Dog Treats: A Fresh, New Idea

I couldn’t believe that there was an event called National Dog Biscuit Day – I thought every day was a dog biscuit day! And I doubt there is a dog that would disagree with that statement. In fact, there are so many wonderful dog biscuits and delicious treats out there that it’s possible to give your dog a different one every day for a full year and you still probably wouldn’t have given them every kind available!

I recently found a wonderful doggie treat maker that produces bone-shaped cookies using a special packaged mix. In fact, I had used the treat maker to make bone-shaped waffles for my family. I used a very low sugar waffle mix and everybody enjoyed being treated! Fellow Pet Health Central blogger Jill Bertsch contacted me telling me that Mya, her adorable Elkhound Grandpuppy, loves waffles, too, and wanted to make some as well.  It seems I am not the only one who creates tasty treats for her pets.

These days pet stores sell a variety of specially baked goods and biscuits for dogs – from delicious cupcakes to biscotti. But I’ve always considered baking for your dog to be a really fun activity, especially if there are kids in the house. It’s very easy to do because there is a variety of shaped biscuit pans and mixes. Some can even be used in a microwave. And while this month may be about National Dog Biscuit Day, there is no reason why you can’t rev things up a bit and spoil your pooch with special cupcakes, if you’re so inclined. Here’s delicious recipe that can be topped off with a delicious  a peanut butter topping, always a doggie favorite.

Carrot & Honey Cupcakes for Fido

Ingredients

1-cup whole wheat flour

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp baking soda

A pinch of salt

2 tbsp honey

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup grated carrot

1 egg

For the frosting:

Low fat crunchy peanut butter

 

Directions:

Set the oven to 375 degree F

Mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

In second bowl whisk together the applesauce, oil, honey and the egg.

Add this mixture to the flour along with the carrots.

Add the batter to the pan of your choice. Its best to use a non-stick pan or spray it with a non-stick spray.

Bake for between 15 – 20 minutes

Top with peanut butter after cupcakes have cooled.

Now for those of you who cannot imagine finding the time to bake for your pet, or who may think doggie waffles are a bit over the top – never fear. You can still love your pet with tasty, healthy treats the traditional way. In fact, some of the very same ingredients in my cupcake recipe are included in these SENTRY Pur Luv treats. Which ever way you choose to celebrate National Dog Biscuit Day, your dog will appreciate your effort.

 

-Photo Credit: From flickr by Scott Feldstein

 

 

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