Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Up until now I have been posting recipes for people, but as I was perusing the web last week I found a website with a plethora of dog treat recipes and decided to try one of them out. What better way to show the boy's dog that I love him too than to bake him some dog treats? Even better was that one of the recipes was for Breath Bustin' Biscuits. Now the pup doesn't have horrible breath, I have definitely smelled much worse, but he does have a tendency to pant right in your face as you pet him, so I thought it might be nice for him have minty fresh breath.
Aside from minty fresh breath, baking treats for your pets is a great way to control what foods they eat and know exactly whats in the treats you feed them. Much like with people, I think it's better to make something yourself than rely on prepackaged foods. In addition to being healthier, with less preservatives, it's also much more cost effective to make your own treats, especially with summer coming when you can grow your own mint in your herb garden.
Breath Bustin Biscuits
makes 30 medium biscuits
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups Bisquik baking mix
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup milk
4 Tbsp margarine
1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup - or corn syrup
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Combine all ingredients in food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process well until mint is chopped and a large ball forms.
2. Press or roll on a non-stick surface (floured board or ceramic) to a thickness of 1/4 - 1/2". Cut into 1x2" strips or with bone shaped cookie cutter and place on a non-stick cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool & store in a airtight container.
The dog loved these, now I of course recognize that he'll eat just about anything I give him. He's become my kitchen buddy laying in the middle of the floor waiting for a tasty morsel to drop. So he's not my most discerning taste tester, but as long as he eats them, I'm happy. I don't have any hard proof that his breathe has improved, but he get so excited when he sees that tupperware container come down of the top of the fridge because he knows they are his special cookies. I may make another batch this weekend and freeze them so we don't have to buy treats for awhile. There are all kinds of dog treat recipes on The Poop that I will post as I make them and the pup tries them. Enjoy!