Everyone has his or her favorite holiday tradition. In my humble opinion, Hanukkah means two things: latkes and donuts. I’ll admit to enjoying a crunchy sweet potato latke (or two), especially with a slathering of applesauce. Many of us hold tight to our family’s holiday traditions, especially when it comes to food.
But beware! Most human holiday goodies can be harmful to pets. If you want a batch of healthy and dog-friendly treats, you might have to make it yourself. I’ve scoured the interwebs in search of the most nutritious and easy-to-create canine delicacies out there. Here’s the lowdown.
APPLE CARROT COOKIES
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mix ingredients together until dough forms.
3. Roll dough into small balls and place them on a cookie tray. Gently press down until the biscuits are about 1/4 inch thick.
4. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Let cool before serving.
FROZEN MINI DOG TREATS
5 ounces plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup fresh mint
1/4 cup honey
1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend thoroughly.
2. Using an ice cube tray, fill each slot about 3/4 full with the mixture.
3. Place in the freezer for 2 hours or until frozen all the way through.
4. Give to your dog for fresh breath and a great treat that also aids digestion.
GINGERBREAD DOG COOKIES
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 Tbsp. ground ginger
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves together. In a separate bowl, combine the molasses, water, and oil.
3. Pour the molasses mix into the flour and stir until well combined.
4. Roll out the dough until it’s about 1/2 inch thick.
5. Cut the dough into holiday or dog-related shapes.
6. Put the cutout dough on the cookie sheet.
7. Let them bake 20 minutes, cool and serve!
PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA BALL TREATS
1 ripe banana
3 tsp. peanut butter
1 1/2 cups of oats
1. Thoroughly mix the banana and peanut butter in a mixing bowl.
2. Take one teaspoon and make a ball.
3. Roll the ball in the oat for a delicious coating.
1/2 small banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup of coconut milk
Pinch of cinnamon
1. Place all ingredients in your food processor or blender and mix until smooth and creamy.
2. Serve immediately!
Many human eggnog recipes use grated nutmeg. NEVER give your dog nutmeg. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs and high levels can be fatal. Remember to keep your spices and foods that contain nutmeg well out of your pup’s reach.
Winter holidays are a great time of year to try your hand at homemade dog treats. These sweet treats are perfect when you need a pinch of holiday spirit and a sprinkle of festive fun!