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Friday, December 24, 2010

Homemade Pet Treats

I will try my best to give you good directions, but my cooking is very experimental (meaning... I don't follow recipes very well! haha)  But here is a recipe (of sorts) for homemade pet treats that are good for cats, dogs, and even humans!

What You Need:
Oat Flour
Flax Seed Flour
Low sodium chicken broth or chicken stock
Sea Salt
Skim milk
Shredded colby/jack cheese or cheddar cheese
Olive Oil cooking spray
Catnip (optional)

1. Put a small pot of water on the stove and add a tiny bit of sea salt.  Bring to a boil and boil carrots until slightly softer.  Turn off heat, let cool a bit.

2. Pre-heat oven to 350.

3. Mix 1 cup of oat flour and a 1/2 cup of flax seed flour in a large bowl.

4. Switch gears.  Go back to your carrots.  Put a little chicken broth(stock) into a blender.  Add carrots (no water).  Grate, then puree on high until you get a "baby food" consistency.

5. Go back to the flour bowl.  Add about a tablespoon of oil, 1 egg, about 1/3 a cup of milk, about a 1/2 a cup of chicken broth/stock, and a heaping handful of cheese.  Mix thoroughly.  Add some carrot puree and mix in evenly.  If the consistency of the dough is liquidy or super sticky, just add a little more oat flour to make it a little more stiff.

6.  Spray the olive oil spray on a cookie sheet.

7.  Beat an egg with a little of the chicken broth/stock in a separate bowl.  You will be using this to add a coating to the treats.

8.  Take your dough and put about a teaspoon size amount in the form of a ball on the tray. (You can fit about 15 on a tray)

9. Using a spoon, put a little of the egg/broth mix on each, flattening each ball of dough as you coat them.  Try not to let the egg mixture pool in the center.

10. Bake in the oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Take them out and let them cool completely.

You can feed them to your pets right away or save them for up to 7 days in the fridge.
For cats, you can add a little catnip to the dough as well.  When they are cooked and cooled and a little crunchy break them into small crumbles for bite size kitty treats that are more cat-friendly in size as well as taste.

Humans can eat these treats too. (Without the catnip, please.)  They taste kind of like bland crackers.  If you added seasoning, they could be human treats.  But animals don't need seasoning, and some seasonings can have bad effects on animals.

On another note, you could probably also add little bits of meat to the dough for another variation to the recipe.

I hope your pets enjoy them! :)  By the way, I will post pictures soon!  Come back to see them!

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