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Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

SWEET POTATO MINI MUFFINS
Did you know?
Sweet Potatoes
are one of nature’s nearly perfect foods. Sweet potatoes are so healthy they should be fed to your dog daily! Health benefits include; contain potent antioxidants to aid in healing, cancer prevention, and fighting the effects of aging. They are rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium and are a source of dietary fiber to help with those dreaded loose stools. They also contain valuable anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Mint is known to be a natural antidepressant for dogs and also contains antipruritic or anti-itch properties. Mint helps in oral care as it is germicidal and as well as a breath freshener.

Sweet Potato & Mint

SWEET POTATO MINI MUFFINS
1 medium to large cooked, mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup wholemeal (whole wheat) flour
1/4 – 1/2 cup water (adjust liquid according to size of potato used)
1 tbsp. fresh mint or 1 heaped tsp. dried mint
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and spray mini cupcake tins with cooking spray.
Add all the ingredients to a medium sized bowl and mix together thoroughly.
Scoop teaspoon size portions into each mini cupcake cavity, filling to about ¾ full.
Bake for 40 minutes or until any little peaks appear golden brown.
Remove the tins from the oven and place mini muffins on a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 40 mini muffins.

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 SWEET POTATO MINI MUFFINS 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.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

BEEF SNAX – Wheat and Gluten Free
Did you know?
Beef is a unique, special food. It offers a vast array of vitamins, minerals and protein, all essential for your dog’s healthy diet. Some of the important vitamins found in beef include several B vitamins, B12, folate, thiamine, and riboflavin. B vitamins are known to help maintain your dog’s metabolism, immune system and blood glucose levels. In addition to these essential vitamins, beef also offers vitamins E, K, and D. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant, and Vitamin K is vital to blood clotting and bone health. The minerals found in beef include, iron, a key mineral that helps get oxygen to all body cells, potassium, calcium, zinc, and magnesium, important for many essential body functions, including muscle, bone, and cellular functions.
Beef is a great source of protein, providing your dog with long lasting energy.

Beef Snax

BEEF SNAX – Wheat and Gluten Free
500 grams (1 lb) minced beef (ground beef)
1/2 apple, grated
1/2 cup carrots, shredded and chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin, shredded and chopped
1 small to medium sweet potato, steamed, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup oats, gluten free
1 large egg
Preheat your oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a jelly roll tin with parchment paper.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Press and work mixture into the jelly roll tin, it should be approximately 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for 40 – 45 minutes.
Remove from the oven and reduce oven temperature to 110° C (230° F).
Using a sharp knife or a pastry cutter, score the treats into squares or shapes, 1 inch x 1 inch or 2 inches x 1 inch, depending on your dog.
Flip the treats once you’ve cut them and then return the tin to the oven.
Bake for another 40 minutes.
These Beef Snax brown quickly, so check them often, you don’t want them to burn (oven temperatures vary).
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
Yield: lots!
Beef Snax -2

I doubled the ingredients listed above and made 2 trays of Beef Snax

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 BEEF SNAX 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.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

BEEFO’S
Did you know?
Parsley
acts like an antioxidant in that it eliminates toxins and maintains the elasticity of the blood vessels. It is very beneficial for the liver, digestive system, to re-boot the immune system, reduce stress levels in the endocrine system and will benefit every area of digestion. It has diuretic qualities and is an antispasmodic, aiding in protecting the bladder from the accumulation of bladder stones. Parsley is also a carminative, helping to reduce as well as release cramp-producing gasses.
It can aid in the expelling of tapeworms and other parasites.
Olive Oil is very effective at arming the body’s immune system so it can efficiently fight off disease. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is rich in polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll, and carotenoids, contains high levels of antioxidants, oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer, which kills a staggering 50 percent of dogs over age 10.
Garlic – When it comes to garlic, most dog owners are divided on their opinion.
Even though Garlic is related to Onion and contains thiosulphate (which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage and even death) it is Onions which have MUCH higher concentration levels of thiosulphate. Garlic it should be noted, contains very small, barely traceable thiosulphate levels, which are not stored in the body and do not build up.  A dog would have to consume a HUGE quantity for any negative effects. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, boosts the immune system, makes dogs less desirable to fleas and is antiparasitic. Fresh, raw organic garlic is always best, but Kyolic Aged Liquid Garlic is also good. Powdered garlic lacks medicinal qualities, but does tempt taste buds.
See * Note

Beefo's
BEEFO’S
500 grams (1 pound) beef stew meat – chuck, round or blade steak.
1 tbsp. Parsley
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 small clove Garlic, crushed/pressed (optional)
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a baking tray with foil or parchment paper.
Cut beef into 3/4 – 1 inch cubes (no smaller as the pieces shrink while cooking) and place in medium size bowl.
Add parsley and olive oil (and optional garlic) and using your hands or a heavy spoon, mix thoroughly until all the meat is well covered with the oil mixture.
Place meat cubes on to the lined baking tray.
Bake for 1 to 1½ hours (bigger pieces take longer time in the oven plus, ovens vary).
Remove from oven and stir in baking tray.
Reduce heat to 100° C (200° F) and return to oven for another hour to 1 to 1½ hours.
Remove the BEEFO’S from oven and place them on a kitchen paper lined wire cooling rack to cool.
When done, BEEFO’S should be small, dry, crunchy, drooling morsels, perfect for training treats and rewards.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store
in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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 2 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BEEFO’S 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.

*Note:  (I may post the occasional Treat/Cookie recipe listing garlic in the ingredients – it will always be an OPTIONAL INGREDIENT – and therefore your choice to include or not.
I have checked with the 3m’s Vet regarding the inclusion of Garlic in their diet).

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

VERY BERRY DOGGY GRANOLA BARS
Did you know?
Coconut
contains No Trans-Fats, is Gluten-Free, Non-Toxic, Hypoallergenic, and also contains Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, and Anti-parasitic healing properties.
Cranberries contain a unique array of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients and research is continuing into what appears to be excellent anti-cancer properties. They are well known in protecting against Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) in your pet.
Cherries provide beneficial properties for a range of inflammatory-related conditions in your pet. A recent study by University of Michigan researchers revealed a cherry-enriched diet reduced inflammation markers in animals by up to 50 per cent.
Pumpkin seeds are known to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis without the side effects of using anti-inflammatory drugs. They are also a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.
Sunflower seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.
Sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
Maple syrup is an antioxidant powerhouse. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island found that maple syrup is filled with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that may help prevent several chronic and inflammatory diseases like diabetes and cancer. It settles digestion issues and helps with muscle recovery as it is an excellent source of manganese, which helps repair muscle and cell damage; it also keeps bones strong and blood sugar levels normal.

Doggy Granola

VERY BERRY DOGGY GRANOLA BARS – Wheat and gluten-free
2½ cups old-fashioned rolled Oats – gluten free
1 cup unsweetened flaked Coconut
½ cup unsweetened dried Cranberries, chopped
½ cup unsweetened dried Cherries, chopped (you can use blueberries)
½ cup Pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp. Sunflower seeds
2 tbsp. Sesame seeds
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ cup unsweetened Applesauce
1 – 2 ripe Bananas, mashed (depending on size)
½ cup unsalted natural crunchy Peanut Butter – organic
2 tbsp. Maple Syrup – organic
Preheat the oven to 180° C (350º F.) and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
Place the oats, coconut, cranberries, cherries (or blueberries), seeds and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
Combine the peanut butter, banana, applesauce and maple syrup in a bowl and stir with a fork until the mixture is creamy.
Add the peanut butter mixture to the oat mixture and either mix together, you may need to use your hands, until the mixture appears to be thoroughly combined, OR mix with your stand mixer, on a medium speed using a paddle attachment until everything is combined. The mixture is sticky and doesn’t look as if it has come together, that’s OK, in the next step it happens.
Press the sticky mixture into the parchment-lined jelly-roll pan.
Bake 15 minutes, depending on your oven, or until it is golden and crispy.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the jelly roll pan.
When cooled, use a knife to cut it into small bars or break into bits.

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 VERY BERRY DOGGY GRANOLA BARS 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.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH TREATS
Did you know?
Pumpkin cooked fresh, Pumpkin Seeds (see additional recipe below) and canned pumpkin (unsweetened, not pie filling) have many benefits for dogs. There is good reason pumpkin is often a top ingredient in higher quality kibble.
It can help with the following pet ailments:
Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our fur kids, as well as for us. Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. It can also help dogs with indigestion or upset stomachs.
Urinary Health: The oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.
Weight Loss: If you are looking to take a few pounds off of your dog, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of fresh cooked, mashed or canned pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.
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ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH TREATS
1 large Butternut Squash – no need to peel.
Preheat oven to 165° C (325° F) and line 2 large cookie trays with parchment paper.
Cut Butternut Squash (neck) into slices (see photo) about 1/2 inch thickness.
When you get to the seeds, cut through the middle, scoop out the seeds with a spoon and set aside, (see included recipe) continue cutting slices until all the Butternut Squash is sliced.
Place the slices on cookie trays and roast for 60 – 90 minutes (cooking time really depends on the size of the slices and your oven). The slices will shrink considerably, don’t worry, it’s all part of the process.
Remove the cookie trays from the oven (the slices may appear moist) and turn the slices over.
Return the cookie trays to the oven and cook for another 60 – 90 minutes, checking around 60 minutes.
It’s essential to keep watching the slices, they can brown very quickly once they are nearly done.
Remove and let cool completely on wire cooling rack.

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS TREATS
Preheat oven to 165° C (325° F) and line cookie tray with parchment paper, lightly misted with non-stick cooking spray.
Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings.
Place the seeds in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes, or until they are lightly toasted. Check and stir the seeds every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool – see storage details below.
As with any seeds, feed these Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Treats with moderation.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
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 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 Roasted Butternut Squash Treats – or – Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Treats 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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Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

CRUNCHY CHICKEN AND BROWN RICE TREATS
Did you know:
Chicken is a very good source of lean, high quality protein.
Brown rice is an excellent source of fiber, manganese, selenium and magnesium.
Brown rice is also less likely to cause dog allergy symptoms.
Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our fur kids.
Pureed pumpkin can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea.
Parsley is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes. It acts as a tonic, meaning it helps to boost the body’s overall functioning, clearing the bloodstream and liver of toxins. It also acts as a diuretic, great for dogs who are prone to kidney and bladder infections, incontinence, and arthritis. It can help improve bad breath in dogs!

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Crunchy Chicken and Brown Rice Treats
500 grams Chicken Mince (approx. 1 pound of ground Chicken)
1½ cups Oat Flour – see Handy Tip
2 cups brown rice – cooked
1 cup pumpkin – cooked and mashed
½ cup chopped parsley (fresh – if possible)
1 small garlic clove – pressed
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 egg – lightly beaten
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 165° C (330° F.) and lightly grease 2 medium size jelly roll pans.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly to combine.
Spread mixture into the greased pans, using a spatula or the back of a desert spoon. Smooth out to about ¼ to ½ inch in thickness. If you don’t mind the mess, use wet hands to spread the mixture, it’s easier.
Bake for 60 minutes (50 minutes if your oven runs hot, ovens vary).
Remove pans from oven and lower oven temperature to 120° C (250° F).
Gently score the Crunchy Chicken and Brown Rice mixture into 1 inch squares, this will make it easier to break the treats apart when cooled.
Return the pans to oven and cook for another 50 minutes.
Remove pans from the oven and turn the squares over using a food slice or turner. If the underneath still appears a little moist, (it depends on the thickness of mixture when you first spread it into the jelly roll pans) return the pans to the oven for another 10 minutes to thoroughly dry them out. The treats should be a golden in color and crisp/dried when done.
Place the Crunchy Chicken and Brown Rice Treats squares on wire cooling rack to cool.
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers for 5 days.
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 also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Crunchy Chicken and Brown Rice Treats 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.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

CHICKEN TATER TREATS
Did you know:
Flaxseeds contain high levels of lignans (natural chemicals). While flaxseeds do appear to lose some of their actual nutritional benefits during baking, the lignans remain stable. These lignans provide many important benefits to your pet including: antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.
Chicken Tater Treats
CHICKEN TATER TREATS
500 grams Chicken mince (1 lb. ground Chicken)
1 large Sweet Potato (cooked and mashed)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 medium garlic clove, (pressed)
4 tbsp. ground flaxseed meal
(you can use 5 tbsp. rolled oats or oat flour if you like)
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and very lightly grease a jelly roll tray with oil.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing up very well.
Spoon mixture on to tray and spread evenly and as flatly as possible over the tray.
The mixture should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick on tray when spread.
Bake for about 50 – 60 minutes (depends on your oven).
Reduce the oven temp. to 110° C (230° F) and remove the tray from oven.
Score through the mixture with a knife or pizza cutter, horizontally and then vertically, you are aiming for about 1 inch squares.
Place the tray back into the oven.
Bake for another 50 – 60 minutes, keep checking the treats, they can brown quickly.
When done, the treats should be fairly dry and a little crispy. They smell delicious!
Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in the refrigerator.
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 also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 4 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these Chicken Tater Treats 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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