Saturday, 20 August 2016

DIY healthy dog treats


healthy dog treat recipe

Most of us know that sugar and garlic is bad for dogs and it surprises me how so many store bought dog treats contain those exact ingredients, and let's not forget about all the other additives they put in there to make the treats "tastier" and cheaper to produce. Even though there are natural and organic options, they are usually more expensive, so I decided to make my own! It's actually really simple and Leo loved them!

Here's the recipe:

1 cup oat flour 
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (I used a mix of cheddar and mozzarella)
1/3 teaspoon turmeric powder (for color but also for health benefits*)
1 egg
1/2 - 1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together except for the water. Add the water little by little until it becomes a dough. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut out the treats or form them with your hands like i did (I do not own a cookie cutter). Line a pan with baking paper or just smear some coconut oil on the pan so that the cookies don't stick. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and then let them cool down. 
You can store them in Ziploc bags in the fridge for a couple of days or freeze them!

*Turmeric side note: Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory effects, which is very beneficial for senior dogs with arthritis and joint pain. Research has also shown that turmeric can lower bad cholesterol levels and support heart and liver health.
Turmeric also has a detox-effect on the liver and helps to boost the livers ability to get rid of toxins from the body. Last but not least, turmeric has anti-cancer properties!!! 
Click here if you want to read more about turmeric and it's health benefits for your dog.

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