Cooking’s Gone to the Dogs

Awhile ago, I wrote a blog entry about Make At Home Pet Treats, well the other day there was a special on Food Network where Rachel Ray was cooking up doggie treats! (By the way I love Rachel Ray for human recipes too!) Come to think of it, there’s a lot of people making and SELLING homemade dog treats. Makes me wonder if I’m not in the wrong business! I love to bake so it would be perfect, right? I’m not so sure it would fly around here there. Being kind of isolated and surrounded by farms, makes me think otherwise.Dog Treats

By making your own dog treats, you’re controlling what your dog is eating. It wasn’t too long ago, and I’m sure you all remember the dog food recall. You’re feeding your dog who knows what and where it came from. Not only that, commercial dog treats are loaded with chemicals and preservatives. By making your own treats, you’re giving your pet a wholesome yummy treat that is safe.

Not only are you giving your dog a wholesome treat, but you are helping reduce his allergies too. If your dog is allergic to common dog food ingredients such as, corn or wheat, you can help stop the itchies by avoiding these foods. By making your own treats, you leave out these allergens if necessary.

There are a couple of other recipes listed in my other homemade treat post, but here are a few more:

Peanut- Carob Isabooscotti — (Isaboo is Rachel’s Dog)

Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray from Every Day with Rachael Ray
Show: Food Network Specials
Episode: Rachael Ray Feeds Your Pets

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 16 biscuits
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 pinches ground cinnamon
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup milk
1 cup carob chipsPreheat the oven to 400 degrees F.In a large bowl, combine that flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Place the peanut butter in a medium bowl and microwave at high power to soften, 5 to 10 seconds. Whisk in the milk, then stir the mixture into the dry ingredients.Shape the dough into a long, flattened log and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes; remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Slice the log crosswise on an angle into 1-inch-thick pieces. Set the slices on their sides (they should look like biscotti) and bake until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes more. Transfer to a rack to cool.Melt the carob in a microwave or on the stovetop over low heat. Thin the melted carob with 1 tablespoon water, if needed. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted carob over the biscuits. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

This recipe is from the Three Dog’s Bakery Cookbook:GRRRRRANOLA1/4 c. honey
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. cracked wheat
2 1/2 c. rolled oats
2 c. bran flakes
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. chopped, roasted soy beans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Heat honey, oil and vanilla in a saucepan.

Pour over all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly and spread on two greased baking sheets.

Bake for 15 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Stir occasionally during baking to prevent overbrowning.

Cool and store in a sealed container.

Sounds yummy huh?! Got some recipes of your own? Share them with us! Would you guys be interested in a page dedicated to pet recipes? Let us know!


3 thoughts on “Cooking’s Gone to the Dogs

  1. Do you have more recipes for dogs? I had already tried the booscotti, my version since I couldn’t totally remember the recipe or find, till I landed here. My husbands boss called last night and said her dogs loved it could I make more and she would pay me!! I was like ok, I can do this,better get creative. Anyway i think more recipes would be great to have and be able to share w/ family and friends who are dog lovers. Now how about anymore kitty treats? Haven;t tried the one i found on one of your lnks to blissful biscuits, but my middy will judge fairly when I do!!!LOL Thank goodness I found your page when I needed that recipe as a starting point , you know i add a lil something here, flax meal for fleas and omega-3, and a lil something there,wheatgerm for extra crunch and iron. Thanks and put more doggy ideas up they are fun!!!

  2. Be careful, once you start making treats I find it hard to stop!

    There are so many variations to test out and my dogs are always willing to test them!

  3. colshe says:

    Doing what you love and enjoy will keep you busy especially demands from family and friends starts pouring in. Your creativity and passion will help you along the way. Soon you will see yourself helping others,taking care of dogs,and with a good business to share with. Here’s a couple more healthy homemade dog treats recipe.

    Canine Carrot Cookies
    2 cups carrots — boiled and pureed
    2 eggs
    2 tablespoons garlic — minced
    2 cups unbleached flour — *see Note
    1 cup rolled oats
    1/4 cup wheat germ
    *or rice flour or rye flour.
    Combine carrots, eggs and garlic. Mix until smooth. Add dry
    ingredients. Roll out on heavily floured surface and cut into bars or
    desired shapes. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes or to desired
    crunchiness. The centers will continue to harden as they cool. Brush
    with egg white before baking for a glossy finish.

    Champion Cheese & Veggies Chews
    1/2 cup grated cheese — room temp.
    3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    3 teaspoons applesauce
    1/2 cup vegetables — what ever you like
    1 clove garlic — crushed
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    nonfat milk
    Mix cheese, oil and applesauce together. Add veggies, garlic, and flour.
    Combine thoroughly. Add just enough milk to help form a ball. Cover
    and chill for one hour. Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes.
    Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden
    brown. Let cool.

    Fruity Yogurt Treats
    2 kiwi fruit — mashed, or jar baby food fruit
    8 ounces strawberry yogurt — or other
    Mix together, freeze in ice cube tray. serve.

    Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats
    32 ounces vanilla yogurt
    1 cup peanut butter
    1. Put the peanut butter in a microwave safe dish and microwave until
    2. Mix the yogurt and the melted peanut butter in a bowl.
    3. Pour mixture into cupcake papers and freeze.

    Dixie’s Delights
    1 ripe banana
    1/2 cup peanut butter
    1/4 cup wheat germ
    1/4 cup unsalted peanuts — chopped
    In a small bowl, mash banana and peanut butter together using a fork.
    Mix in wheat germ. Place in refrigerator for about an hour until, firm.
    With your hands, roll rounded teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls. Roll
    balls in peanuts, coating them evenly. Place on cookie sheet in freezer.
    When completely frozen, pack into airtight containers and store in


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