If you couldn’t gather from the paw print-embedded cookies, this post is about pets. Some people aren’t animal people, and I totally get that. So if animals aren’t your thing, hold tight until the next post which I promise will be decidedly human-related. But for the rest of you, I have a special treat. Those of you who follow me on instagram know that I have a love that borders on obsessions for my pets, Gabel and Sequoia. Gabel, a giant orange male tabby with a tendency towards brooding and introspection, has been with me since my junior year of college and Seqouia, a Beagle-Chihuahua mix who is excited about pretty much everything all the time, was a recent addition who joined the family this past November. I love them more than is probably reasonable, and since the way I show love best is through food, I decided to make my little friends some savory treats.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
It was interesting to make something for a non-human, given that I usually taste as I go along and this method did not hold well to dog and cat treats since, well, they have much different taste preferences than humans (Sequoia is immediately attracted to anything with a rotting/decomposing scent. Delightful!) But I used ingredients that my little guys have shown a fondness for in the past (bacon and cheddar being popular favorite for both species, I have caught Gabel licking many a cheese wedge), along with oat flour since it’s easier for their stomachs to digest than regular wheat flour.

For the dog biscuits I used pumpkin and flax to bring some nutritional value to the biscuits, and crispy little pieces of bacon to make the taste worthwhile, and for the cat crisps I used cheddar to draw them in and tuna and parsley to provide a bit of greenery and protein. The treats were quite the success, and it felt really good to know exactly what was in the niblets I was feeding them. Also, I’ll just say it, the dog biscuits are adorable and I could have stared at them for a good long while going awwwwwwwww. I mean, seriously, look at them. Also, the face below. Awwwwwwwwwww.

My first picture of Sequoia, when she was still at the shelter

If you’re thinking about getting a dog or a cat, I cannot encourage you enough to visit your local animal shelter. There are a wide variety of amazing animals that just need to be given a chance, and can bring you just as much joy as a purebred could. And if you’re an existing pet owner, just a friendly reminder to get your pet spayed or neutered if you haven’t already (it’s spay/neuter awareness month, after all!) Overcrowding in shelters is a result of owners not spaying their pets, and if the cost of the operation is an issue, your local animal shelter will know of veterinary offices nearby that are flexible about payment.

My main man, Sir Gabelton McFluffernutter, in his usual dignified repose.

Also! My dear friend and professional treat-maker Kimmy has kindly offered to do a giveaway of her delicious line of dog biscuits, Luna’s Canine Crunchies. The giveaway includes an assortment of her finest protein-filled Power Bars, Beggin’ For Bacon, and Sweet Like a Potatobiscuits. All of her savory biscuits are made from scratch and largely use locally-souced ingredients from here in Southern California. To enter the giveaway, use the rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on March 5th and is open to all residents of the globe. Best of luck, friends!

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Pumpkin Bacon & Flax Dog Biscuits + Tuna & Cheddar Cat Crisps

Author Eva Kosmas Flores

Ingredients

Pumpkin Bacon & Flax Dog Biscuits

  • 1 and 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons flax
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 strips bacon fried and broken into roughly 1/4 inch square pieces

Tuna & Cheddar Cat Crisps

  • 12 ounces tuna canned in water & drained
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 and 3/4 cups oat flour

Instructions

  1. To make the dog biscuits, mix together the flour, flax, and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl until well blended. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, water, and olive oil until smooth. Add the flour mixture and bacon bits and stir until just blended.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take about 1 tablespoon of the dough and roll it into a ball in your hands. Press it flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so that it is about 1/2 inch thick. Take your pinky finger and press into the center of the biscuit to create the base of the paw, then use a pen cap to gently indent three circles at the top of the biscuit to make the toes. Repeat this process until you have used all of the dough. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool completely before giving your pup a treat.
  3. These will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
  4. To make the cat crisps, puree the tuna, egg, and vegetable oil in a blender or food processor until a relatively smooth paste forms. Stir in the cheddar and parsley until they're evenly distributed throughout the mixture, then add the oat flour and mix until it is just blended.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 1-inch wide strips, and then cut the strips into 1-inch squares. Place each square on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat this process until you have used up all of the dough.
  6. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Allow the treats to cool completely before removing them form the pan and giving them to your kitty.
  7. These will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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