Jan 15, 2015

Homemade Carrot and Peanut Butter Dog Treats Recipe

I never thought I would be making my dogs homemade dog treats but I love knowing what is going into my dogs' treats and being able to make sure all the ingredients are healthy for my pups. And they love the treats I make so much more than the ones I bought in the store! :) So if you want to make some healthy homemade dog treats for your dog, I'll be sharing my recipes.

One of the things I have learned is that most homemade dog treats are still made with ingredients that are toxic to dogs. All of my recipes contain only ingredients that are healthy for dogs. Only the best for my pups! (and yours).

Today's recipe is for Homemade Carrot and Peanut Butter Dog Treats. I know it sounds like an odd combination but my dogs love them and they are very easy to make!

2 cups of brown rice flour (I make my own. See below.)
2 cups of grated carrots (I run them through the food processor)
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
3 heaping tablespoons all-natural peanut butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix ingredients together until dough forms. The rice flour will make it a little gritty. The peanut butter helps it to hold together. Roll dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press dough down slightly so the biscuits are about about 1/4 inch thick. Bake approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks or freezer for longer storage. 

How to Make Brown Rice Flour
Measure brown rice (not instant) into a blender and blend on high (I use the liquefy setting) for about 10 seconds. When the blade stops, remove the blending pitcher and shake. Place the pitcher back on the base and blend for another 10 seconds. Remove, shake, and blend one more time. This should give you a gritty powder brown rice flour. I have found that it is best to only blend 1/2 cup of flour at a time.

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Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

Before I started my dogs on a Real Food Diet, I did a lot of research to ensure that I would feed them a nutritionally balanced diet, and use only foods that were good for them. I found that there are many foods that are very bad for dogs and can even lead to death, and yet some of these are used in most homemade Dog Treats or in their daily meals. Keep in mind that foods that are beneficial to humans are not necessarily beneficial to dogs. Always make sure the foods you are giving your dog are safe and healthy for them to eat. When in doubt, do without.

The ASPCA has a toxic and non-toxic plant database that includes many foods.

Below is a list I have compiled of foods that you should never feed your dog. Please remember that this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Raisins (all currants)
  • Grapes
  • Any fruit with a pit.
  • Fruit Seeds, Stems, & Leaves
    (Especially apple seeds which contain cyanide. Toxic to dogs)
  • Avocado
  • Parsley
  • Chocolate
  • Bell Peppers are controversial.
  • Spinach is controversial.
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Cinnamon 
  • Salt
  • Many Seasonings. Do not add seasonings to your dog's food.

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Sep 5, 2013

God's Waiting Room

The door opened just a crack and a small ray of light streamed into the room. Before now she had only seen tiny glimmers of light as they passed by the space where the door meets the door frame; and even that wasn't often. She has been in this room for so long, waiting. For what she didn't really know, she couldn't quite remember the dream, but she knew she must wait. She stepped into the light and peered through the cracked door. Then she saw it, or she saw part of it. He was still working on it and she could see that it wasn't ready yet, but He allowed her to see it and she was amazed. With renewed hope she anticipates the completion of His plans as she abides in God's Waiting Room.

Abiding with Him,
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