If you’ve been following our blog, in our last post I discovered that Catherine, my 5-year-old Yorkie, has sensitivities to some common ingredients. Since I just found out, I immediately changed up my regular treat recipe. Today I’m adding a little spin on it, and giving you my treat recipe for dogs with sensitivities. These treats avoid all the the things Catherine is sensitive to, and they are super healthy and delicious.
I want to mention some of the health benefits of the ingredients we are using:
Kale – Kale provides many nutrients and lowers cholesterol. Kale is known to help prevent at least 5 types of cancer in humans and research suggests it does the same in animals. Kale serves as both an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant. The unique combination of flavonoids with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories has been shown to alleviate chronic joint stress and daily wear and tear. Also for daily health, kale is known to contain essential vitamins often missing or insufficient in dog food including: beta carotene, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin.♦
Apples – Apples are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C ♦
Flax Seed Meal – Flax is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, is good for the coat and arthritis. It’s also an excellent source of fiber.♦
Liver – Liver can provide your Yorkie with protein, fat, vitamin A, copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus, zinc, B vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and essential amino acids. The best liver for dog consumption comes from beef, lamb, pork, chicken, or bison. It shouldn’t be fed all the time as the main diet, but used in moderation it can be great for your Yorkie.♦
Cricket Powder – Crickets are an excellent source of protein and also provide calcium, phosphorous, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. ♦
Brown Rice Flour – Brown rice flour is an excellent alternative to wheat flour for dogs with sensitivities to wheat. It is naturally gluten-free, and provides protein, iron, fiber and vitamin B. Brown rice flour is rich in manganese, which helps in the proper development of bones and cartilage.♦
Eggs – Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. ♦
1 pound beef liver
2 large eggs
1 cup peeled and diced apples
3 – 4 cups chopped kale greens
1 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup cricket powder (or cricket flour) – optional
1/8 cup flax seed meal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan (preferably with coconut oil) and dust with flour. Alternatively, you can use a silicone baking mat. Puree the beef liver and egg in a blender until liquefied. Pour the liver and egg into a large bowl and add the brown rice flour, flax, and cricket powder. Mix well, then add the kale and apples.
Spread the mixture evenly onto your prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes. The treats will be firm but slightly soft, like a brownie. Allow to cool and cut into bite-sized squares. Store in freezer or fridge and take out as needed.
I got about 150 various sized squares out of this batch. This represents about 1/4 of the total batch.
The nifty little container I am using for these treats is called “Pupperware” and they are totally awesome. I have a couple of these and they are bone shaped and stack together. You can get yours online for just $3.99. They come in clear with lid colors of clear, pink, red, and black. Click here to get some for yourself: Bone-shaped Pupperware to store your dog treats.