My boss’s family adopted a beautiful border collie x lab mix over the holidays. They named her Qora, which means “black” in Uzbek. She had given birth shortly before being picked up by the SPCA, and this little girl was so skinny! In addition to a nutritious diet, I figured she could use some special treats made with healthy fats.
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
2 small granny smith apples with peels on, but cores removed
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened and unsalted peanut butter
1/2 cup water or chicken stock
3 tbsp olive oil
Grind flax seeds in a food processor. Remove the cores from your apples (the seeds of apples are poisonous to dogs), and puree in the same food processor. You should end up with about 1 cup of blitzed apple. Place all ingredients into a mixer and combine thoroughly.
Roll your dough out into 1/2 inch sheet and cut into the desired shapes.
Bake at 350 for 25 min.
Store in fridge or freeze.
These cookies are really high-value (blurry photo evidence of Qora’s excitement above!), but remember that since they’re higher in fat content, you’ll want to limit the number of treats you give your pups.
You might not think these biscuits smell like daisies, but Truffle begs to differ!
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup water or chicken broth
170g cooked chicken liver (about 3/4 cup)
Rinse raw chicken liver in cold water. In a pot or pan, add enough water to cover livers, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10-15 min. Let cool.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
In a food processor, blend your cooked chicken liver with olive oil. Add this pate and your wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and bring together by hand or with a stand mixer until you have a ball of cookie dough.
Roll out your dough to about a 1/2 inch thickness, and go to town with your chosen cookie cutter.
Bake on parchment paper or on a greased cookie sheet at 375F. for 20 min. You can go up to 30 if using a large cookie cutter or if you want a harder biscuit. I personally like dog treats I can break into smaller pieces without crumbling.
After the biscuits have cooled, store in fridge for up to a week, or freeze.
DOG REVIEW: Office dog Cosmo gave these biscuits 2 paws up and a “Can I have another please?” face!
I like giving out homemade treats when Truffle makes friends at dog parks. We met Luca at Point Isabel last month. His owner Roko took this nice photo of one of my Braunschweiger and Oat Shepherd Biscuits. We’ve run into each other a few times since then, and Roko said she broke off little pieces of the shepherd biscuit to keep for when Luca needed a high-value treat. She refers to us as the “high-value couple” — what a compliment! I’ll be posting that recipe later, so stay tuned!