I am a complete and utter dog nut, and always have been. My fur babies, Millie and Ted, are my absolute pride and joy – it’s never a dull moment when they’re around! August 26th marks International Dog Day, so I felt inspired to come up with a healthy dog treat for them. I’ve had the idea to make my own dog treats ever since I visited a Doggy Bakery in Indianapolis last year. They had a huge range of the most inventive and beautifully decorated, freshly baked dog treats you can imagine!
I especially wanted my treats to be healthy, because the list of things dogs shouldn’t eat is both extensive and bizarre! We all know chocolate is bad for them (it contains a compound called theobromine that is poisonous to dogs in low quantities), but did you know they shouldn’t eat grapes, avocados or onions? So the only ingredients in these treats are oats, apple and egg. The apple adds sweetness to the treats without the need for adding unhealthy calorific sugar that will rot your pet’s teeth. When you’re preparing the apples, it’s ok to leave the skins on, but make sure you remove the cores as apples seeds contain small amounts of cyanide.
These treats got the most important seal of approval of any of my recipes to date! Here are the babes waiting patiently for their TREAT (their favourite word along with ‘walk’!).
- 200 g oats
- 150 g apple
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 150 °C (fan).
Mill the oats to a flour using a food processor (I used the milling blade on my NutriBullet).
Prepare ~150 g of apple by removing the core. I left the skin on, and used two ‘fun-sized’ apples. Blend in a food processor, or alternatively, grate finely.
Whisk the egg, and then mix in the the oat flour and apple to create a soft dough. Knead the dough on the worktop until it becomes ‘less sticky’.
Roll to 1 cm thickness with a rolling pin, then cut out whatever shapes you like (use cookie cutters or cut out your own stencil).
Place on a greased baking tray and cook at 150 °C for ~20-30 min (depending on the size of your treats).
Once cool, store in an airtight container.
If you make these dog treats, tag @thecorkfork on Instagram with a picture of your hairy baby enjoying their treat!