I decided to make my best friends a bit of a treat. My best friends, Willow and Fergus, just happen to be four-legged and furry.
Sure there are plenty of dog biscuits you can buy, but most of them are made with wheat flour, which is something I’m trying to keep out of Willow’s diet as much as possible. I wanted to make something that would be tasty (to them), nutritious and also start reintroducing Willow to the taste of turmeric. I want to start giving her turmeric for her arthritis again, and while she used to eat it quite happily she’s not keen on it at the moment.
They are both big fans of pumpkin, so that seemed like a good basis for the biscuit. The rest of the ingredients were chosen primarily for their nutritional value, except the Braggs and maple syrup which are there for flavour. Not that the small amounts I’ve used are discernible in the finished product, but they soften the taste of the turmeric.
I gave them both a tiny bit of raw dough to try, Willow was quite enthusiastic but Fergus turned his nose up at it, so I was a bit concerned he wouldn’t like the finished product. I was wrong. Both dogs came investigating after I took them out of the oven, and happily ate a couple each once they were cool enough. Once they were completely cooled I stored them in an airtight container, and both pups were still enthusiastic about them the next day. I did try one myself, and while not unpleasant I did find it pretty bland.
Do you make treats for your animals? What do they like?
Pumpkin, Oat & Turmeric Dog Biscuits
1 cup mashed pumpkin
4 tsp turmeric (you might want to use less if your pup hasn’t had it before)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp Braggs liquid aminos
2 tbsp savoury yeast flakes
2 tbsp tahini
2 tsp maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
¼ freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 cup lentil flour (or other flour, preferably not wheat based)
Combine the wet ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl combine the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix together thoroughly.
The mixture is sticky, so use spoons or be prepared to have your hands coated in it. Place balls of the mixture on baking sheet line with baking paper and cook for 15-20 minutes at 200°C. Makes around 20.