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December 2, 2015

Homemade Pet Treats as Gifts

If you are a pet lover then there's a good chance that many
of your friends have pets.  Today's post features recipes for
homemade treats for the furry friends on your Christmas list.

Sweet Potato Dog Chews
The only ingredient of this simple recipe is a large, washed sweet potato.
Preheat the oven to 250º.  Slice the potato into about 1/3" thick slices.
(Slice the potato lengthwise for larger, longer lasting chews.)

Lay the slices flat, without overlapping, on a cookie sheet lined
with parchment paper.   Bake for 3 hours, turning the slices over
about halfway through cooking.  Allow the chews to cool
completely on a wire rack before serving.

Store chews in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or freeze for
up to 3 months.  Cooked as directed, these treats will be soft but
chewy.  If your dog prefers a crispier treat, cook an additional 30
minutes.  The chews may appear too soft when they're first
removed from the oven but they will continue drying and
become harder and chewier as they cool.

Banana and Honey Canine Biscuits
2 cups water
2 bananas,  mashed
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
4½ cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350º.  Combine water, bananas, honey, vanilla,
and applesauce in a large mixing bowl.  Stir in flour and baking
powder.  Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and a
dough is formed.

Knead dough on a floured surface for several minutes or until
it is no longer sticky.  With a rolling pin, roll dough to about
¼" thickness.  Cut into biscuit shapes using a bone-shaped
cookie cutter or with a regular cookie cutter.  

Place biscuits onto 2 lightly greased cookie sheets (coconut oil
works great.)  Bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow
biscuits to cool completely before serving or packaging.

Super Easy Kitty Treats
3 jars baby food meat (or veggies)
1½ cups cream of wheat or wheat germ
Small amount of tuna juice

Mix well and drop by ¼ spoonfuls onto a wax paper-covered plate.
Cover with another piece of wax paper.  Cook in microwave on
high for 5-8 minutes until formed and firm.  Store in the refrigerator.
Note:  check the baby food labels to make sure they don't contain
onion or garlic powder.

Savory Cheese Cat Treats
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/4 cup cornmeal

Preheat the oven to 350º.  Combine cheeses and yogurt.  Add
flour and cornmeal.  If needed, add a small amount of water
to create a nice dough.  Knead dough, roll into a 1/4 inch thick
'tube' then cut into one inch slices.  Place on a greased cookie
sheet and bake for 25 minutes.  Makes 2 dozen.

I can personally attest to the popularity of the first 2 recipes - Archie
and Boswell love them.  These recipes are simple and easy to make
and will be a hit with beloved dogs and cats this holiday.


  1. Can't wait to try the sweet potato chews. Thank you!

  2. Remember the sweet loves who make our life so much better everyday.
    I make yam or sweet potato for The Square Ones all the time.
    They love them. A wonderful gift.
    Daughter used to make dog cookies from the show the Three Dog Bakery.
    They were the best treats ever.

    cheers, parsnip