9 easy-to-make dog treats that your kids can help with

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This is a guest post by Animal Behavior Specialist Jenny Perkins. She loves to write about the nutrition, health and care of dogs and aims to provide tips to dog owners that can help them become better 'pet parents'.

 

Kids love to explore new skills and try out different activities. Getting them to help out in the kitchen is an exciting – and rewarding – way of achieving this goal. And what can be more fun than making treats for their pets (besides making treats for themselves, perhaps!) Here are eight easy-to-make dog treat recipes that your little chefs can help you with: 

 

9 easy-to-make dog treats that your kids can help you with

 

1. Banana Pumpkin Biscuits

  1. The first step for baked treats is preheating the oven. You would have to heat it at 350°F.
  2. Mix 1 banana (mashed), ¼ cup pumpkin puree, and ½ cup coconut flour in a bowl and knead a ball of dough.
  3. Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness and get the little chefs to help you out in cutting cookies. You can get cookie cutters in various fun shapes to make it fun for your kids.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the biscuits on it and bake for about 20 minutes.
  5. Let them cool, and voila, your dog can enjoy these nutritious treats.

2. Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine 2 cups whole wheat flour, ½ cup Peanut butter, and two eggs in a large bowl.
  3. Now gradually add water about 1 tbsp. at a time until you can knead a dough of the mixture.
  4. Roll the dough and flatten it out to about ¼ inch. Cut out the cookies and put them on the parchment tray. Bake the biscuits for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Healthy Dog Bites

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl combine 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup rolled oats and ½ cup of flaxseed.
  3. Add ½ cup of beef broth and ¼ cup peanut butter to the dry mixture.  You can add additional broth gradually until the mixture can be rolled out to form a dough.
  4. Flatten it out to about 1/4inch thickness and cut out cookies.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes; remember to flip them halfway.

4. Oat, Peanut Butter and Potato Treats

  1. Mix 1 ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup peanut butter and 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes in a bowl and roll a ball of dough.
  2.  Scoop out dough into molds (your kids can help with this part) and press it with the back of a spoon, so it confines the entire mold.
  3. Refrigerate or freeze the treats until firm.

5. Blueberry Frozen Treats

  1. Blend a banana, few blueberries, about 18 to 20 mint leaves and 1 cup low-fat yogurt until the mixture forms a puree.
  2. Pour the mix into silicon molds and freeze until it becomes firm. Voila, delicious frozen treats are ready.

Since these don’t involve baking, the process will be safer for younger children where there is a danger of getting too close to the oven. 

6. Pumpkin Carrot Bites

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Add ¾ cup pureed or canned pumpkin, ¼ cup carrots (shredded), one egg, and 1 cup whole wheat flour to a bowl. Combine the ingredients in a batter.
  3. Roll out small balls of the mixture and place them on a lined baking tray.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes.

7. Banana Almond Treats

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F and prepare a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  2. Add half a banana (mashed), ¾ cup unsalted almond butter, one tsp. ground cinnamon and an egg in a bowl and mix it to form a batter.
  3. Spoon out small amounts on your tray and bake for 10 minutes, turning the pan halfway through the process (at 5 minutes).
  4. Cool the treats after removing from the oven and then serve them to your pup.

8. Salmon Brownies

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. In a medium bowl mix one can of salmon, 1/3 cup coconut flour and two eggs.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes and then add sweet potato (remove the skin).
  4. Grease a 9-inch pan using coconut oil and add the mixture to the pan.
  5. Bake for 60 minutes and let the brownies cool a little before cutting out the pieces.

9. Fusion Balls

You can fix your pup some delicious treats by using any high-quality canned dog food.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix a can of dog food, 2 cups whole wheat flour, one egg, and 1 cup pureed sweet potatoes.
  3. Scoop out the mixture to form balls and press them to give the shape of cookies.
  4. Bake the biscuits for about 4 hours. Don't serve them instantly, instead let them rest in the oven overnight.

A few bits of advice:

  • These treats should be given occasionally and not regularly as a part of meals.
  • For recipes that require peanut butter, I would suggest making it at home as the store bought variety may contain high sodium content.

 

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