At Easter time we all tuck into our chocolate eggs and hot cross buns but our poor doggies are left out. Why not include them in the festivities and make some dog-friendly Easter treats! Here are a couple of recipes you can try out for your pooch:
Easter Carrot Biscuits
You will need the following ingredients:
- 100 grams of grated carrots
- 100 grams of dry dog food
- 2 jars of beef baby food (small jars)
- 115 ml of plain non-fat yoghurt
- 280 grams of wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- Put the dog food in a blender and grind to a fine powder
- You can also put the carrots in the blender if you wish
- In a large bowl, mix the ground dog food, carrots, yoghurt and baby food and blend well
- Add the baking powder to the mixture and mix
- Once these are mixed well, slowly add the wheat flour
- Knead with your hands for three to five minutes
- The dough will be chunky if you chose not to blend the carrots
- On a flat, floured surface, roll out the dough to the desired thickness
- Using Easter biscuit cutters, cut out shapes and place them on a greased baking tray
- Bake at 200°C for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown
Doggy Easter Eggs
You will need:
- 200g mashing potatoes (e.g. King Edwards)
- 25ml milk
- 150g carob
- 100g peanuts, chopped
- 75g carrots, grated
- Used, empty egg boxes
- Peel, wash and chop the potatoes, then bring to the boil and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes until cooked.
- While the potatoes are cooking, melt the carob in a bain-marie over a pot of simmering water. Constantly stir the carob – do not let it burn.
- When the potatoes are fully cooked, drain them and mash them thoroughly with a splash of milk.
- When fully mashed, fold the grated carrots and the chopped peanuts into the potatoes until they are fully mixed together. Add the melted carob and mix until the mash turns a milk-chocolate brown colour.
- Wait for the mixture to partially cool for 10 – 15 minutes. While you are waiting, lightly grease the egg boxes.
- When the potato mixture is cool enough to touch, take a small amount and gently roll it into a ball or egg shape. Don’t worry if the mixture is a bit sloppy at this stage.
- Once each egg is complete, lay it to rest in your greased egg box. When you have finished rolling out your eggs, store them in the fridge for four hours to set, then serve them to your dog.
Carrot mini muffins
You will need:
- 3 medium carrots, grated
- 225 ml of sugar free apple sauce
- 2 eggs
- 115 ml milk
- 210 grams whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Half a tablespoon of baking powder
- Muffin cases
- Preheat oven to 180°C (gas mark 4) and put the mini-muffin cases in the muffin tray or on a baking tray
- In a medium bowl, mix the grated carrots, apple sauce, eggs and milk and set aside
- In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, cinnamon and baking powder
- Once mixed together well, add the wet carrot mixture to the flour mixture and stir
- Spoon the cupcake batter into the muffin cases so that they are half or two thirds full
- Bake them for 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
- Leave them to cool for 5 minutes then remove them from the tray
This makes 4 dozen mini-muffins
Enjoy Easter and let your dog enjoy it too by trying out these Easter treats for dogs!
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