Most commercial dog foods contain dangerous chemicals, animal by-products, fillers, preservatives and an endless list of unpronounceable ingredients. Your best friend deserves better, and the simple, all-natural recipes in The Healthy Hound Cookbook (Adams Media, 2014) will make it easy to create healthy meals for your favorite canine. The following excerpt “Dehydrated Juice Pulp Treats,” from Chapter 7, provides a recipe for grain-free dog treats using leftover pulp from fruit and vegetables.
In the last few years, numerous dog deaths and illnesses have been attributed to tainted jerky chews made with ingredients from China. There’s absolutely no need to put your dog’s health or your own peace of mind at risk, though, because it’s super easy to make your own healthy jerky and chews for your dog. You’ll know just how the chews were prepared, and you’ll know they were created with human-grade ingredients.
Homemade jerky chews also have the advantage of letting you customize the thickness and chewiness of the chew based on your own dog. If you have a senior who is missing some teeth, create a softer chew. If you’re sharing your home with a young chewing machine, create a tougher chew. Even better—you can make them all for a fraction of the price you’d pay for chews in the store.
Dehydrated Juice Pulp Dog Treats Recipe
Looking for a way to use the pulp left after juicing your favorite fruits and vegetables? Turn them into irresistible treats for your pooch!
• 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup sunflower seeds, chopped peanuts, or your dog’s favorite nuts
• 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
• 4 cups pulp from dog-safe fruits and vegetables
1. Soak ground flaxseed in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain.
2. Preheat oven to lowest setting. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
3. Mix flaxseed, seeds or nuts, molasses, and pulp, then spread on parchment-lined cookie sheets to about 1/4” thickness.
4. Bake sheets for about 12 hours until treats are crunchy and dry.
5. Cool completely before serving or storing. Store in the refrigerator for 5 days or freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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Excerpted from The Healthy Hound Cookbook: Over 125 Easy Recipes for Healthy, Homemade Dog Food: Including Grain-Free, Paleo, and Raw Recipes! Copyright © 2014 by Paris Permenter and John Bigley and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.