Frozen Golden Milk Treats

Frozen Golden Milk Treats

Golden Milk is an ancient drink and a delicious way to get the benefits of Turmeric daily without that bitter bite. I've found it's creamier with a fuller mouth taste when I use canned coconut milk. I also think the canned coconut milk has more of the coconut taste than the coconut milk in the carton which has a much thinner consistency.  Honestly I can't taste the bitterness at all and apparently Kirby can't either since he scarfs it right down.

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Sweet Potato Chews

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Sweet Potato Chews

Another great fall root vegetable is the sweet potato.  They are a powerhouse of nutrition, bursting with beta carotene (vitamin A), high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber,fat-free and cholesterol-free.  In fact, the sweet potato has taken top honors in two surveys of the nutritional benefits of vegetables. When eaten with the skin, it has more fiber than oatmeal. One medium sweet potato, baked with the skin, has about four times the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A and almost half the recommendation for Vitamin C.

These chews are super easy to make.  

Ingredients

  • Sweet potato
  • honey or blackstrap Molasses 

Preparation Instructions

1. Wash the sweet potatos and pat dry.  

2.  Slice as thin as possible.  A Mandolin makes this easy.

3.  Place in zip-lock bag and add flavor of choice.  Mix well in baggie until all the slices are coated and place on dehydrator trays.  

4.  Dehydrate until the chews have the desired texture and dryness you want.  If you don't have a dehydrator just place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees checking often.

I mixed half the slices with honey and used my dehydrator. 

And I mixed the other half with blackstrap molasses and baked in the oven. 

Kirby's favorite?  Given a choice he went for the blackstrap molasses every time. 

There are so many liquid flavors you can try...chicken stock, liquid smoke, even carob molasses.  I'm not sure how long these chews will last because we had a foster dog when I made them.  Between the two dogs they lasted less than a week.  I would suggest keeping them in an air tight container in the refrigerator.  Watch for any mold and throw out at the first sign.

Honey Apple Delights

Honey Apple Delights

 

The other day a friend of mine at the bank brought us a Honey Apple Bundt Cake she had made which was absolutely delish!  I brought an extra slice home and ended up giving Kirby a bite or two since I can't seem to resist those sweet brown eyes.  He loved it too which could only mean I needed to devise a honey and apple dog cookie for him with much less sugar.

An interesting tidbit is the Jewish Feast of Trumpets where the apples and honey symbolize the sweetness of the Lord and the sweet year to come.  I'm not Jewish but we can all use a little more sweetness this year. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 ½ cups brown rice flour
  • ½ cup clover honey
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.  

2. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut using cookie cutter of choice.  

3. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.  They can be placed close together since they won't spread while baking.  

4. Turn off oven and leave for roughly thirty minutes.

These can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator for at least a week.

Blueberry Pup Cakes

Is your canine companion having a special occasion?  A Barkday Party?  Furry company coming for a play date?  Maybe it's just a glorious summer day worth celebrating?  These cute pupcakes are bursting with healthy flavors and antioxidants your dog is craving!

Blueberry Pup Cakes

Blueberry Pup Cakes

These blueberry pupcake dog treats are bursting with healthy flavors and antioxidants your dog is craving!

Yields: 12 large, 24 mini, 6 pupcakes
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Nutrition facts: Calories: 179/90/358
Calories from fat: 102/51/205

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes for mini muffins or 22 - 27 minutes for regular size muffins. Muffins are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Spoon mixture into muffin tins**.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Store individually wrapped in saran wrap in the refrigerator for up to a week.  When ready to serve top with frosting.

Frosting (for 12 large, 24 mini, 6 pupcakes)
Calories: 23/12/47
Calories from fat: 2/1/5

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-oz package low fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions:

  1. Let cream cheese come to room temperature.
  2. Mix thoroughly and frost pup cakes.

**We live near Mississippi State University which means we are in "bulldog country" so it's easy to find just about anything bulldog related.  I picked up the silicone muffin pan which makes six 4x4x1 inch paw shaped cakes.  You can visit FanPan an online store that caters to the college crowd.  You can order 100% FDA approved silicone cake pans, muffin pans and ice cube trays in assorted collegiate shapes and sizes.

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Harvest Pumpkin Balls

Now is the time to stock up on canned pure pumpkin which is an amazing ingredient for dogs.  Constipated? A little pumpkin can help.  Runny stools? A little pumpkin can help. Upset tummy or trying to transition to a new food? Again, a little pumpkin can help!

This recipe is not only tasty but chock full of incredibly healthy ingredients for sensitive tummies.  Pumpkin is packed with large quantities of vitamin A for resistance to infections, improve night vision and keep the body's membranes healthy, potassium for good blood pressure, iron for healthy blood, and roughage to help digestion. We only use fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin, never pumpkin pie mix which has sugar and other harmful ingredients.

Harvest Pumpkin Balls

Harvest Pumpkin Balls

You’ll want to stock up on canned pure pumpkin to make this dog treat that’s is not only tasty but chock full of incredibly healthy ingredients!

Yields: 44 large balls, 88 small balls
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Nutrition facts: Calories: 23/12
Calories from fat: 4/2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Thoroughly mix together all ingredients in medium size bowl.
  2. Shape into balls and place on lined baking sheet. This dough is very sticky so I let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes for easier handling. Then I scoop out balls with my silicone melon scooper and let them chill for about 10 minutes. Then I cut those balls in half with a sharp knife and roll into small balls. If you don't want to spend the time forming the balls, use a spatula to smooth out the mixture on the lined baking sheet. When halfway baked, score with a pizza cutter. Watch your cooking time as the thinner they are the faster they will bake.
  3. Grab a small handful and place on a lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and make sure there are no loose pieces.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Harvest Pumpkin Balls raw

Note: To make them really crispy turn off the oven and leave the treats in for another 20 minutes.

These treats have a crispy outside with a soft, moist center which means they will mold like any baked good.  Keep refrigerated up to a week or freeze up to three months.

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