All Natural Dog Treats
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons beef or chicken bouillon granules (1 square)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, vegetable oil, and boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes. Grease cookie sheets.
3. Thoroughly stir in cornmeal, bouillon, milk, Cheddar cheese, and egg. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, until a stiff dough has formed.
4. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface, mixing in additional flour as necessary until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutter, and place 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
5. Bake 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool before serving. Store in a loosely covered container.
Apple Crunch Dog Cookies
1/2 cup applesauce
3 cups water
2 tbsp honey
1/8 tbsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup dried apple chips
1 tbsp baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Mix water, applesauce (unsweetened), honey, egg, and vanilla together in a bowl.
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended.
4. Pour into lightly greased muffin pans.
5. Bake in preheated oven, approx. 1 hour & 15 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
Peanut Butter & Banana Biscuits
The parsley in these treats makes them a secret breath freshener for your pooch; substitute dried mint for half of the parsley, if you like. Don’t hesitate to adjust the size of the treats to accommodate very small or very large dogs, baking them a few minutes less or a few minutes more, as needed.
1 Banana, peeled
1 cup oat flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
½ cup dried parsley
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
2. Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly.
3. Add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter and egg and stir well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.
4. Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each; transfer to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done.
5. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2- to 2-inch) coin.
6. Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.
Martha Stewart’s Homemade Dog Biscuits
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside.
2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.
3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife.(Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog’s size.)
4. If desired, you can spell out your dog’s name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won’t stick).
5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off oven, leaving door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.