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As I was picking up frozen dog food at my local Holistic Pet Food store, I could not help but to notice how expensive good quality dog treats are. We should not have to compromise the health and safety of our furry friends just to try and stay within our food budget. So with that in mind, today I offer you more recipes that you can make for your Snow Dog. Treats can be healthy and yummy and easy on the budget too.
I offer two Wheat Free Recipes for those dogs that may have wheat allergies and two frozen treat recipe for those Snow Dogs that would like a yummy and nutritious frozen treat.
Wheat Free Banana Carrots Bars
1 large ripe banana
½ cup shredded carrot
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup spelt flour
- In a bowl mash banana well using a fork.
- Add carrot, cinnamon, and spelt flour.
- Mix all the ingredients together well until if forms a dough ball.
- Turn out onto a floured surface and roll out dough until it is a ¾ inch thick.
- Then using a large knife, cut the dough vertically and then horizontally creating evenly sized dough bars. Make the bars as large or small as you would like.
- Transfer the cut bars onto a nonstick cookie sheet using a floured spatula.
- Bake at bars at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges of the bars start to lightly brown.
- Remove from oven and allow bars to cool.
- Place bars into a covered container and store in the fridge.
Makes 10 to 15 bars.
Banana – High in fibre and protein. Contains vitamins B6 and C, manganese, potassium, folate, biotin, and copper.
Carrots – High in fibre and an excellent source of Vitamin A , C and E. It also contains calcium, iron, potassium, folate, manganese, magnesium phosphorus, and zinc.
Spelt Flour – Iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and protein.
Tropical Frozen Dogsicles
6 oz. of 2% Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
½ cup of coconut water
1 large ripe banana
Some small disposable paper cups
- In a medium sized bowl, mash the ripe banana with fork.
- Stir in yogurt.
- Add coconut water.
- Stir until the ingredients form a smooth paste.
- Set out the paper cups and fill each cup to only 2/3 full to allow for expansion.
- Freeze upright until frozen hard.
- To serve, peel off paper and place frozen treat into a dish and let your dog enjoy his frozen Dogsicle treat.
Makes 8 to 10 Dogsicle treats.
Yogurt – a natural source of a calcium, protein, potassium, and magnesium. Contains Lactobacillus acidophilus for maintaining good intestinal flora.
Coconut water – has a high concentration of fibre making it good for digestion. It also contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Cheesy Bacon and Egg Mini Doggy Muffins
3 or 4 slices of cooked and chopped up turkey bacon
½ cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup of spelt flour
¼ cup of 2% milk
- In a medium sized bowl, place flour, cooked and chopped bacon, and grated cheddar cheese. Mix distributing ingredients evenly.
- Then add eggs and milk. Mix thoroughly until it forms a sticky dough consistency.
- Into a non stick mini muffin pan, add spoonfuls of dough mixture. Do not overfill muffin wells.
- Bake in 350 degree Fahrenheit over for 15 minutes or until the muffins begin to brown at the edges.
- Remove from oven and allow the muffins to cool.
- Remove muffins from pan and store in a closed container.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen mini doggy muffins.
Eggs – a good source of Vitamin A, B2, B5, B6, B12, D, E, and K. They also contain protein, folate, phosphorus, selenium, calcium, and zinc.
Cheese – a good source of protein, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, riboflavin. It also contains vitamin A and B12.
Turkey bacon – a source of vitamin D, B12, and B6 . It also contains magnesium protein, potassium and iron.
Kale and Ginger Frozen Treats
3 leaves of kale, with stems and ribs removed
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbls molasses
1 cup of water
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients.
- Mix until smooth.
- Pour mixture into silicon moulded shapes.
- Place into freezer and allow to freeze until frozen solid.
- Remove from mould and store in plastic freezer bag in the freezer.
Kale – high in iron, vitamin A, C and K. Contains fibre, folate, magnesium, calcium and antioxidants.
Ginger – Choline, folte, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc and vitamin B3, B5, C and E.
Molasses – niacin, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, selenium and vitamin B6 and B5.
So there you have it, Healthy Homemade Treats On A Budget!
Happy Making and Baking!
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