Puppermints (gluten free)

Puppermint Dog Treat Recipe

A healthy diet of whole foods keeps The Boys’ breath fresher than kibble would, but who among us doesn’t get some dog breath now and then? Greens are the key to getting some fresh breath happening from the inside out. I bought a NutriBullet (loves it!) and I’ve been experimenting with smoothies, so I’ve always got lots of greens in my fridge. Peppermint and Parsley by the Pound, the Perfect P’s for Puppy breath.

I developed a recipe for both a gluten-free version, and a wheat variety. The GF ones are greener, but both are great treats.

INGREDIENTS – GLUTEN FREE PUPPERMINTS
2 1/2 cups All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 cup parsley
1 cup kale
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
1 TBS honey
1TSP salt

INGREDIENTS – WHEAT PUPPERMINTS
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup parsley
1/2 cup kale
1/2 cup mint
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
1 TBS honey
1 tsp salt

Whiz your parsley, mint, kale and water in your blender or whatever you have that will do the trick. Add to large mixing bowl. Add the canola oil, honey, salt and stir. Then slowly add the dry ingredients and mix together, then knead a little bit until dough ball forms. Some flour mixtures make this a bit more crumbly, just add small amounts of water until you’re happy with the texture. This should be a moist dough so you will need to sprinkle a good amount of gf flour to roll out. Roll out dough to about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thickness. I used a (proper measuring) teaspoon to make them round. After you make the cut out, you can just smoosh them into the teaspoon if you want make them rounder on the top (like you see in the picture).

Bake at 250 degrees for 30-40 minutes. I like to cook them at a low temp because I find that natural colours stay stronger this way.

This recipe is for the green ones, but if you want to go that extra crazy dog lady mile and make ones that look like peppermints, just line up strips of a light colored dog treat with the green ones, cut out with the measuring teaspoon, and then kinda schmear them together in the tablespoon.

Cheers to better breath!
xo/J

I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

Blueberry Barkfest Bars (wheat free!)

Well, yesterday was Blue Monday, “the most depressing day of the year” or so they say – I say why not brighten up your life with some beautiful blue breakfast bars for your furry pals? I baked another test batch last night and the smell did indeed give me a boost.  The smell of blueberries is uplifting – and, I do like pretty things, they always cheer me up. As does shopping for new clothes :)

These are hearty and healthy treats that I made for The Boys – and when I can sneak some fruit in there, all the better!

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup pureed blueberries (thawed from frozen)
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups brown rice flour
2 eggs
2 TBS flax (ground or whole seeds)

Thaw the blueberries, then puree them in a little whizzer first or whatever you have that works. They go into a mixing bowl, along with the eggs. Lightly beat the eggs as you mix all together. Smells DELISH! Like blueberry pie. Simply add flax seeds and oats, and mix again with a spoon or spatch. Finally add the flour and mix.

Roll into a ball, then press out onto a baking sheet. It won’t cover the baking sheet, but just go as far as they take you. Make them the thickness of well, a breakfast bar!

To keep the nice blue colour, bake slowly at 250 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Stay warm, and stay well.

xo/J

I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

grain free PuppyPoppers

Hello 2013! Now that we’ve established that the world isn’t ending – it’s time to celebrate life and enjoy even the smallest of pleasures. I hope you all had a great holiday season and baked at least one batch of goodies for you know who. To bring the new year in on a fun note, I chose to make a candy treat that’s actually pretty good for your dog.  The colourful ones above are coated in Royal Yogurt Icing – Fido’s Frosting from K9 Cakery. These colours just POP, don’t they? And, as you can see, they also look good NAKED!

These are super easy to make. I chose buckwheat flour again (the “wheat” part has nothing to do with wheat) and I decided to try out tapioca flour. Tapioca is made from the cassava plant, and it’s a great gluten free flour that’s readily available at the grocery store. Once again I used blackstrap molasses as I’ve been grooving on it’s nutritional benefits and stick-to-it-ness!

INGREDIENTS:

NAKED PUPPY POPPERS:
2 cups buckwheat flour
1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
1/3 cup olive or canola oil
1/2 cup water
2 eggs
tsp salt

PUPPY POPPERS
Fido’s Frosting
Dog friendly food colouring

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Simply mix together the flours and salt. Then add the molasses and get your stand or hand mixer going. Next, crack in your eggs and oil. Mix again. I add the half cup of water last and then give it a final mix until it looks like cookie dough. Sprinkle some flour on your non-stick baking sheet or parchment lined tray. Use a spatula to scoop this brown goop out. Sprinkle more flour on top so you can flatten it out. Press it down to your desired thickness, cut into long strips, then chop bite sized pieces from the strips. Roll into balls and place on tray. Bake at 250 degrees F. for 20 minutes to half an hour. Roll halfway through.


To frost, follow directions on frosting package, add dog safe food colouring (also from K9 CAKERY) and dip/drizzle away. Let them dry on the rack for 24 hours. I can’t wait to share pics of the Diva cookies Laura decorates with this frosting in “Who’s The Boss”, one of our upcoming episodes of Fido & Wine. She puts my icing skills to shame!

MORE GRAIN FREE TREAT RECIPES:
Grain Free BUCKBites
Grain Free GOODBites (featured in Modern Dog Magazine)
D’Eggies
Icy Bones
Berry Good Pupsicles

xo/J

I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

Christmas Has Gone to the Dogs!: Gingerbread

HOLY GINGERBREAD, BATMAN!  Only crazy dog ladies would undertake such a crazy project – A GINORMOUS GINGERBREAD DOG HOUSE! All completely edible for Fido.

Do not, under any circumstances, attempt this at home :)   Seriously, just wait until next week until I post our epic failure of a dog house!  Ok I am calling it a failure, but my fellow crazy dog lady doesn’t think it’s THAT bad.  You decide when we post it this weekend!  Some of the comments we’ve had from friends are that it looks like a “Legion”, “Shanty”, “Beach Shack” “Ghetto Dog House” although in my personal opinion, it looks like a Biker’s club house (no windows, a garage, yes Sons of Anarchy is my favourite show, so it’s probably having an effect).

However, I do recommend that you bake these fantabulous gingerbread cookies from the dough recipe I created.  HUGE YIELD = tons in the freezer, and lots to give as gifts!!

xo/J and Angela

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Grain Free BUCKBites

I haven’t been this excited about a treat recipe in a dog’s age. Thank goodness Xmas is around the corner – methinks I need to get out more. This recipe is timely as I’m super excited that Modern Dog Magazine has included one of my recipes in their Winter 2012 issue - Check it out. They chose the Grain Free GoodBites, so I thought this would be a great time for another GF treat!

I recently learned about Buckwheat Flour from a Red Seal chef who works at Buddy’s Kitchen, near Toronto – makers of fresh food and treats for dogs. If you’re thinking that buckwheat is a cereal grain, you would be wrong! It’s actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and makes a good substitute for grains for people or pets who are sensitive to wheat or gluten. It has a strong nutty taste so it’s not generally used on its own in a recipe, as the taste of the finished product can be very overpowering, and a little bitter. I also used potato flour (not be confused with potato starch flour.) Also grain and gluten free. You can probably buy these flours in the grocery store specialty/organic section, but I just load up on these flours as well as rye and coconut flour at the Bulk Barn. Man I love that store. (hint, hint, sponsor me PLEEEEZE!) I also buy blackstrap molasses there. Because the potato and buckwheat flour has no gluten, you need a good binder, and the molasses is perfect. It also disguises some of the bitter buckwheat taste by adding some sweetness, the dogs love it, and unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses retains such vitamins and minerals as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. It’s actually got a lot going for it – another thing I learned when developing this recipe!
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Grain-Free GoodBites


Greetings, fellow passengers!

I know a lot of you are looking for recipes for dogs with allergies, so I’ve come up with this grain-free duck and potato treat. I did my best to stay away from other food items that some dogs are allergic to, such as eggs. Instead, I used some “no sugar added” applesauce in place of the egg as the binder in the recipe. It’s a sticky and wet dough without flour – but the results are worth it, especially if your little one can’t handle grains.

INGREDIENTS:
1 duck breast
1/4 cup no sugar added applesauce
3/4 cup instant potatoes. Look for the ones with as few additives as possible. Try to use the granulated ones (they look kinda like sugar) as opposed to the flaky ones. I had the Paradise Valley brand from Costco. I believe that the Idahoan Originals are granular too.
Tsp Rosemary
Tsp Parsley (fresh/dry)
1/4 cup to a cup of chicken broth or water.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. If you have a food processor, (I lived a full & happy life without one, but I bought one 6 months ago and man, I wish I had gotten one a long time ago!) roughly chop the duck breast before putting it in. If you’re going manual all the way, chop the duck breast into little bitty bites.

Either in the food processor or in a big mixing bowl, add the chopped duck, the potato, the applesauce, rosemary and parsley. Pulse or mix together. As you go along, slowly add as much water (my preference, to keep them lower in fat/sodium) or broth if that’s what you think your dog would prefer – as you need to get them to a spreadable consistency. You shouldn’t need very much at all. This is a wet dough – it’s without flour after all – so don’t worry if it looks like a big brown blob. It’s supposed to!

Spread onto a parchment lined baking tray. I get right in there with my hands rather than using a spatula. Use a knife to cut squares in the raw dough. I cut big squares for The Boys, you should make them the appropriate size for your dogs.

Bake them at 400 for forty minutes. I like to leave them in the oven for an extra hour or so to dry out even more as the oven cools down. When you take them out, you can flip them over on the parchment to let the bottom dry out even more as they cool on the counter.

Store these GoodBites in your fridge for 3-5 days, and freeze the rest. I have taken to keeping all of my treats in the freezer because this way, my piglets eat them in two bites rather than gulp them right down the hatch without tasting them :)

I’m going to experiment with other meats as I know a lot of you are looking for grain free goodness for your pups! FYI – this recipe didn’t work as well with a chicken breast, I will have to play with the ratios and come up with a lovely grain-free chicken GoodBite.

xo/J
Please note that I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist, so it’s advisable to consult with your own authority when trying new foods, and also to ensure that your dog’s home cooked diet is balanced & includes all of the nutrients that are necessary for your dog’s health.