When it comes to giving our pet treats, (the edible kind) you generally have to choose between cheap and unhealthy or expensive and natural. The natural treats are usually more healthy but less appetising for your pet.
So what do you do if you want to give your pet a treat that is cheap, healthy, natural and appetising? Bake your own of course!
If you’re into your cooking and often find yourself browsing for recipes online then I’m sure you will be aware of allrecipes.co.uk – a great resource for finding inspiration and recipes from people around the globe.
Well recently, whilst browsing allrecipies I thought I’d try a search for dog treats. The search returned only a handful of recipes but I was surprised at their quality, most submitted by the user apple.strudle.
So today I’m going to share with you Brie’s Parsley and Carrot Dog Biscuits:
Brie’s Parsley and Carrot Dog Biscuits
“Not only are these treats tasty for your pet, but also very healthy. Parsley is well know for helping keep bad doggy breath under control, while carrots are good for the stomach.” – apple.strudle
For 36 Biscuits
- Bunch of fresh, curly parsley
- 50g Fresh, finely grated carrots
- 50g Grated Mozzarella cheese
- 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 600g Whole-wheat flour (Note: Do not use white flour)
- 2 Tablespoons of crushed bran flakes
- 2 Teaspoons of baking powder
- 50g of water
Preparation: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 40 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and lightly grease 2 baking sheets
- Mince and dice the parsley and carrots
- Mix together the parsley, carrots, cheese and oil
- In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the flour, bran flakes and baking powder
- Add the parsley-carrot mix to the flour mix, also adding the vegetable oil and mix well
- Gradually add all the water to the mix whilst stirring; the mixture should be moist – if not you may need to add a small amount of extra water (up to 2 tablespoons)
- Kneed the dough for a minute, then roll out to around ½ an inch thickness
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes (Maybe a dog bone to make sure you don’t mix these up with your own biscuits! Or how about a festive Christmas tree?)
- Bake the biscuits for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown
- Remove the biscuits and turn them over on the baking tray – then return them to the oven but switch the oven off. Bake for a further 30 minutes
- Remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling tray
- Once cooled and hardened, store the biscuits in an airtight container
Some dogs may be sensitive to wheat flour, if this is the case, substitute it with rye or oat flour.
You might also want to consider adding a small amount of peanut butter to the recipe to sweeten it up slightly.
More of Brie’s Dog Treats:
Have you ever made your own dog treats? How did they turn out? Do you find that your dog prefers savoury or sweet treats? If you have a go at making these dog treats, please do let us know in the comments!