As pet parents go, we all are guilty of indulging our babies. Whether you go to your local pet shop, or you avail of online offers, there is a tremendous variety of options available these days – from toys to accessories to treats. With toys and accessories, we will generally need to buy them, but it’s a different case with treats. Many a times, we can’t be sure of the types of preservatives and dyes that are used to make these treats. Yes of course, there are organic and gourmet treats available that are not mass produced. But many a times they tend to be a little heavy on the pocket. So why not make your own treats from the comfort of your home? All you need are of course the ingredients and an oven (or a microwave/convection oven).
So here are some tried and tested recipes that are all-time favourites with pooches. (All recipes below have been tested and have met the quality standards of our research and development team – Doogie the lab, Mac the retriever, Angel the Great Dane and Bhura Ram and Whiney, our resident Indie experts)
Cinnamon Bun Bites
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- (you can also add ½ a cup chopped apples or carrot here if you wish)
For the cream cheese topping:
- ¼ cup cream cheese or cheese spread
- 1-2 tbsp milk or water
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix. In another bowl, add all the wet ingredients and mix well. Combine the dry and wet ingredients to make a dough. Once the dough is ready, roll it out and cut out strips and roll them out into little cinnamon buns. Drizzle honey on top of the buns and then sprinkle some cinnamon powder on it. Place these on a baking sheet or a tray. Bake for 15 mins. In a separate bowl mix the cream cheese and water or milk to make a paste. Once the buns are cooled, drizzle this paste on top.
Peanut Butter and Banana Treats
- 1 banana, ripe and peeled
- I cup flour
- 2/3 cups dry oats
- ½ cup dried mint or parsley
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 large egg
Preheat the oven to 300°F or 150°C. Mash the banana with a spoon and add it to all the ingredients. Mix well. Using a tablespoon, measure out 24 balls of this mixture. Use a spoon or the heel of your hand to press the balls into flat coins. Bake for 40 to 45 mins. Set aside to cool before storing it.
Frozen fruit/veggie treats
- Two cups chicken broth or mutton or pork or beef broth
- Your choice of veggies – carrots, beans, beetroot, cucumbers, pumpkin etc
- Your choice of fruit – apples, pears, bananas, mango, watermelon, kiwi, etc
- Ice trays or moulds and popsicle sticks
Here it is general preferable to make your own broth. You can do so by pressure cooking any of the meat with lots of water. Once it has cooled, add to a mould or an ice tray. Add your choice of veggies or fruits or even a combination of the two. Add the popsicle sticks to the mould as shown in the pic. Keep in the fridge till frozen.
Bacon Flavoured Dog Biscuits
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 tbsp bacon fat, melted
- 5 cups whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Grease a cookie sheet or a baking sheet with some oil. Beat eggs in a bowl and add all the wet ingredients to it. Mix well. Slowly add the flour and make a dough. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut it out into shapes. Bake for 35 to 40 mins. Cool once ready.
Carrot cake with Peanut Butter or Cream Cheese
- ½ cup wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 2 medium carrots, grated
- 3 tbsp honey
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- Peanut butter and cream cheese for the icing
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C. Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl. Add the dry ingredients to this. Place the mixture in a baking mould. You can also make individual cup cakes here. Make sure to line the moulds with some butter before putting the mixture in. Let it bake for about 20 mins and then test the cake by using a tooth pick to poke it in the centre. If the centre is still uncooked, bake for a further 8 to 10 mins. Keep an eye on the exterior to prevent burning. Cool and then add the peanut butter and cream cheese as icing.
Since none of the recipes mentioned here have any preservatives in them, they will need to be stored in air-tight containers and refrigerated. If kept refrigerated, they can last up to a week. So, get your measuring cups out and watch this space for more recipes. We would also love it if you can share your doggie’s favourite home-made treat recipe with us! Happy pet parenting!
Recipe credits: petspyjamas.com, www.babble.com, www.allrecipes.com, wholefoodsmarket.com