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Janet has been baking again - Lucky dogs!

Lockdown – Bake off

So we find ourselves with more restrictions and maybe more time at home. What an ideal opportunity to play around with some doggy treat recipes to keep us occupied and help whilst we do some dog training!

Have fun change some ingredients, remember these are treats so you may wish to freeze some or share as to not over indulge our pets.

How about some fun with donuts – I bought the standard size silicone molds or you can get smaller ones and even novelty shapes

Carrot and Apple Donuts

2 cups brown rice flour (I found ground white rice and used that)

2 eggs

1 cup apple sauce – can make your own, baby food or just a jar of apple sauce – unsweetened best

2 teaspoon honey – missed this out as my apple sauce was sweetened

1/3 cup of water

1 medium desert apple finely chopped

1 medium size carrot grated

2 tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil melted – plus a little extra for greasing the donut tray

Oven at 180 degrees

Mix everything together, will be a bit like a thick batter.

Grease the trays with the remaining coconut oil

Spoon into the donut tray to the top – they do not rise – makes 12 standard size

Bake for approx. 10 mins (Fan oven try 160 degrees)

Leave to cool for 5 mins then tip on to wire rack to finish cooling

Peanut Butter Donuts

1 cup flour

1 cup oats

1/3 cup cold pressed Coconut oil

½ cup peanut butter – check ingredients – no palm oil and no Xylitol I use Meridien smooth

2 eggs

For the topping

Cream cheese

Bacon bits – I cooked up some bacon pieces and blitzed in the food processor

Oven at 180 degrees – fan oven 160

Mix all the ingredients together – get your hands in as will be like a dough

I did have too much bacon for the topping so added that extra to the mix

These for not rise so fill the donut molds to the top push in firmly to ensure mixture holds together – makes 12 standard size

Bake for about 14 mins – leave to cool foe about 5 mins then turn out to completely cool

I spread on cheese spread and then dipped into the bacon bits – you can use yogurt or make up your own topping.

Keep in the fridge - they are very crumbly

Cheesy Biscuits

113gm grated cheddar cheese

140g wholemeal flour

56g Polenta (corn meal)

2 heaped teaspoon sunflower seeds

1 heaped teaspoon sesame seeds

1 level teaspoon of ground black pepper

1 medium finely grated carrot

Oven at 160 degrees – for fan oven just reduce cooking time

Mix all the dry ingredients together – add the carrot and cheese then mix in the eggs working together with your hands into a cookie dough

Roll out on a floured board to about 1cm thickness and cut out your cookies using either cookie cutters or just an upturned glass or free hand – your choice

Place on a lined baking tray and cook for 20 – 30 mins – turn off the oven open the door to release any steam and then just let them dry out in the oven till cool makes them more crispy – or just remove from the oven to cool this will leave them a little softer

Try mixing up the flavours – add a touch of Marmite or add a little bacon

Just have fun

A recipe for those stiff joints –

You may have heard that Turmeric is a natural healer. This is often made into a paste called ‘Golden Paste’ and works as an anti-inflammatory for us humans as well as our pets.

So why not make it as a biscuit – as a treat or as a regular option for those who need a little help with the joints or other ailments such as itchy skin. (Always check with your vet first!)

Turmeric Biscuits

170gm – 1 cup cooked brown rice

170gm - 1 cup cooked mashed butternut squash (or try sweet potato)

340gm – self raising wholemeal flour

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of turmeric

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper (this is important as works with the turmeric)

Oven set at 160 degrees

Put all ingredients except the flour into a bowl and mix thoroughly

Slowly add the flour making a dough – you may wish to use your hands – add a bit more flour if needed

Roll out on a floured board to about 1cm thick

Cut out your biscuits with your favourite cutters, upturned glass or freehand

Place on a lined baking tray and bake for 20 mins – less if a fan assisted oven

Turn off oven - open the oven door to release any steam and then leave the biscuits to cool – this will dry them out or remove straight away for a softer biscuit.

Keep in the fridge for up to 4 days - these can be frozen too


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