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Chicken and banana dog treats

Christina Ottaviano

I make my own oat milk, and with the residual oatmeal from that process, I like to bake dog treats. With 4 dachshunds, I prefer to give them homemade treats because I know what’s in them, and it’s ridiculously inexpensive to do. I usually use an egg, but we didn’t have any and to my surprise, the mixture held together beautifully.

Here’s the recipe:

1 cup of oatmeal (I used the leftovers from my oat milk but you could use cooked, fresh oats)

2 cups brown rice flour (I like Arrowhead Mills)

1 very ripe banana

1 5 oz can of chicken

2 tbsp dried parsley (I used my own home grown and dried, but fresh is fine too.)

Combine all ingredients until dough forms a ball, like this.

 Dough should stay together in a ball. It it doesn’t, add more rice flour.

Dough should stay together in a ball. It it doesn’t, add more rice flour.

Roll your dough out on a generously floured baking sheet. I prefer to use a silicone baking mat, so they don’t stick to the sheet when baked. Roll to 1/4” thickness, then score to the size treats you would like. You could alternatively roll out on the counter, and then use cookie cutters, but it takes much longer and the dogs don’t care! Bake on 350 F for 30 minutes, then turn the heat down to 200 F and bake for an hour. Let the oven cool down completely, about 2 or 3 hours (or even overnight), then take them out. The extra time in the oven after it’s off allows them to dry further without burning.

These treats also work well in a food dehydrator overnight, on the lowest setting. They probably don’t need to stay refrigerated because they’ll be very dry, but you can freeze them or refrigerate them and take out just what you need it if you won’t use them as quickly.

…more holistic, grain-free treat recipes are available in my hardback cookbook or my digital downloaded version

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https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2018/11/6/chicken-and-banana-dog-treats

One roasted pumpkin heeds two great recipes

Christina Ottaviano

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I roasted a pie pumpkin while also roasting a spaghetti squash for dinner last week. But why? How? Easy! Cut any type of squash in half and then roast cut side down on a baking pan. I roasted mine for 50 minutes on 425 F.

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Yes, it seems time consuming but I also mowed the lawn, did dishes, and finished up some laundry in that time frame…I also made dog treats from the pumpkin guts! So save yours from pumpkin carving or other baking activities, and read about that recipe below.

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So, I let the pumpkin cool for about 20 minutes, and then I scraped the soft insides from the skin into my food processor.

You could also use a blender. I pulsed it until smooth, then placed it in a mason jar in the fridge, to be used in a delicious pumpkin apple cake. A small pie pumpkin yielded about 1 2/3 cups of pureed pumpkin.

The cake turned out even better than I could have imagined; I used King Arthur Gluten Free Flour in place of white flour, coconut oil where the butter was supposed to be, and freshly grated ginger as I was out of powdered ginger. The spices are PERFECTLY on point in this recipe for a fall treat you will absolutely love. I also doubled the apples used. Definitely bake this in a bundt pan (I found one for $2.99 at 2nd Avenue Thrift Store), with all of the apples in it, this cake needs the extra air flow while baking to ensure it bakes evenly. Using fresh pumpkin puree makes this recipe even better, but you could also use canned.

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What’s better than perfectly seasoned pumpkin apple cake? How about dog treats made from the pumpkin guts and seeds? I took the innards from the pumpkin and pulsed them in my food processor. They didn’t break up easily, so I decided to mix the entire recipe in the food processor. Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkin flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.

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Spinach Pumpkin Seed Dog Treats

Guts and seeds from 1 small pumpkin

1 egg

14 oz package of frozen spinach, defrosted, drained (about 1 cup cooked fresh)

1 cup cooked, plain oatmeal (I used the leftovers from making oat milk!)

2 1/2 cups brown rice flour

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until well blended. Add more flour if dough is too sticky. Flour your baking sheet well, then turn dough onto sheet, rolling to about 1/4” thickness. A wine bottle works great for this if your rolling pin doesn’t fit on the sheet. Sprinkle with raw oats, score the dough where you would like the treats to break into the appropriate size for your dog, and then bake on 425F for about 45 minutes, leaving the sheet in the oven, with the door closed, after turning it off to allow it to cool and dry further without burning.

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https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2018/10/22/one-pumpkin-2-recipes

Homemade soft dog treats

Christina Ottaviano

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I made applesauce the other day. It’s officially Fall in PA, and we even went apple picking to celebrate. Apple cobbler, apple scrap vinegar, apples with caramel - mmm, apples.

 Be sure to sprinkle rice flour on your mat.

Be sure to sprinkle rice flour on your mat.

I love all things Fall, but one thing I do without a doubt every year is make applesauce. It’s a tradition, passed down from my grandparents, and my brother demands our family recipe every year for his autumn birthday.

I usually compost the apple skins. They come out of my Kitchen Aid sauce attachment like a tube of poo, falling into a bowl, the sauce falling into a second bowl…much like the falling leaves…but this year I looked at them and thought, “dog treats.” So, into the mixing bowl they went, with some brown rice flour, an egg, and a boiled yam. I added some cinnamon to make the treats more fall-ish. Then rolled them out with a generous sprinkle of brown rice flour to keep them from sticking. Sprinkled with rolled oats, rolled again so they’d stick, and baked them in the oven for an hour on 350F.

 They turned out beautifully!

They turned out beautifully!

I let them stay in the oven until it cooled and guess what? They came out soft! I keep them in the fridge but they won’t last long. The weens are going CRAZY for these apple-cinnamon treats.

Apple Cinnamon Soft Dog Treats

Skins from approx. 7lbs apples, cooked

about 1 c brown rice flour

1 egg, 1 boiled medium yam

1 tsp cinnamon

sprinkle of rolled oats

Combine all ingredients and follow the instructions above. Add more brown rice flour if dough is too wet.

 I store my treats in glass jars, and keep them refrigerated.

I store my treats in glass jars, and keep them refrigerated.

 Apple scrap vinegar, recipe from Zero Waste Chef.

Apple scrap vinegar, recipe from Zero Waste Chef.

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2018/10/6/homemade-soft-dog-treats

Oatmeal Orange Dog Treats

Christina Ottaviano

 These treats are quick and easy!

These treats are quick and easy!

I make my own oat milk, simply by adding 1 cup of oatmeal to 3 cups of filtered water in my food processor. The oats that I strain out are still good for making dog biscuits, so each week, I have been coming up with a new recipe based on what I already have on hand.

 Use ingredients you have on hand!

Use ingredients you have on hand!

Leftover Oatmeal Dog Treats

I cup of oatmeal (I used the leftovers from my oat milk but you could use fresh oats)

1 2/3 cups brown rice flour (I like Arrowhead Mills)

Zest and juice from 1/2 orange

1 egg

 Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

 Generously flour your baking sheet with rice flour.

Generously flour your baking sheet with rice flour.

 Roll your dough to 1/4” thick. I prefer a wine bottle because it rolls over the edges of the sheet.

Roll your dough to 1/4” thick. I prefer a wine bottle because it rolls over the edges of the sheet.

Sprinkle the top of the dough if it sticks too much while rolling. Then, score with a knife. Bake on 350 F for 30 minutes, then turn the heat down to 200 F and bake for an hour. Turn off oven, and let the treats stay inside until the oven has cooled. This will help the treats to dry out further without burning. Store any treats that won’t be used immediately in the refrigerator or freezer.

Alternately, these treats work well in a food dehydrator overnight, on the lowest setting. More holistic, grain-free treat recipes are available in my hardback cookbook or the digital downloaded version

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2018/9/25/oatmeal-orange-dog-treats

Easy, grain-free treats you can make for your dog

Christina Ottaviano

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It’s kind of annoying when you look for a recipe, and the blog that features it has this entire diatribe before the recipe is posted. Not so here! Recipe adapted from one posted by Monica Segal.

Easy, 4 Ingredient Dog Treats

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour (I like Arrowhead Mills)

1/4 cup dried basil (I used my own, from my garden. You can also use fresh!)

1/4 cup sauced tomatoes (I used our garden tomatoes but you can use canned)

2 eggs

Just mix everything together. It will be a wet ball of dough when mixed.

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 Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

 Generously flour your baking pan and mat with additional rice flour.

Generously flour your baking pan and mat with additional rice flour.

 Roll out dough, using extra rice flour where sticky, to about 1/4” thick, then score with a knife.

Roll out dough, using extra rice flour where sticky, to about 1/4” thick, then score with a knife.

 Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, then drop temp to 200F for 60 minutes.

Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, then drop temp to 200F for 60 minutes.

Just leave the pan with the treats on it in the oven until it’s completely cool, when finished. This will help dry them out a little further. Alternately, these treats work well in a food dehydrator overnight, on the lowest setting. I recommend they stay refrigerated because there are no preservatives, though they probably won’t last long enough to grow mold anyway…more holistic, grain-free treat recipes are available in my hardback cookbook or my digital downloaded version

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2018/9/13/easy-grain-free-treats-you-can-make-for-your-dog

How-to: A video demonstration for homemade dog treats

Christina Ottaviano

My holistic pet treat cookbook contains recipes written and tested by yours truly.  Check out this video I created, which shows you how to make healthy, grain free dog treats in your own kitchen, very inexpensively.

Best wishes for healthy, happy dogs! -Christina

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2017/9/10/how-to-a-video-demonstration-for-homemade-dog-treats