If you’ve read a few of my previous posts you’ll know that over the past couple of months I’ve been struggling a little bit; feeling stuck in a little rut of misery and unable to dig my way out. After moping about and, quite frankly, boring myself with my mardiness, I decided it was high time I started making positive steps and so I’ve been actively make more effort to create my own happiness. I’ll post more at a later date about some of the things I’m doing to enrich my life, but one of those things is baking.
Back in the days when I used to live alone, I would bake something almost every weekend. I’d wake up on a Saturday morning, let the recipe book fall open onto a page, then I’d trot off to buy the ingredients required and spend my Saturday afternoon whipping up something tasty in the kitchen.
Then, life happened, and baking fell by the wayside, and before I knew it, I realised that I didn’t bake anything anymore – I was an ex-baker – and I missed it. I find it such a therapeutic way to pass the time, plus there’s the huge sense of achievement when you take the finished result out of the oven, plus the joy of eating something delicious that you know you probably shouldn’t… in fact, that might be the best bit…
Anyway, to ease myself back into it, I thought I’d whip up something useful, in the form of healthy dog treats for Poppy. As with any dog, sometimes her breath could melt the flesh off of a persons face, so when it came to picking something to make for her, I opted to seek something that would freshen her up and lessen the assault on our senses.
I knew that parsley is really good for freshening dogs’ breath, so I decided to flex my baking muscles with some mint and parsley oat biscuits. An added bonus of making your own dog treats is that you know exactly what ingredients go into them and how healthy they are compared to shop-bought treats.
2.5 cups of oats
0.5 cup of fresh parsley (chopped finely)
0.5 cup of fresh mint (chopped finely)
1 large egg or 0.25 cup of unsweetened apple sauce (if your dog has an egg allergy)
0.25 cup of water
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
Set your oven to 170c / Gas Mark 3.
Blend the oats until they become a fine flour-like consistency.
In a bowl mix the parsley, mint, egg, water and coconut oil. Once mixed, add the oat flour in bit by bit until it forms a dough. Knead then place onto a lightly floured surface.
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough until flat – I made mine around 0.25 inch thick.
If you want to make them into shapes you can use a cookie cutter to do so, however I just rolled mine out into a rectangle.
Lay rolled dough onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, then pop into the oven for 35-minutes.
If you have left your dough as a single rectangular piece, immediately upon removing from the oven, use a knife to cut into bitesize pieces.
Once my batch had cooled down, I separated them and put the in a tupperware pot for safe keeping. Obviously I let Poppy have a taste as soon as they were cool enough for her to do so, and she really likes them! I tasted them myself and, I have to admit, I don’t think I’ll be eating anymore – they’re ridiculously bland apart from the flavour of mint. I think next time instead of using egg I’ll try it with unsweetened apple sauce to see if that improves them at all.
I’ve had a look on Amazon and there are quite a few recipe books for dog treats which I think I might splash out on. I always worry about the treats available in supermarkets and pet stores because of the ingredients in them – I’d much rather be able to feed Poppy clean and 100% healthy treats rather than what could essentially be junk food.
If anyone has any good dog treat recipes please let me know, I’m always up for recommendations!
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