After I admit this, people look at us like we are crazy; this is always my general response:
While it is a lot of work to prepare all of his meals, I enjoy the fact that I know exactly what we are putting into his little body. No more guessing, and no more words that I can not pronounce. Ace has a very sensitive stomach + skin allergies, and has been on vet prescribed ultra allergen free dog food for the past year. Since we made the switch, and started preparing his dog food & treats at home, his symptoms have disappeared. If you are interested in preparing your pups food at home, Pink Pistachio has a great recipe, see it here.
One of the first posts that I did on my blog was on homemade dog treats (view it here). My thinking is that if I were a dog, I wouldn't want to eat the same thing over and over again, so I switch it up for him. Organic applesauce is the shining star in this recipe, and the aroma that fills your house when baking these is amazing! I also have been dying to add to his treats the pulp from my juicing escapades lately, and so I experimented with adding the pulp of carrots, kale, and apples (if you don't have a juicer, you can just add shredded carrots). If Aces tail wagging reaction is any indication of how good the cookies were, I will definitely be making these again! In my opinion, there is nothing better than earning those tail wags :)
2½ cups organic rice flour (you can also use whole wheat)
1/3 cup organic shredded carrots (or pulp)
1 cup organic unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp organic natural peanut butter (the only ingredients should be peanuts)
½ tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients, and mix on low speed.
- Finish by kneading by hand, as if you were kneading dough for bread.
- Using a heavily floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4" thickness.
- Use cookie cutters, or cut dough into small squares.
- Bake on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and firm to the touch.
- Cool on a wire rack & store in the refrigerator. These also freeze very well.
|I don't know how, but he always knows when I'm baking for him :)|
|I love that you can see the little bits of carrots & kale|
|I make him wait so patiently for that first bite|
As a side note, yesterday was the drawing for the Sephora Lip Gloss giveaway. Congrats to Regina!!!!
Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I really hope that you give this recipe a try, and that your pup loves them as much as Ace does!