Quarantine is Barking Up the Wrong TreeMarch 18, 2020
I am currently writing this from my home as I have self-quarantined myself and it’s likely (at least I hope) that you are also reading this from your home because you have self-quarantined as well. It’s different times we’re living through, isn’t it? But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. I’m here to talk about something a lot more…adorable.
When my husband and I went to stock up on groceries in the event of mandatory quarantines, we also grabbed extra dog food. But what we didn’t grab were some dog treats. And then we actually ran out (bad dog parents)! So I figured, a good activity to keep busy during the day and also benefit our little quarantined fur loves, would be making my own homemade dog treats. I perused around for some ideas online and then gathered up some dog-friendly ingredients and tried it out! I’ll walk you through what I did, but first..the ingredients.
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/5 cup peanut butter (I used a PB Crave Banana Chocolate Chip peanut butter that did not contain theobromine, which is the toxic ingredient in chocolate for dogs)
- one gala apple, shredded
First, whisk together the almond flour and baking soda.
Then, make a little well in the middle of your mixture and add everything but the apples. Mix together until all combined, and then fold in the apple.
Grease down a baking sheet and then pour out the mixture onto it, trying to spread it as evenly as possible. Then pop into an oven that’s been preheated to 325 degrees. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
When you take the pan out, don’t let it cool down too much, because you still want it to be soft enough to cut. Choose your best cookie cutter (luckily, I had one shaped like a dog bone!) and cut out biscuits. As you cut them out, transfer to a piece of parchment paper.
These wound up very squishy and bready, which my dogs really loved, but if you wanted them a little crunchier/biscuitier, just transfer the parchment paper of biscuits to the baking sheet and pop back into the oven at a higher degree for a few minutes. I put mine back in at 450 degrees for 5ish minutes and they came out perfect.
And bonus: my dogs are having the best quarantine of anyone around! LOL
Self-quarantine doesn’t have to be *ruff* with cozy little home-baking moments like this! I have lots more up my sleeve on how to make this Covid-19 season a lot more enjoyable and meaningful for my friends, family and neighbors. So stay tuned for what else I’m getting up to!
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