National Dog Biscuit Day: Treat your four-legged friend to something special with a healthy homemade treat

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By: Bailey Brouwer
bbrouwer@flavor574.com

I remember the day I got my dog, Baxter, for my eighth birthday. We got him from the pound in Georgia and his original name was Sparkey. From trying to put my doll clothes on him to painting his nails when I was younger, he’s always stuck by my side.

He’s always been there to listen to me cry about everything in my teens, from break ups to she-said-then-I-said-then-she-said conversations. Baxter has grown to be a part of the family in his 10 years of being with us, and he’s become a huge part of my life. As he’s gotten older, I’ve begun to think of more things I can do for him to make his head perk and tail wag as often as possible. As he ages I feel it’s time for me to give back to him everything that he’s given to me.

Dogs really are man’s best friend. From the loving nudges when they want attention to the joyous tail wagging when you come home from work. When you have a bad day, your dog is always there to lie next to you and listen to your problems. Dogs bring joy into many people’s lives, so why not bring some extra joy into theirs with some homemade treats on National Dog Biscuit Day.

Apple and cheddar pupcakes

From The House of Wood

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashion rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder and oats together.
  3. Add the applesauce, vegetable oil, honey, eggs and cheese.
  4. Mix until combined well.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins, filling them about halfway.
  6. Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes.
  7. Allow the cupcakes to cool and then feed to your dog.

 

Cinnamon roll dog treats

From Pet Coupon Savings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg for wash

Cinnamon filling: 

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Icing:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons milk or water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick oil.
  3. Mix flour and cinnamon together.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine coconut oil, egg and milk together.
  5. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together with your hands until well combined.
  6. Flour surface well, place the dough on the flour and knead 4 to 5 times. roll dough out into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle.
  7. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the cinnamon filling and sprinkle over the dough. Roll into a log and cut dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
  8. Place the slices on the baking sheet and brush with egg wash. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks.
  10. Place cornstarch in a bag, add a little water at a time until thick and soupy. Massage bag until well combined, snip a corner and drizzle of the cinnamon rolls. Allow to dry and put in the refrigerator for up to one week in an airtight container.

 

Peanut butter dog treats

From Big DIY Ideas

Ingredient:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add flour and baking powder to a bowl and mix.
  3. Combine peanut butter and milk in a different bowl and mix.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and combine well.
  5. Put the dough on a floured surface and knead thoroughly.
  6. Roll out so bone is 1/4 inch thick and cut using a dog bone cookie cutter.
  7. Place treats on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, checking occasionally. Cool on rack.

 

Frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats

From 17 Apart

Ingredients:

  • Peanut butter
  • Plain organic Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Spoon a small amounts of peanut butter into an ice tray.
  2. Put yogurt over the peanut butter to fill the rest of the tray.
  3. Make sure yogurt is packed in with the peanut butter so they will not come out separate.
  4. Put in the freezer until frozen, at least 4 hours.
Bailey Brouwer is an intern at Flavor 574 and is currently a student at Elkhart Memorial High School.
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