Tasty Tuna Treats

I wanted to make Kirby a special new treat since he would be boarding for the first time over the next few days.  Searching my pantry I discovered I was out of quite a few ingredients. Message to self - take a trip to to the grocery store soon.  Since I didn't have time to run to the grocery store I thought I would improvise with what I had and hope for the best.  Fortunately Kirby gave it four paws up!  Seriously I think there's a cat inside that dogger! 

Tasty Tuna Treats

Tasty Tuna Treats

A can of tuna in the cabinet is the beginning of a delish dog treat!

Yields: 100+ – 1" squares
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Nutrition facts: Calories: 12
Calories from fat: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 - 5 oz cans tuna fish
  • 1 tablespoon Salmon Oil*
  • 1 1/2 cups organic spelt flour**
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions:

  1. Drain the tuna, saving the liquid.
  2. Puree the tuna with the oil.
  3. Take the saved liquid and add enough water to make 1/2 cup.
  4. Thoroughly combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  5. Using a spatula spread out the mixture on a greased or parchment lined jelly roll pan. (If you really want to cut cookie shapes then you can reduce or omit the water or add more flour until you have a better consistency to work with) .
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and let sit for another 20 minutes with the door slightly ajar.
  7. Remove to cutting board. Slice into small pieces using pizza cutter.

These can keep in an air tight container in the refrigerator for several weeks.

* You can substitute light olive oil or canola oil. I like to add salmon oil to Kirby's dry kibble - it's great for his skin and coat.  

** You can use brown rice flour or whole wheat flour.  Spelt which has a mild nutty flavor is naturally high in fiber, contains significantly more protein than wheat, is also higher in B complex vitamins, and both simple and complex carbohydrates.  Another important benefit is that some gluten-sensitive people have been able to include spelt-based foods in their diets. Flour made from this versatile grain can be substituted for wheat flour in breads, pasta, cookies, crackers, cakes, muffins, pancakes and waffles.

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