Heather Kalinowski is a pet lover and internet journalist at Trupanion, North America’s fastest growing pet insurance company. Trupanion offers 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications if a pet becomes sick or injured.
I am so happy to be guest posting on Ruffles and Truffles today. I have been a fan of Katie’s for a while now and originally popped over to her site because of her dog, Lucia. Katie had mentioned that Lucia had food sensitivity issues, and that struck a chord with me, as my own dog has the same problem. It can be really hard to provide a good diet for a dog, especially a dog with food sensitivities, as many foods contain excessive fillers and preservatives. So, in honor of Lucia coupled with Katie’s love of recipes, I thought I would provide a few dog treat recipes I know and love.
Making your own dog treats is not only a fun activity, it is one way to truly know what your dog is consuming, providing for a bit of control. First is a recipe that I have been making for years. It’s a high-calorie treat, so unless your dog needs to gain weight, this should be limited to special occasions only. Another benefit – it’s guaranteed to make your dog’s coat shiny and beautiful.
• ½ pound ground beef
• ½ cup whole grain cereal (like Total)
• ½ cup oats
• ¼ cup wheat germ
• 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 Tbsp molasses
• 1 egg yolk
• Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
• Take large spoonfuls of the mixture and place on a section of wax paper. Press with bottom of spoon forming little cakes.
• Refrigerate for immediate use (within a few days) or freeze for future use.
Next is a recipe for pupcakes that a friend of mine recently introduced to me. Thank goodness she put little bits of kibble on top when she showed them to me for the first time, or else I may have gobbled them up myself!
• 2 ripe bananas
• 2 cups water
• 1 egg
• ½ tsp vanilla
• 3 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 Tbsp baking powder
• 2 Tbsp honey
• ½ cup peanut butter
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cupcake pan with butter.
• In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Add all other ingredients except peanut butter and mix until well blended. Add peanut butter and continue to mix until blended.
• Fill cupcake pan ¾ full with mixture.
• Bake 25 minutes.
• Optional: Mix 2 cups plain yogurt and ½ cup peanut butter to create a ‘frosting’ for the cupcakes. Top with kibble bits to identify these as for the dogs!
Finally, this recipe is one I created myself after realizing my dog needed to be on a fish-based, limited-ingredient diet (a long story, but she has an auto immune condition and can’t stomach a varied diet).
• 1 can salmon
• 1 sweet potato
• ¼ cup peas
• Low-sodium vegetable broth as needed
• Bake or boil the sweet potato until soft all the way through and let cool.
• Mash all ingredients in a large bowl, adding vegetable broth if the mixture becomes too chunky.
• Refrigerate and give out spoonfuls after dinner time!
Have you ever made food for your dogs? If so, what prompted you to start?
Oh my gosh, your dogs are adorable! I love the little argyle sweater, that’s just too cute. 🙂 I don’t have a dog (YET!!! I want a whole house full!) but when I do, I’m definitely coming back to this post and trying these recipes out!
What a great post!! I’ve been dying to make my own dog food!
Great posts! I may have to try my hand at the second recipe. By boys love anything with peanut butter!
The pupcakes recipe sounds great! I’ve made a cake for my pugs once (it was kind of a carrot cake) and also little tiny pumpkin treats. They loved them… it’s so fun to make your pet’s treats yourself! And I LOVEEEED the pics by the way!
Make sure your peanut butter doesn’t have xylitol in it! It is toxic for dogs and some peanut butter companies have started adding it to their recipes.