Do you have a pet that is a super fussy eater? We sure do! In fact, we have TWO... Lila and Rumo are our beautiful Alaskan Malamute twins... and they can be ridiculously picky about what they will eat, especially when it comes to dog treats.
One of our dogs' favourite New Thing A Day challenges I did back in 2015 was learning how to make them some homebaked dog biscuits. I have tried a number of different recipes since then but this one remains their absolute favourite.
We had received a very thoughtful Christmas gift from our family: an adorable set of dog biscuit recipes together with the cutest cookie cutters.
So, on Day 3 of keeping my 2015 New Year's resolution to try a new thing a day, I was keen to try my hand at baking some dog biscuits for the very first time. I selected an apple and honey biscuit recipe because our dogs definitely like sweet treats, plus we already had all of the necessary ingredients. I decided to add carrots to the ingredients because our dogs are especially fond of carrots.
From the moment I started grating the apples and carrots, the pupsters knew I was up to something interesting and shadowed my every move as I mixed and rolled out the dough, cut out the shapes and placed them onto baking sheets.
Once the biscuits had been baked to perfection, I took out the freshly baked biscuits from the oven, and even to me they smelled gooooood! Lila and Rumo frantically went through a whole repertoire of tricks in an attempt to persuade us they deserved a cookie: offering paws, high fives, sitting, lying down, wooing…you name it!
When the treats had sufficiently cooled down, and Lila and Rumo had calmly sat down and waited politely, they were each rewarded with a biscuit.
THEY LOVED THEM!!!
So much so, that in fact, a little later on, when we had left the kitchen, Lila snuck back in and decided to do a little countersurfing, helping herself from the cooling rack – very, very naughty behaviour indeed! But from a fluffy princess who turns up her nose at almost every dog treat in existence, it just goes to show what a big hit these were!
The recipe states that these treats will keep for 3 weeks in an airtight container but I cannot say for certain because our dogs make sure they never last that long 🙂
HONEY, APPLE AND CARROT DOG TREATS RECIPE
- 1 (Sweet) apple - grated
- 1 Large carrot - grated
- 250g Seed and grain wholemeal flour
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Tsp Sunflower oil
- 1 Egg
Line baking sheets with greaseproof paper and preheat oven to 180 C (350 F / Gas Mark 4).
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until it becomes a smooth dough.
Place dough onto a well floured surface and roll out to 5mm thickness. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters and place on baking sheets.
Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until lightly golden brown on top. (30 minutes for a softer, chewier biscuit or 40 minutes for a crunchier texture)
Allow to cool completely on cooling rack before transferring to airtight container.
You can follow our dogs' adventures on Instagram 🙂