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?