During this lockdown period, I’ve been getting back into the family tradition of baking my own cakes, which I normally don’t have time to do. However, to avoid adding inches to my own waistline, I made some “figure-conscious” treats for my furry best friend too! Just like my cakes, they are much cheaper than shop-bought (and probably tastier!), plus you know exactly what’s gone into them!
What better way to thank them for their special companionship during these strange times (and quite honestly keeping me sane!)?
DIABETIC DOG TREATS
If you have a diabetic dog, then you know it is hard to find a treat that will do no harm. This is one of those treats, that Barb Maxwell created for her own dog. It is super- easy to fix (ready in only 20 minutes!), and even dogs without diabetes will enjoy them!
5 mins. prep & 15 mins. cook.
• ½ Cup whole wheat flour
• 2 eggs
• 1 ½ Pounds beef liver, cut into pieces
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 10×15 inch jellyroll pan with parchment paper.
2. Place the liver into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. If you have room, add the flour and eggs, and process until smooth. Otherwise, transfer to a bowl, and stir in the flour and eggs using a wooden spoon. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the center is firm.
4. Cool, and cut into squares (a pizza cutter is ideal for this). The treats will have a consistency similar to a sponge. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA DOG TREATS
If your dog prefers a sweeter tasting treat, these are perfect because they are sweet BUT low in sugar and sodium, as well as dairy/gluten/wheat free, so you won’t end up with a podgy pooch!
Makes approx. 24 treats but you can 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. They are also suitable for freezing, so easy to ration!
• 1 banana, peeled
• 1 cup oat flour
• 2/3 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 cup dried parsley (or substitute dried mint for half the parsley)
• 3 tablespoons peanut butter (Care: MUST NOT contain xylitol – it is toxic to dogs)
• 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.
4. Set aside for 5 minutes.
5. Roll mixture between palm of your hands into balls (using about 1 tablespoon dough for each)
6. Transfer to a large lined baking sheet as done. 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.
7. Bake 40-45 minutes or until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom.
8. Set aside to let cool completely.
Storage note: It’s best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Or, freeze them to give to your pal later; just be sure to thaw the treats before handing them out.
I hope your pooch loves these as much as mine does and please feel free to share some pics on our facebook page.
Wishing you and your canine companions the best of health – always!
Helen Broadley & The FidoActive Team