My friend & host of Fido & Wine, Laura Ducharme, is honey bee crazy these days…and for good reason. Raw honey has some wonderful benefits for our dogs – check out a post by one of my favourite interviewees in my upcoming doc “Acting Out: Canine Nutrition & Behaviour” – Dr. Jean Dodds. Dodds also talks about local honey – which is what I used in this recipe. Apparently, eating local honey may help us all with seasonal allergies – any my littlest one gets the runny eyes so this is an extra super spesh treat for him. In theory, bees from your local area are likely to collect pollen from the local flowers in your area. That pollen will end up in small amounts in the honey produced. By ingesting that honey on a regular basis, , the person eating the honey will build up immunity to the pollens from the flowers in their local region.
Laura gave me this jar of local buckwheat honey, she raved about and hinted that she’d love to see a recipe on the blog with this buckwheat honey – so this one’s for you, honey buns I also put some cinnamon and ginger in there, these are some sweet smelling Honey Bear Paws. Of course my favourite flour to use these days is buckwheat flour, the best of the grain free options IMHO.
1 cup water
local honey (I used one cup for my dogs – read comments section for recipe adjustments if you think this may be too much for your dog)
6 cups buckwheat flour (or other flour mixture)
2 TBS ground ginger
2 TBS cinnamon
1/4 cup carob chips
This is pretty easy. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
Place the dry ingredients — buckwheat flour, ginger and cinnamon — into a mixing bowl first and mix together. Then add the wet ingredients, water and honey. I used the stand mixer but you could mix by hand. Mix it until it forms a dough ball. This is a “wetter” dough, so sprinkle some flour on it before taking it out of the bowl. It does roll out easily and beautifully…I like mine between 1/4″ and 1/2″ thick. I used a paw print cookie cutter and then stamped them with this “welcome to bear country stamp” I picked up at Michaels. Then I used carob chips for the paw pads. (a good replacement since you can’t feed dogs chocolate chips) Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. You could probably bake them at 350 for 20-25 minutes, I just wanted to keep my carob chips pretty solid.
The buckwheat flour gives it that gorgeous dark brown colour you see in the final baked goods below.
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.