It’s that time of year again where everyone begins to tone down the eating and amp up the healthy vibes. Not only are B and I attempting to be healthier during 2017, but why not bring our pups into the mix? This recipe is extremely simple, requires barely any preparation time, and Donté and Stella cannot get enough of them!
Before looking into the below ingredients, please note that you can us ANY flavor of baby food you desire (just make sure to check that there are NO onions/onion powder*). I made several versions, but the favorite seem to be (1) banana + carrot and (2) turkey + sweet potato. I added carrot chunks in both batches, but feel free to add in whatever you know your pooch(es) like! …blueberry…chicken…beef…parsley…the possibilities are endless!
4 oz cans pureed baby food // 2 cans
Flour (organic, non-bleached) // 2 cups
Large carrot // 1, chopped or shredded
- Set the oven to 350°.
- Spray cookie sheets (my batch needed 2 sheets) with cooking spray.
- Combine 2 cups of flour, baby food, and chopped/shredded carrot in large mixing bowl. Mix to form a stiff dough, adding water or flour as needed. (Note: I used 2, 2.5 oz cans of turkey and 1, 4 oz can of sweet potatoes…so I added in about an extra 1/2 cup of flour. The good news is, it’s practically impossible to screw these up! The pups love it all!)
- Roll out dough to approximately 1/4 inch on a lightly floured surface. Next, just like baking cookies, use cookie cutters for fun shapes or a pizza cutter for cubes.
- Place on baking sheets about 1/2 an inch apart (they don’t expend much at all). Bake at 350° for 17 to 25 minutes (depending on the strength of your oven).
- Once cool, store in paper baggies for hard treats or an air-tight container for soft treats.
Not only do I make these for our pups about once every-other week, but I have also made several batches as gifts! Who doesn’t love it when someone spreads the love to not only you, but your fur-babies as well?!
*Onions are toxic to dogs! If you’re unsure about what you can/cannot include, check out this list of possibly toxic foods from the ASPCA. Not everything on there is toxic, but each one links to an explanation of why you may want to avoid it.