Cheesy Veggie Dog Treats

August 31, 2012

I started baking homemade treats for my dog because I never liked the strong smell of store bought ones. I also wanted to minimize preservatives and fat in her diet.
In the beginning, I followed recipes exactly. Now, I make my own recipes based on ingredients my dog likes and are good for her. I also try to use organic ingredients as the benefits far surpass the nominal price premium.
This is a fast and easy recipe to make. Basically all ingredients are pantry items. You don’t even need a mixer. A large bowl, Rolling pin, cookie cutters or a knife and baking sheet are all the equipment needed. They can be shaped into disks, rolled up into sticks or take on any cookie cutter shape you might have. Size them according to your dog breed. If using these treats for training purposes, roll the dough into a thin log (3/4 inch) and cut into 1/4 inch pieces using a sharp knife. Reduce baking time to 15-18 minutes.

    Cheesy Veggie Treats

prep work: 15 minutes
baking: 20-25 minutes
If your dog prefers crunchier treats, leave them in the oven (once baked) for a few minutes.
I recommend lining the baking sheet with a nonstick liner or parchment paper for easy clean up.
Since these treats are preservative-free; they should be kept in airtight containers in the refrigerator. They last this way for about a week. You can also store the un-baked dough in freezer./em>

1 1/2 cups oat flour
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 extra large egg
1/3-1/2 cup water
1 cup mild cheddar cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (not the fresh kind in water)
1 medium carrot
1 cup broccoli florets
1 teaspoon oregano
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Finely chop/grate broccoli, carrot and cheese. Food processor would do all this in a minute.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl or in food processor until a dough forms. The dough should be on the dry side. If the dough is too wet; add more flour. If too dry, add a little more water.
Flour a board and roll out the dough to 1/4 to 1/3 inch thickness. Cut into desired size/shape.
Place treats on a baking sheet close to each other and bake for 20-25 minutes based on the size. Cool completely and store in the fridge.



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