Daily Archives: March 30, 2013

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

HEALTHY APPLE CARROT AND BROWN RICE COOKIES
Did you know?
Apples in addition to being tasty treats, provide nutritional benefits to your dog. They offer vitamin C and dietary fiber, and they are low in sodium and saturated fat. They contain calcium and phosphorus, and they also add to a dog’s skin and coat health by adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to your dog’s diet. Dogs with sensitive digestion are said to tolerate apples well. Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer.
Carrots especially when processed (baked or dehydrated) to boost the ability to ingest, are definitely the most nutrition rich veggie available to dogs right now. The natural benefits to carrots are the vitamins that it contains (Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6). Not only do carrots bring in nutritious anti-oxidants to your canines eating habits, they also are rich in insoluble fibers which commonly boost digestive tract wellness in your animal. Carrots also provide distilled natural oils to naturally guard your dog from worms.
Brown Rice is less likely to cause allergy symptoms in your dog. It is a good source of the mineral selenium which has been found to reduce the incidence of cancer and cataracts. Brown Rice contains magnesium which plays a major role in maintaining bodily nerves, bones and muscles and is necessary for sustaining a normal heart beat. Brown Rice is also rich in vitamin E which promotes immunity and is necessary for a healthy skin in dog.
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HEALTHY APPLE CARROT AND BROWN RICE COOKIES
3 cups Oat flour – see handy tip
1 apple – grated, skin on
1 cup shredded raw carrot
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley – OR 1 tspn. dried
¼ cup pumpkin – mashed (no spice) – optional
1 cup chicken broth – low sodium Organic, no onion
Handy Tip: Oat Flour can be made by grinding rolled oats in a food processor, blender or vita mixer until it is the consistency of flour.
Preheat oven to 170° C (340° F) and line 2 cookie trays with parchment paper.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to form rounded dough ball.
(If dough appears a little sticky, work in a little extra Oat flour).
Turn dough out onto floured work surface and knead gently for about one minute.
Roll dough to about ¼ to ½ inch thickness and using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut out shapes and place on to cookie trays.
Repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place until all dough is used.
Place cookie trays in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
Remove from oven, turn cookies over and allow to sit on cookie tray for 5 minutes.
Place cookies on a wire cooling rack to completely cool.
Yield: about 60 small to medium size cut out cookies.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Apple Carrot and Brown Rice Cookies only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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