Recipe for Banana Apple and Carrot Flavoured Dog Biscuits and Banana Frosting
Healthy Frosted Treats for Dogs
Those dried up pieces of "food" laden with artificial colourings and flavourings, as well as additives, and god knows what else, would hardly pass as a treat in a human's book, so why reward your dog for good behaviour with one of them? If you ever find yourself with a few hours to spare, why not prepare your pooch a batch of simple but delicious nibblies that he'll do anything for?
You can adjust the flavours used in this recipe to suit you and your dog, but there are some ingredients you need to avoid.
Avoid Using the Following Ingredients
- Artificial sweeteners
- Macadamia nuts
- Baby food
- Green parts of potatoes and tomatoes
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- 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/8 - 2/8 cup water
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 1/2 cups wholewheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- Preheat your oven to 350°f or 175°c.
- Grate the carrots and mix them with the mashed banana, and add the water and apple sauce to the mixture.
- In a slightly larger bowl, whisk the flour and oats together, then make a hollow in the centre of these ingredients and pour in the fruit and veg blend.
- Use a spoon to blend all the ingredients together thoroughly, and once done, use your hands to kneed the mixture in the bowl.
- Sprinkle a clean, dry work surface with flour and fold the dough out onto it, continuing to kneed until you are satisfied that the dough has fully formed, then use a rolling pin to roll it out to a thickness of half an inch.
- Cut out into shapes - either using a knife to simply cut the dough into squares, or by using a cookie cutter.
- Drizzle a cookie sheet lightly with non-cook spray on which the cookies should be placed, then bake for about twenty-five minutes.
- When done, transfer them from the oven onto a wire cooling rack and let them cool fully before putting them away.
Dog Biscuit Frosting
Icing should only be used as a special reward, or as a decoration if you are selling your homemade biscuits or giving them away as a gift. Keep in mind that in comparison to the size of your biscuits, you should only use a small amount of icing - it should be spread thin on each treat.
A small amount of regular food dye is fine to use, just as long as you don't use any more than is needed, and you may use any colour you like. Note that if you use whole-wheat flour or any other type of flour with small specks of colour in it, the shade of your frosting will be effected, so it may be a better idea to use plain white flour. Like the cookies, the following frosting recipes do not include any ingredients that are unsafe for dogs.
- 2 cups mashed banana
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 6 tablespoons powdered carob
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/4 cup pecans
Note that some dogs really don't enjoy the taste of pecans. To find out if your dog does, offer him or her a small piece and if they happily eat it and sniff around, searching for more, include it in this frosting. However, if it just licks the piece and puts it on the floor, uninterested, it's perfectly OK to omit the pecans from this recipe.
- Toss the banana, butter, carob, cinnamon, vanilla and flour into a medium mixing bowl and mix them together well until you think they've combined properly.
- Spread the frosting on biscuits that have been allowed to cool and drizzle them with pecans if your dog likes them.
The Apple, Banana, and Carrot Biscuits keep well for 3 weeks when packed in the fridge, and will be good to eat for a maximum of 6 months if you choose to freeze them.
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