Why yes, in this picture, Tazewell is staring with intent at an Apple & Carrot Bundle while wearing a bandana.*
And in this picture, he is staring at me, trying to be such a good boy, because he knows what is on the tray above him. Also, I’m holding a treat in front of the camera and begging him in a high-pitched voice to please just sit and look at the camera.
I did not know what to expect from this experimental recipe, but judging by how difficult it was to take a still picture of Tazz while I held a treat in front of him, these Apple & Carrot Bundles are VERY GOOD.
As it turns out, Tazz’s treat bucket was down to odds and ends. Also, while it looks like a decent variety, I don’t want to talk about how old everything in the bucket is. Poor guy!
I had some extra apples and carrots in the fridge and know that both are good for dogs, so I decided I wanted to combine them in a treat somehow. This recipe is very easy. Just wash and grate one large carrot (leave the peel on), and do the same for a medium-sized apple. I only had to grate about 3/4 of my apple slices to get an equally-sized pile of gratings. Mix the wet ingredients, and stir in the dry. You and your pup are on your way to home made treats!
I am not even making this up: Tazz will not eat treats that are too hot (or too cold). My little Goldilocks. So, in honor of Tazz, let the treats cool a bit before you feed them to your pup. Because they are made with fresh ingredients and this recipe does not bake in to a hard treat, store them in an airtight bucket or ziplock bag, in the fridge. These bundles would freeze well, too.
- 1 egg
- ⅓ c vegetable oil
- 1 large carrot, shredded (you can leave the peel on)
- 1 medium apple, shredded (try to get an amount equal to how much carrot you have) (you can leave the peel on)
- 1 c whole wheat flour
- .5 c rolled oats
- Heat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg and oil.
- Stir in the carrot and apple until distributed.
- Stir in the flour until distributed.
- Stir in the oats until distributed.
- Tightly pack one tablespoon-ful of the batter into a small cookie scoop, and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
- Repeat until all the batter is used.
- Bake until cooked through and a little dry, about 20 minutes.
- Once cool, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
* As a rule, I don’t dress my dog, but he had a bath recently and the groomer put this blue bandana on him. He looked so handsome that I have been thinking that maybe that rule was made to be broken.
Adapted from: http://reluctantentertainer.com/2013/12/how-to-make-apple-carrot-dog-biscuits/
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