Kento, like many pugs, has food allergies, so we must be careful with what food/treats we feed him. We decided to try out home-baked treats.
This way, we will know exactly what ingredients are used and the conditions of the environment they were made in. We will know the treats are healthy enough for even human consumption. Of course, time is often very limiting, so there is no way this can be our pugs’ only treat source. It will just be an occasional way we can spoil our pugs even more 🙂
We did some research of healthy ingredients for dog treats. And decided for our first attempt to try a classic combination of apples and cheddar. We will share the recipe we used as well as some nutrition facts, as they pertain to dogs, that we found for each ingredient. Please keep in mind that we are not experts, just sharing our explorations with you.
2 cups Barley Flour
(Barley flour is low in fat and gluten and suggested over white and wheat flour for dogs with allergies. Rice flour is even more hypo-allergenic as it is completely gluten-free, although it is a little more difficult to work with.)
1/2 cup Old-fashioned Rolled Oatmeal
(Rolled oats are good for the digestive system and filled with cholesterol fighting soluble fiber. They are higher in dietary fiber than “Instant” oatmeal.)
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
(Cheese is a source of calcium and protein. However, dogs should only eat small amounts of dairy as they can be lactose intolerant. This intolerance can increase with age.)
4 oz. Cream Cheese
(Certain amounts of fats are necessary to keep the body running smoothly, just like for humans. Moderation is the key.)
(Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Protein should make up the majority of a dog’s diet.)
1 Egg White
1 cup unsweetened Applesauce
(Apples are a source of vitamin C and fiber, and are thought to be protective against some types of cancers. However, apple seeds can be poisonous to a dog as they contain cyanide.)
* Preheat oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients by hand.
Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface, 1/4 in. thick, and cut with cookie cutter of your choice.
You can imprint names and other designs on the cutouts with a toothpick.
Place cut-outs on prepared cookie sheet, if desired brush with egg whites (for smoother, golden brown finish), and bake for 20 – 25 mins, until the cheddar cheese starts to bubble. Cool and refrigerate.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen medium sized treats (Amount will vary depending on size of cookie cutter used.)
Anxious pug watching us while making treats…
“Let’s eat!!!” (by Kento & Moka)
Ohhhhhh ♥ ♥ ♥
Kento was a tiny bit faster than Moka.
“It became small… but still smells good :D”
We gave them a few more pieces.
They were very excited and kept asking for more 😀