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Homemade fall treats!

Written by @razzothebernese

Hi, I’m Razzo, an 8-month-old Bernese Mountain dog. My mom says I’m a smart, sassy, and smiley boy! More importantly, I’m a serious foodie and happen to be the lead Taste Taster behind my mom’s homemade dog treats! A very prestigious position indeed. She started experimenting with baking treats a few days after I arrived home. I began to sit by her feet and watch, making sure everything was up to snuff.


It smelled good up there! Mom was happily surprised by how easy (and cost effective) treats were to make herself…and she hasn’t stopped since! I know, I’m one lucky pup. Fast forward a few months, the two of us are now in the kitchen every week trying new ingredients and recipes.

In under an hour, with a few healthy ingredients, you too can whip up a fresh batch of baked treats for your dog to enjoy!


(Disclaimer: we are by no means professional bakers, so if we can make them, you can too!)

Fall Apple Cinnamon Baked Dog Treats!

Prep 20 minutes

Bake 20-25 minutes

Oven 350°F (175°C)

Total 45 minutes

Yield 25 large treats

Ingredients

*1 cup unsweetened apple sauce *1 tbsp honey *1 tbsp cinnamon

*1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional) *1 tsp coconut oil (optional) *1 cup of whole oats

*2 cups oat flour (or ground oats)

Because the base of this recipe is ground oats, it results in gluten free dog treats.




Steps

1) Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

2) Mix unsweetened apple sauce, honey, cinnamon, ground flax seed (optional), coconut oil (optional), and whole oats in a bowl.

1) Slowly add oat flour (or ground oats) and mix. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable. Use hands to knead dough.

2) Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface about ¼ inch thick.

3) Use a cookie cutter or knife to make fun shapes and cut out the treats.

4) Place on a lightly floured (or parchment paper lined) baking sheet.

5) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Baking time will depend on the size, thickness, and shape of the treats.

6) Give your dog some hugs and kisses…

7) Cool and serve!

8) Tag @razzothebernese and share your delicious treats with us online!


Fall Pumpkin Baked Dog Treats

Prep 25 minutes

Bake 20-25 minutes

Oven 350°F (175°C)

Total 50 minutes

Yield 21 XL treats

Ingredients

*¼ cup natural peanut butter (make sure it does not contain xylitol) *½ cup of whole oats *2/3 cup pumpkin puree *2-3 cooked, chopped bacon strips (optional) *2 beaten eggs *1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional) *1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

*2 ½ cups whole wheat flour


Steps

1) Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

2) Mix natural peanut butter, pumpkin puree, beaten eggs, and coconut oil (optional) in a bowl.

3) Add whole oats, chopped bacon strips (optional), and ground flax seed (optional) and mix.

4) Slowly add whole wheat flour and mix. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable. Use hands to knead dough.

5) Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface about ¼ inch thick.

6) Use a cookie cutter (or knife) to make fun shapes and cut out the treats.

7) Place on a lightly floured (or parchment paper lined) baking sheet.

8) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Baking time will depend on the size, thickness, and shape of the treats.

9) Give your dog some hugs and kisses…

10) Cool and serve!

11) Tag @razzothebernese and share your delicious treats with us online!

ADDITIONAL NOTES

- The thinner you roll out your dough, the easier it will be to break apart the treats when baked. (We love to use these treats for training sessions).


- For harder treats, leave them in the oven longer to dry them out. Let cool and store in a tupperware container at room temperature. They should stay fresh for about a week.


- For softer treats, take them out of the oven immediately. Let cool and store them in a tupperware container in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for about a week.


- Both recipes can be frozen and thawed as needed.

- A look at the ingredients (purchased mostly from Wal-Mart and Costco):


*** A note from Mom: I am not a veterinarian - just a very passionate dog mom. The information in this blog post documents personal experiences, research, and recipes that I feed Razzo under our veterinarian’s supervision. If your dog hasn’t tried some of the ingredients in these recipes, I recommend double checking with your vet before feeding them anything new***

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