Who doesn't love a healthy, easy treat that your dogs will love?
Like many of you, my dogs are part of my family. I want them to be happy and healthy and I want them the celebrate the holidays with us. Like many "fur" babies Gonzo and Beau have their own stockings on our mantle, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
This can be a busy time of year and for those of you who are dog parents we've created a recipe that is sure to please your pet. The best news is it is all natural and great for even the most sensitive tummy. In addition to having important vitamins basil has anti-anxiety properties, which is helpful for those dogs that get nervous around loud noises and revelry.
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 finely chopped sweet potato
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon crushed basil
1 tablespoon local honey
1/2 cup cold water
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets.
In a large mixing bowl stir all the ingredients together.
Roll into small 1-inch balls and flatten with your hand to make discs. Place dog biscuits on the baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes. After baking, turn oven off and leave cookies inside for another 30-45 minutes until crisp. Trust me when I say your dog will be waiting by the oven.
Once completely cooled transfer the dog biscuits to an airtight container or freezer for storage.
These treats are not only healthy but tasty as well and make wonderful holiday gifts. There are a number of variations that you can play with incorporating almond oil instead of coconut oil; or apples in place of sweet potatoes. Pumpkin is also a wonderful alternative to sweet potato and has a multitude of health benefits. Want to know more about pumpkin for your pet?
We would love to know how your dogs enjoy our recipe! Do you have a recipe idea?
Heather Wallace is a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Certified Canine Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist, and Co-owner of Bridle & Bone Wellness LLC. By day she massages horses and dogs, and by night she is the writer for her blog, Bridle & Bone. Yet somehow she still finds time for her family, her dogs, and horses.