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Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:50 am
by iamnic
Just thought I would share this super easy pumpkin treat I made this past weekend. The girls love it, and its nice to know exactly what is going into them. The pumpkin can help with digestion issues and sloppy motions, and the yogurt provides some good probiotics. Also, I used brown rice flour which not only gave the treat a nice crunch but is also great for pups with wheat sensitivities.

Naima & Kona's Autumn Pumpkin Treats

2 eggs
1/2 can of canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin filling)
4 tbsp nonfat yogurt (we used nonfat Greek yogurt)
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1/2 tbsp cinnamon(optional)
dash of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, yogurt, cinnamon, salt, and flour until you make a stiff, dry dough. It sometimes helps to mix in the flour gradually.

3. Depending on your preference, you can roll the dough 1/4 inch thick and use a cookie cutter for fun shapes. Another option is to roll the dough into 1/2 inch balls. Place shapes/balls onto a cookie sheet--no need to grease it beforehand.

4. Bake 20 minutes, flip the treats, and bake an additional 15 minutes.

I ended up doing a combination of shapes and the balls, and ended up decorating the balls with a checkered pattern I achieved with a fork. You can do this be pushing the flat side of the fork prongs in perpendicular patterns and flattening the ball a bit. These treats offer a lot of flexibility for all of you culinary artists out there--I think next time I'll try adding in peanut butter and maybe some bits of carrot. Either way, the treats have been a hit with the girls :)

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The girls just about passed out in anticipation for the treats. Well. Naima did at least.
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Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:23 am
by arianwenarie
I use a similar recipe for treats I make for my dog. Except I use garbanzo bean flour (chickpea flour) since I don't know how she reacts to grains as I've never given her anything with grains in it. :P

No salt, but the yogurt is a good idea. I will have to try that some time. I also add in some fresh ground ginger juice to give it a little bit of a kick...yes, I ate a few of the dog treats I made before. Not bad...just not very flavorful; quite bland. :lol:

Do you put them in a dehydrator after baking them? I found that if I bake the treats till they're the right color, let them cool a bit and them dehydrate them in a dehydrator for 4-6 hours, then they last a very long time (up to a year with proper storage). Otherwise, they last about a couple months before going bad...unless the dog eats all of them beforehand. 8-)

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:35 am
by iamnic
Ooh I hadn't thought about the dehydrator, but excellent idea! I'm freezing the majority of the treats with the hopes that they will last a bit longer. Naima actually broke out of her crate the other night and we found her in the kitchen looking guilty with crumbs scattered on the floor.

And my boyfriend totally ate one of the treats too! He said they were actually good :lol:

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:44 am
by arianwenarie
iamnic wrote:Ooh I hadn't thought about the dehydrator, but excellent idea! I'm freezing the majority of the treats with the hopes that they will last a bit longer. Naima actually broke out of her crate the other night and we found her in the kitchen looking guilty with crumbs scattered on the floor.

And my boyfriend totally ate one of the treats too! He said they were actually good :lol:
LOL. Peanut butter with cinnamon and pumpkin puree actually tastes pretty good. And the peanut butter I use is pure ground peanuts only...no sugar, salt, oils or other preservatives. It is a painstaking process to find ingredients that have been least processed, but once I find it, it's awesome! :)

Ohh...and add a smidgen of applesauce too! Again, none of the applesauce that has sugar in it - unsweetened applesauce with vitamin c. That tastes pretty good too. The garbanzo bean flour will give the treats a nutty aroma - you'll really smell it when if you include peanut butter.

The freezer works pretty good, but once thawed, the condensation will make the treats go bad faster. :( Dehydrate the heck out of them on the setting where you'd use to dehydrate fruits (135F, methinks) for 4-6 hours (use a timer) and then store them in a cool dark place in an airtight container and they'll last quite a while. If the treats are more than 1/4" thick, then you might have to dehydrate longer than that. I've never cross-hashed them like you did as I have a bunch of cutesy cookie cutters. Mini reindeers, rabbits and teddy bears are my favorite cookie cutters.

I ran out of treats the other day, but once I make more, I will def post pics in this thread.

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:47 am
by HiTenshi16
They do look yummy!

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:53 am
by arianwenarie
HiTenshi16 wrote:They do look yummy!
What do you want to bet they also smell yummy? ;)

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:22 pm
by LiannaeLeagadh
I'll have to find my recipe, but I make homemade treats for my mother-in-laws springer spaniel, Shiloh, after having the first one she just went crazy :D she loves them.
No grains and flavored with chicken/beef/veggie super condensed stock in the base recipe
(I add in extras per request of my motherinlaw, cheese oatmeal & such)

But I'd love to know if other dogs like them as much as Shiloh does.
Will post it as soon as i find it

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:32 pm
by Katlin
Be careful with stock because it contains a lot of sodium which is hard on kidneys.

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:15 am
by arianwenarie
Katlin wrote:Be careful with stock because it contains a lot of sodium which is hard on kidneys.
Unless you make your own... ;)

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:39 am
by LiannaeLeagadh
I prefer to make my own :)
but when I can't I use the Low Sodium Better Than Boullion (500mg per serving, compared to original @ 680mg, & Organic @ 700mg) a serving is 1tsp, and I use approx 1.5 tsp in a batch, (depending on what i add in the treats like cheese & such) a batch is roughly 3-4lbs. Tried minimizing salt as much as possible.

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:19 am
by arianwenarie
LiannaeLeagadh wrote:I prefer to make my own :)
but when I can't I use the Low Sodium Better Than Boullion (500mg per serving, compared to original @ 680mg, & Organic @ 700mg) a serving is 1tsp, and I use approx 1.5 tsp in a batch, (depending on what i add in the treats like cheese & such) a batch is roughly 3-4lbs. Tried minimizing salt as much as possible.
Yep. I try to minimize or eliminate preservatives, salt, sugar...all the bad stuff for dogs. ;) I made a huge batch of sweet potato/peanut butter treats a month ago...forgot to take pics and post. :oops:

There will be another opportunity next time as Abby is running out of treats again after some belated Christimas/New Year treats were sent to some canine friends of mine (and hers).

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:00 am
by TerriHolt
Not exactly a 'home made' treat question :oops: But it's not shop bought :D

I have been trying to dehydrate chicken into healthy treats for a replacement to shop bought... But i absolutely suck at it. My dehydrator has been sat doing nothing for a month so i figured it was time to seek ideas on how others do it...

Mine either end up still seeping liquid (not visible to the eye but it picks up on kitchen towel) or really brittle with sharp edges. I started by dicing chicken but it would shrink to more or less nothing then i tried cutting strips and got the aforementioned results... I've tried from cooked, partially cooked and raw...

Average dehydration time is about 8 hours.

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:49 pm
by iamnic
Hi Terri,

You can also try fridge drying the treats. Here's a photo tutorial from the Raw Chat group on FB https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 368&type=1

If for some reason it's not working, the instructions are below:

1. I start with a frozen slice of heart (uncooked), just my preference; any firm lean meat will do. Slicing it frozen is much easier. Remove any excess fat.
2. Arrange on a plate or flat surface and leave them in the fridge for a couple of days. Do not cover. Less than 24 hours in the fridge, and they're kind of spongy feeling, not wet, but not dry either. You can see the moisture loss and smaller size already.
3. By day 3 the pieces should be dry to the touch, but still a bit of give when you squeeze.
4. Day 4 they should be completely dried and ready to feed.

Obviously this takes quite a bit more time than a dehydrator, but it works really well, is not messy at all, doesn't require much work, and the dogs go nuts for it.

Another option is to try dehydrating a veggie--my girls love dried sweet potato recipe that I got from this blog http://pitlandia.blogspot.com/2013/03/p ... o-dog.html

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:17 pm
by TerriHolt
Thanks, i'll try that too :D

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:57 pm
by HiTenshi16
Will definitely have to give that a try :)

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:40 am
by arianwenarie
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^ 'tis stuff for making pupsicles because it is waaaay too HOT outside. :D There's supposed to be cinnamon there too...forgot it. lol. Oh, and the 'manpower' behind the whole thing, my KitchenAid mixer, is also not shown. (With whisk attachment, it only takes about 10min or so to whip up a batch.)

I have a cute silicon ice cube mold for this. Can't wait to use it! It's the freezing part that takes eons. :\ Next weekend is cookie baking time. Maybe I can make Abby a ice cream sandwich out of all this stuff...

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:54 am
by arianwenarie
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Abby can haz pupsicles. :D First batch of this summer...I'll be using peanut butter, applesauce and yogurt for the next batch sometime this week. Bought too much yogurt and applesauce. lol.

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:49 pm
by TerriHolt
They are cute :) i must get some cute ice cube mold's...

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:31 pm
by iamnic
Those are adorable!!! I'm going to try throwing together some pupsicles this summer!

In a moment of insanity I splurged and ordered these "ice creams" for the girls from Aarfscarf. They loved them, and now I'm pretty sure they'll turn their noses up at anything that isn't "gouda burger" flavored. :lol:

Aarfscarf's blog has some great homemade treat recipes on it.

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:32 pm
by arianwenarie
iamnic wrote:Those are adorable!!! I'm going to try throwing together some pupsicles this summer!

In a moment of insanity I splurged and ordered these "ice creams" for the girls from Aarfscarf. They loved them, and now I'm pretty sure they'll turn their noses up at anything that isn't "gouda burger" flavored. :lol:

Aarfscarf's blog has some great homemade treat recipes on it.
Cool blog. Thanks for sharing. :) The base ingredient is just plain yogurt... Very easy to make. I just add in different proportions to get the right consistency and freeze. Though, it's OK if it's liquid-ey...it gets frozen anyway. lol. I used more unsweetened applesauce in this batch though, which is why it was very liquid-ey. But it counteracted the slight bitterness of the cinnamon and pumpkin rather well. Personally, I like to use ingredients that are closest to its raw form. i.e. the unsweetened applesauce only has organic apples and ascorbic acid (vitamin c). no sugar. :) Pumpkin puree is only pumpkin. Ultimately, it's all up to your personal preference...I just like to use organic ingredients. (Even though I eat super processed stuff.)

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:52 pm
by arianwenarie
It's a (dog) cookie log. 8-)

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Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:44 pm
by iamnic
Lucky puppy! What's in it?

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:10 am
by arianwenarie
iamnic wrote:Lucky puppy! What's in it?
LOVE. <3 :lol:

They're for a special someone, so I can't disclose any more info... I'll PM you. ;)

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:26 am
by arianwenarie
Abby has to be kept crated while I bake cookies for her...why? It will likely result in (my) death by dog drool...in the kitchen. A most disastrous end, I assure you. ;)
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COOKIES!!! Excuse the poor background - it's my countertop. 8-)
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Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:37 am
by HiTenshi16
Awe, Abby's sad face. Ulric has started drooling as well, but only before he gets to eat his food (the amount seems to of increased in the last couple months), I always make him wait a little longer while the bowl is in front of him.

Those treats look yummy cute!

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:41 am
by arianwenarie
HiTenshi16 wrote:Awe, Abby's sad face. Ulric has started drooling as well, but only before he gets to eat his food (the amount seems to of increased in the last couple months), I always make him wait a little longer while the bowl is in front of him.

Those treats look yummy cute!
lol. Poor Ulric. Is he back on solid food now? How's he doing?

There was one time I put a cookie on Abby's paw and made her wait. I went to answer the phone and completely forgot about her until I needed to get something to drink in the kitchen. Guess what I found... :roll: But I was very proud of my baby girl - she didn't eat the cookie until I said so...10 minutes later. :lol:

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:12 am
by HiTenshi16
arianwenarie wrote:lol. Poor Ulric. Is he back on solid food now? How's he doing?
He is back on solid food now, nothing added :) Might be why he is drooling even more now. He is doing great, as goofy as ever and really wants to play with the others. Poor boy, vet said no rough playing or going for a run till a month after his stitches removed (Oct. 28).
arianwenarie wrote:There was one time I put a cookie on Abby's paw and made her wait. I went to answer the phone and completely forgot about her until I needed to get something to drink in the kitchen. Guess what I found... :roll: But I was very proud of my baby girl - she didn't eat the cookie until I said so...10 minutes later. :lol:
:lol: What a good girl! Definitely would of been gone with anyone of our pack!

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:06 pm
by arianwenarie
Dragging this thread back out of the pit of dead threads...lol.

I have been searching for grain-free limited ingredient dog cake recipes for a while now and I finally found a couple today. Whoohoo! Unfortunately, Abby's guesstimated bday was on the 3rd. Too late for bday cake, but who said its ever too late for cake? Heh.

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:25 pm
by iamnic
It's never too late for bday cake!! Hope you post pics! :)

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:26 pm
by HiTenshi16
Pics and recipes! :)

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:19 pm
by arianwenarie
First, I gotta fix my mixer...one of the gears broke.. :oops: there will definitely be pics. :)

Homemade Treats

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:00 pm
by Dixonlync
Love homemade treats So healthy and much more economical. I just freeze what I cant use in time. They lasts months even with 4 dogs.

Re: Homemade Treats

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:57 am
by mammamiller7
I can't wait to try this recipe for my "granddog".
Regarding the probiotics, I'm pretty sure 350 is hot enough to kill them. The vets in my area recommend raw goat's milk for some good probiotics, or to give dogs "doggy" probiotics.

iamnic wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:50 am
Just thought I would share this super easy pumpkin treat I made this past weekend. The girls love it, and its nice to know exactly what is going into them. The pumpkin can help with digestion issues and sloppy motions, and the yogurt provides some good probiotics. Also, I used brown rice flour which not only gave the treat a nice crunch but is also great for pups with wheat sensitivities.

Naima & Kona's Autumn Pumpkin Treats

2 eggs
1/2 can of canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin filling)
4 tbsp nonfat yogurt (we used nonfat Greek yogurt)
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1/2 tbsp cinnamon(optional)
dash of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, yogurt, cinnamon, salt, and flour until you make a stiff, dry dough. It sometimes helps to mix in the flour gradually.

3. Depending on your preference, you can roll the dough 1/4 inch thick and use a cookie cutter for fun shapes. Another option is to roll the dough into 1/2 inch balls. Place shapes/balls onto a cookie sheet--no need to grease it beforehand.

4. Bake 20 minutes, flip the treats, and bake an additional 15 minutes.

I ended up doing a combination of shapes and the balls, and ended up decorating the balls with a checkered pattern I achieved with a fork. You can do this be pushing the flat side of the fork prongs in perpendicular patterns and flattening the ball a bit. These treats offer a lot of flexibility for all of you culinary artists out there--I think next time I'll try adding in peanut butter and maybe some bits of carrot. Either way, the treats have been a hit with the girls :)

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The girls just about passed out in anticipation for the treats. Well. Naima did at least.
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