November 28, 2011

Dog Recipe of the Day: Breakfast Treats

Filed under: Dog Recipes,Uncategorized — klewis @ 11:54 pm

We headed to the kitchen today to bake some delicious, healthy dog treats. Often times we make cherry coconut dog biscuits (Moxie’s personal favorite, which we specifically formulated for healthy joints and skin) but we’re always on the lookout for dog treats that are tasty AND nutritious for our labradoodles. There are so many dog treat recipes online but many contain corn, wheat, sugar, garlic, etc…. many of the things we avoid in their foods. So, why would we want to bake them into their treats?! Every ingredient in our treats has a purpose. Here is a simple recipe with some great ingredients your dog is sure to love!

Breakfast Treats  (good anytime of day!) Purpose for these treats: Great for your dog’s cardiovascular and digestive systems

4 cups Rolled Oats

2 Tbsp ground Flax Seed

2 medium ripe Bananas

½ cup natural Peanut Butter (no sugar or shortening added)

½ cup water

1. Preheat oven to 375

2. Mix all ingredients together in a mixer.

 

 

3. Drop teaspoon size balls on your baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until slightly golden.

 

*Dog biscuit baking tip: if you desire crunchy biscuits, once their baking time is done, just turn your oven off but leave them in there with oven door closed until cool (hours later). This acts as a dehydrator and removes the remaining moisture in the treats which makes them crunchy, and allows them to stay fresh longer.

So, why use these ingredients you might ask?

Oats: They’re best known to be healthy for the heart, and contain some cancer fighting properties. They are rich in antioxidents, and are also a good source of many nutrients such as vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and protein.  Also having a high silicone content, they are beneficial to our dog’s bones and teeth. They can also soothe the gastrointestinal and nervous systems.

Flax seed: Is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, making for healthy skin and a shiny coat. Omega 3’s are also great for your dog’s heart. Flax seen can reduce inflammation, and is also high in fiber.  

Bananas: These are packed with creamy, sweet flavor which is attractive to a dog’s palate but also carry a power punch of superior nutrition to your dog’s system. They are high in fiber and iron, while carrying several essential amino acids. They also contain electrolytes, minerals, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese.  Because their natural sugars provide instant energy, many working and performance dogs thrive on bananas. They’re also great for a dog recovering from an illness or surgery as they assist in maintaining normal blood pressure, heart function, and fluid balance. Also, because of the electrolytes and fiber bananas contain, they’re great for restoring normal digestive tract function for dogs dealing with constipation or diarrhea.   

Peanut Butter: A highly digestible food, with plenty of protein and healthy fats, this is a great ingredient to use in dog treats for making everything stick together. The amino acids found in the protein help build and repair your dog’s muscles, and the healthy fats are good for their hearts. Also having a high fiber content, peanut butter works with the other ingredients in this recipe to promote a healthy heart and digestive system.   

              4. Feed them to your dog and let them enjoy!  

 

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