This post is for all you health-geeks out there–myself included. I really wanted to try my hand at making some healthy dog treats, and in the course of looking around for some online recipes, I stumbled across this one from 17 Apart (they post lots of “How to’s” and DIY’s): Carrot & Banana Natural Dog Treat Recipe.
I followed their recipe very closely, the only exception being that I did not have the variety of colored carrots that they used. Mine were just plain orange. The other step I did differently was to press out the dog-treat dough into a large cookie sheet and score it, rather than rolling it out and cutting out dog bone-shaped treats. For one thing, I don’t have bone-shaped cookie cutters, and for another thing, I found it very difficult to get my dough to the right consistency to roll out. It was a lot more crumbly than 17 Apart’s. You might have to experiment with the amount of water/oil/egg that you use in order to get the right consistency.
Another idea you might try would be to add some ground or whole flax seed to the recipe. Flax seed is wonderful for dogs–it helps their bowel movements, as well as making their coats shiny and healthy. Ground flax seed also can act as a binder, and might keep the dough from being as crumbly.
Lastly, these treats can be frozen very well in a plastic bag in the freezer, so that they don’t spoil. Both our dogs love these treats–fresh and frozen–in fact, I think they like them better when they’re frozen. They’re a little chewier, and make a cool treat after a long walk!
Give these treats a try, and let me know what you think of the results!