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A Year's Worth of Holiday Treats For Pets


We’ve made it easy for you to prepare Holiday treats for your pets and for gift giving. You’ll find recipes for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter & Passover, Memorial & Independence days, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Winter Holidays.

For Valentine’s Day It’s Red Velvet Pupcakes

Here’s a special treat for that someone in your life who always gives you unconditional love; your dog.

Red Velvet Pupcakes

Adapted from Kaboose.com


Red velvet is all the rage in the world of cupcakes these days. So why not try these crimson-hued beauties on your best friend? Beet juice gives them their color, and whole-wheat flour gives them fiber. The cottage cheese icing helps make these trendy treats a balanced meal.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup beet puree or fresh beet juice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a six-cup muffin tin with muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together oil, applesauce, and beet puree.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
  4. Slowly stir flour mixture into the wet ingredients.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin cups to three-quarters full and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Remove cupcakes from the pan and cool on a rack.
  7. In the bowl of a food processor, puree cottage cheese until smooth, about 30 seconds. Keep frosting refrigerated until cupcakes are completely cool. Frost and serve.

St. Patrick’s Day Kitty Treats

Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats

Recipe by Sarah Lipoff - PopSugar Pets


Photo Credit: PopSugar Pets

This crunchy treat is filled with healthy spinach and chicken, and a bit of organic catnip to make your favorite feline extra happy.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound steamed organic boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup fresh organic spinach leaves
  • 1 cup organic quick-cooking oats
  • 1 organic brown egg
  • 1 tablespoon organic catnip
  • 1/4 cup flour

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Steam the boneless and skinless chicken thighs until cooked through. You can swap for boneless and skinless organic chicken breasts, salmon, or tuna with cat-loving results too. Let the chicken cool for 20 minutes before the next step.
  2. Place the chicken, oats, spinach leaves, egg, and catnip in a blender or food processor, and pulse on low until the mixture blends together. It should still be a bit chunky but also smooth, (similar to the texture of wet sand).
  3. Pop the mixture into a bowl and add the flour. You can also add a dash of salt or sugar to mix up the flavor. Use your hands to knead the dough until it's no longer sticky, then place on a flour-dusted work surface.
  4. Use a rolling pin to create a rectangle of dough around 1/2 inch thick. With the help of a pizza cutter or small cookie cutter, create small shapes for the finished treats.
  5. Place the kitty treats on a parchment-lined sheet tray, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool to room temperature, and then toss to your cat.

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail- Easter & Passover Dog Treats

Carrot & Oat Dog Biscuits

Recipe from Foodpluswords.com


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup coarsely ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, with a rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine and form a thick dough.
  4. Flour a wooden cutting board or similar surface well, and turn the dough out onto the board.
  5. Sprinkle flour on top of the dough and onto a rolling pin, and roll the dough to approximately 1/4"-1/2" thickness. Be sure to use plenty of flour, as this dough is very sticky!

When the dough is rolled out, dip a bone-shaped cookie cutter (or any other shape you like) into flour and cut out the biscuits.

  1. Transfer the cutout biscuits to the prepared sheet pan, leaving about 1/4" of an inch between each treat. These don't spread out, so you can fit upwards of 40 onto a baking sheet at a time.
  2. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  3. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the biscuits to cool completely.
  4. Transfer the biscuits to an airtight container, where they will keep at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Note: You can freeze any leftover dough, too! Just wrap it well with plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe zip-top plastic bag. The dough will keep in the freezer for up to a year. When you're ready to use the frozen dough, simply transfer the still-wrapped dough from the freezer to the fridge and allow it to thaw overnight before using.

Memorial & Independence Day Ice Pops

Recipe from Heather Baird’s Etsy Journal

Summer Ice Pops for Pups


Ingredients

1 large banana, frozen2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, without salt or sugar added2 tablespoons honey17.6 oz. container plain Greek nonfat yogurtPlastic dog bones or sturdy edible dog chews

Instructions

  1. Cut the frozen banana into pieces and place it in a blender. Add the peanut butter and honey. Blend on high speed for three minutes or until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the yogurt and blend for three minutes more or until the mixture is thick and smooth like a milkshake
  3. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds or small disposable cups. You can also use an ice cube tray to make single servings.
  4. If desired, use nylon dog bones or sturdy dog chews as ice pop sticks.
  5. Place the dog bones upright into the middle of the mixture in the disposable cups. It should be thick enough for the bones to stand upright without help, but if the bones lean, crumple aluminum foil around the top so they are anchored in place.
  6. Transfer the cups to a baking sheet and place in the freezer until solid, about two hours.
  7. To unmold the pops, dip the bottoms of the cups into a bowl of hot water for 2-4 seconds.

 

Serve immediately. Store leftovers covered in the freezer.

Note: Pet owners with dogs that are sensitive to lactose or with food allergies should consult their veterinarians before serving this treat to their pets. Puppy ice pops are an occasional treat and should not be used as a meal replacement.

Halloween Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Recipe from Mary Andrews –17Apart

Yummy, Chewy Sweet Potato Treats Made in Your Oven


Ingredients

  1. Large sweet potatoes
  2. Mandoline or sharp knife
  3. Cutting Board
  4. Baking Sheets
  5. Aid of your choosing for greasing the pans
  6. Oven

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to lowest setting; ours went all the way down to 175 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, slice one top off sweet potatoes to make for easier balancing when slicing. Carefully cut thick lengthwise slices of the sweet potato using a sharp knife or mandolin slicer, about 1/3 inch thick for larger chews (we went with the crinkle cut setting on our mandoline and chose to leave the skin on). Trust me, you want them thick when dehydrating, the slices are going to lose much of their thickness.
  3. We let ours slowly cook and dehydrate over a period of about 8 hours, give or take. The higher your heat setting, the less amount of time you will need, though the lower the setting and longer the time, the better the overall outcome.
  4. You can take your dehydrated chips out of the oven when they have reached your desired doneness; less amount of time for softer/chewier treats and a longer amount of time for dryer and tougher treats. We opted for longer and turned our oven off when they were almost fully dry to the touch. They were still a tad moist and pliable at that point so we just let them sit in the oven turned off overnight — the next morning they were perfect.

A Thanksgiving Feast for Pets

Recipe from Chef Robert Semrow

Click Chef Robert to watch his video on making this delicious healthy pet treat

Quick, Easy and Healthy Turkey Loaf


Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs.- Ground Turkey
  • 1 Cup - Chopped Kale
  • 1 Cup - Chopped Carrots
  • 1 Cup - 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 Cup - Ground Flax Seed

Directions

1. Combine ingredients in bowl and mix well.

2. Scoop into loaf pan

3. Cook them at 350 degrees for between 15 - 18 minutes (depending on the size of loaf).

Winter Holiday Dog Treats

Recipe by Lindsay-My Baking Addiction

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain-free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten-free flour
  • 3 tablespoons of all natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

NOTE: 1/2 teaspoon of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional. Cinnamon is fine to use in recipes for dogs, however do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that could contain nutmeg. It is toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can make them sick.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
  4. Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using a cookie cutter.
  5. The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling pin will help! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.