Let’s face it, it’s hot out and the last thing I (or most likely, you) want to do is hang out in the kitchen. I have been somewhat, for lack of a better word, lazy about cooking for myself let alone Lola and Rio. But this weekend was different. Okay, somewhat.
I whipped out some beef stock (could also use a beef bouillon cube), water, and crushed up treats to pull these together.
Meet the easiest dog treats you’ll ever make.
Though my taste-testers wouldn’t know the difference if I told them they took me hours to make. So…here’s the detailed directions:
I feel as if we’re overdue to share a new dog treat recipe with you! Things have been a little nuts as we packed up all of our stuff and moved out of Minnesota the last week in January. However, life *should* be getting back to normal now that we’re (somewhat) settled in Colorado. Meaning we’ll be able to bust out a more regular treat recipe schedule for ya…
I’m excited to share this new smoothie recipe that Lola and Rio (of course) LOVED. It also happens to be pinkish-reddish in color just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Not too long ago I found out about The Honest Kitchen’s powdered goat milk called Bloom – have you used it? I love that it comes in a powder that you just add water to (less waste for us) and the dogs go nuts for it when I pour a little over their food. (No, THK did not pay me to say any of that.) Dangit.
Anyways, moving onward – this recipe is far from complicated and uses only three ingredients, I think it was completed from start to finish in 5 minutes. And that included washing my blender.
A typical Saturday at our house lately has been sleeping in until about 9 a.m., brewing a fresh pot of Grounds & Hounds coffee, hopping on the computer to catch up on emails and blog stuff then running the dogs over to a friend’s house or the park to run off ‘the crazies’.
Well, those Saturdays have been modified a bit. The whole going to the park hasn’t happened the past few Saturdays because it’s been downright COLD.
I promise I will not ramble on and on about how lovely depressing the winter months are here in Minnesota (in this post).
But speaking of cold I saw a poster online that read, “The air hurts my face. Why am I living somewhere where the air hurts my face?”. I had to share and chuckle.
But we’re not talking about that, we’re talking about dog treats – sheesh. But not just any dog treats. Fancy ones with ginger and ooples.
And a very willing model.
If I would’ve zoomed out, this photo would be quite hilarious. Lola is standing off to the side wondering why she can’t be the paw model (and quite frankly, gobble up all the treats). And Rio is wondering why his feet have to be touching this strange piece of wood while holding a “relax” position for way too long after being tempted by the smells of freshly baked treats. Thanks, Rio – you were such a good boy!
If you’re wondering why Lola’s paws weren’t used, to be truthful, her nails needed trimming. #dogmomproblems
Last month was the first month in quite some time where I (a) went to the gym more than once, (b) spent close to an hour at the park everyday with the pups, and (c) felt a little pressure relieved from my shoulders. If you need to catch up, please read August’s “My Pittied Life”.
However, it seems that no matter how many extra hours in the day I may have, time still manages to slip through my fingers like sand. Extra time? Yeah…gone.
But it was quite the eventful month, take a peek!
Antonio and I took a daytrip up to Duluth, Minnesota with two of our good friends a couple weeks ago. The biggest shocker: we went sans dogs.
Of course I would’ve preferred them there but that would’ve meant eating solely on patios and waiting outside any not-so dog friendly shops while they browsed around.
I could sit on my computer all day and play with graphics and photo editing software. However, I am not an artist nor do I claim to be. I’ll leave that to the experts. A friend referred me to Ivan – and before I knew it, I had three new logo choices waiting for me in my inbox.
After way too much thought into font choice and other relatively unimportant decisions, I ended up with a new logo for the blog! And I adore it. What do you think?
Parks & Play
September proved to be a great month weather-wise. However, we may have seen our last 80 degree day for quite a while!
My friend Amaya and I took Lola, Rio, and Tater to the Minnehaha Falls dog park, aka Doggy Nirvana. Here’s a little peek into the craziness:
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I was taking a long walk with Lola and Rio and began brainstorming new blog post ideas. I always find it best to step away from the chaos of the television and computer to clear my head and allow my thoughts to transform.
And since pumpkin-everything is in full force I wanted to do some sort of recipe involving it – for our four-legged friends of course. Well, I thought of the perfect use for it!
-Ask kindly if you could have a few sample cups for a dog recipe that you are going to make for your blog.
-Smile when the cashier gives you a weird look and says, “Ummm, sure!” and hands you several sample-sized (adorable) Starbucks cups.
-Come home, break out the blender, a few ingredients and VOILA.
Even better yet, if you have your own small cups, those would work great as well. Trust me, if I didn’t need to take photos of these, they would’ve ended up in the scattered assortment of little ramekins I have.
Otherwise these are great frozen as well! Simply pour mixture into ice cube tray (filling about halfway) and give as a yummy snack (TIP: these are great stuffed into a Kong)!
¾ cup (unsweetened) coconut milk (sold in the half-gallon cartons. Can sub with almond milk or goat milk)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup pure pumpkin
Combine all ingredients in blender.
Blend until well mixed.
Pour into small serving cups (or freeze using ice cube trays).
*Add an extra splash of coconut milk for a thinner consistency (or if not blending smooth).
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A couple months ago, I asked our friends on Facebook what type of dog treats they’d love to see and we received a ton of requests. Carob cupcakes, carrot treats, chicken wild rice, and so many other great ideas.
And then…life happened.
We had a few eventful weeks presented to us and before I knew it, I never shared this recipe with you. But I feel like I’m finally able to breath, regain focus and get back into a normal routine with life and this blog.
Lola and Rio literally sat in front of the oven the entire time these were baking. When I had to photograph them they were both on pins and needles waiting for me to give them one (I might have snuck them a little taste). If they could talk, I’d be willing to bet they’d tell you this is their favorite dog treat recipe yet.
I loved making them, too. As you know if you’ve read my previous DIY dog treat recipes – I love simple. And healthy. You will not see me feeding Lola and Rio a cheeseburger, ice cream cone, or french fries (I save that for myself). I’m not judging you if you do, but I just don’t think they need it and I want my babies to live a long, healthy life.
Your pup will love these DIY chicken wild rice dog treats that resemble mini muffins!
Author: Sarah at Lolathepitty.com (adapted from Kolchak Puggle)
1 cup wild rice, mashed (may sub with another rice)
1 cup chicken, diced fine or shredded
3 Tablespoons rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, diced
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and stir until well incorporated.
Using a spoon, press mixture into each cavity, packing tight and filling nearly to the top.
Bake for 25 minutes or until top begins to turn golden brown.
Let cool completely before serving.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days (or freeze).
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The rice flour was just brown rice flour from Bob’s Red Mill (if there’s ever a specialty flour you need, I guarantee they make it and it’s at most grocery stores).
To save time, I actually used canned chicken in this recipe. I was able to find an organic, canned chicken without any preservatives so I gave it a go.
And if you’re like me ten years ago (prior to living in Minnesota) and are going, “Huh? Where the heck can I find wild rice…wait, what is wild rice?!” just substitute with brown rice or whatever rice you’d like.
I have extra fresh parsley & mint to use for human recipes.
I was at a Pet Expo a few weekends ago with our friend Amaya and her SDiT Tater. We couldn’t help but stop by the homemade dog treat booth and one treat that caught my eye was a dog biscuit made with buckwheat flour.
I’ve honestly never baked with buckwheat flour (partially because I tried buckwheat pancakes one time and umm, yeah….), but I immediately knew I wanted to try and create my own version but of course didn’t have a recipe for one.
I played with the ingredients a little bit and initially tried to make it without the egg but it was too dry – so after a little trial and error I think I’ve perfected it! I hope your pups enjoy these as much as Lola & Rio.
Lola and Rio seriously went nuts over these smoothies I made for them. I love making treats like these for them because they are truly good for them and packed with vitamins, antioxidants, healthy fats and protein! And they love them…win. Wish I could say the same for myself.
I tried to snap a photo of them afterwards because they both had smoothie splattered all over their noses after slurping up their snack. Unfortunately both of their tongues were faster than I was.
Four simple ingredients make up these Puppy Power Smoothies:
Carrots – excellent source of vitamin A, antioxidants, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc… and if that wasn’t enough, didn’t your mom always tell you to eat your carrots?
Parsley – stinky breath fixer-upper. Plus vitamin C, B12, K and A.
Greek yogurt – excellent source of protein!
Almond Milk – protein, low cal, plus a good source of omega fatty acids.
You can also freeze these and let your dog lick the cup clean for prolonged entertainment.
This recipe only yields four small servings, but you could easily double it or triple it and keep a supply in the freezer.
Puppy power smoothies filled with tons of vitamins, antioxidants and protein. Plus, parsley will help with any bad breath your dog may have!
Author: Sarah at LolaThePitty.com
⅔ C almond milk (unsweetened!)
1 cup chopped carrots
½ C greek yogurt (plain)
¼ cup fresh parsley
Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Serve on top of food, in a bowl, or frozen! Makes approximately 4 small servings.
You will begin to notice a trend with all of the dog recipes I make on this blog. I will never use vegetable or canola oil in my recipes, if I use flour it will be either whole wheat or a gluten free flour (such as rice, corn, or coconut), I will never add any unnecessary sugar and they will all offer nutritional benefits for your pup.
You could say I’m a teensy bit picky about what our dogs eat.
I’ll be honest, our dogs eat much cleaner than I do. As I’m sure many of us can relate to.
I hope your pups enjoy these as much as Lola and Rio!
Simple, small batch Peanut Butter Banana + Flax Seed Dog Biscuits! This recipe is a breeze to pull together and is a nutritious snack for your dog!
Author: Sarah @ LolaThePitty.com
1 cup whole wheat flour (can be substituted with rice or coconut flour for a grain free option)
½ banana, mashed
⅓ cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
¼ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
Mix ingredients together thoroughly using a spatula until well combined.
Roll out mixture on a floured surface to approximately ¼". Cut into desired shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.
Place on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
*This yielded 24, 2-inch dog treats for me. *Store in a airtight container.
You know the best thing about these Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits is?
Besides that they have flax seed in them obviously and that they yield ~24 treats?!
You only need one bowl, a spatula and 30 minutes to pull these off!
I love making homemade treats for Lola & Rio – don’t get me wrong. But if the recipe yields 100 little dog treats, that translates to a lot of rolling dough, cutting cute little shapes out, and lots of dirty baking sheets. Then before you know it I’m ready to throw the entire piece of dough on the baking sheet and break it up for the dogs after it’s been baked. Today was one of those days, so this recipe was perfect. I played with the measurements and really enjoy this simple dog treat recipe!
I included flax seed in this because it is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your pup’s skin and coat. You can omit this of course if you don’t have any.
I baked these treats for 20 minutes – this resulted in a somewhat chewy yet still slightly crunchy dog biscuit. (My pumpkin dog biscuit recipe is baked for longer and produced a crunchy dog biscuit, similar to a Milk Bone or something similar.)
My taste testers would tell you they LOVED this recipe. But then again it does have peanut butter AND banana AND it came from a human hand. That pretty much guarantees it’s being eaten.
I hope your pups (and you!) enjoy this small batch peanut butter banana + flax seed dog biscuit recipe!