Nowadays there seems to be a holiday or day for everything, right? This day however is one that we will totally be in support of. I mean who doesn’t love an excuse to spoil their floof just that little bit extra?!

The day itself though is somewhat of a mystery. Nobody knows exactly where or how the day came to be, but we are happy it did. According to a quick Google search, James Spratt was the world’s first large-scale manufacturer of dog biscuits in 1860, they were called “Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes”.

So enough of a history lesson, let’s get back to the fun stuff. Treating our pets. We know that store-bought dog treats can contain a lot of sugar, this is done to make them more palatable to your pets, so they are more eager to eat them. Don’t get us wrong, this is not a bad thing. They are yummy for our pets but like us with sweet treats, too many are not a good idea when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s all about balance.

We have found two quick and easy recipes of scrumptious treats to try to make at home. your best friend will be more than happy with the results, this much we can promise you!

Frozen Banana & Peanut Butter bites – Great for a hot summer’s day!

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter – Unsweetened is the better option to use.
  • ice trays or silicone moulds to set them in.

Method:

  1. Peel and slice your bananas.
  2. Freeze banana slices.
  3. Put frozen banana slices in a food processor and blend. You will need to scrape down the sides a few times. It will get thick and sticky.
  4. Keep blending until it smooths out into soft serve banana ice cream.
  5. Add peanut butter and mix well.
  6. Separate into 3-4 cups and freeze.

 

Carrot & Apple Cookie Crunch

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup red apple, shredded
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  2. Mix the flour, carrots, apple, and chicken broth in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  3. Using a rolling pin, flatten out the dough, and then use a cookie cutter to cut your desired shape.
  4. Bake them for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  5. After your dog gets one, refrigerate the rest of the biscuits so they last longer.

We would love to hear how your furkids enjoyed these treats, or feel free to share some other amazing recipes that you have tried too.

Happy dog biscuit appreciation day 🙂