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Christmas cooking for your favourite canines!

Posted on December 26, 2015: Everyone deserves a treat in the festive season. And if your dog has been on his best behaviour (and even if he’s not, it’s Christmas!) he or she would love to get a yummy surprise.    

And here are some easy, homemade, healthy recipes for Christmas cookies and treats for your dog. They are made of ingredients that are safe for dogs to eat and (we assume) tasty for your dog to eat. You’ll have to try them out on your pet dog or your pack of strays that you feed, gauge their reaction and let us know!

These recipes are meant to be holiday treats for dogs and should be given to them responsibly. Exactly like with ourselves, it is good to indulge your pet once in a while, but these dishes are not good to become regular meals.christmas treats for dogs

Pumpkin Oats Pie

Pumpkin with its essential vitamins is known to be healthy for dogs (and humans alike!). Oats gives them necessary fibre.

You’ll need:

 

  • 2 cups of oats, cooked
  • 2 cups pumpkin, cooked and pureed
  • 1 cup paneer or cottage cheese/haloumi
  • 1 cup coconut milk

 

How to:

I usually cook the oats in the water I use to microwave the pumpkin in. I feel this keeps me from losing any water soluble nutrients. The coconut milk adds the necessary sweetness to this recipe. Mix all the ingredients together to a loose dough consistency. Bake in a greased and dusted pie or cake tin on high for about 15 – 20 minutes or till brown and crusty on top.

Serve with some vanilla ice cream (not too much!) and a touch of cinnamon.

Cucumber – Carrot Butter Sticks

Because of the peanut butter in this treat, this is definitely a once-in-a-while holiday treat.

You’ll need:

 

  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter, unsalted and with no added sugar

 

How to:

Cut the carrots and cucumber into 3-inch long sticks. Smear the peanut butter along the length and serve as treats.

Yogurt pancakes

This is a good option for a holiday breakfast for your darling pooch.

You’ll need:

 

  • 2 cups plain yogurt (preferably homemade)Yogurt pancakes
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or rice flour – Be aware of your dog’s digestive reaction to grains. Some dogs may be allergic or intolerant to whole wheat, but most dogs can eat rice.
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup almond milk

 

How to:

Mix the ingredients well, beat till it becomes a smooth batter. Shallow fry like pancakes on a pan. They should come out springy and soft.

As a treat, you can serve them with a little whipped cream or butter.

Christmas cookies

They are easy to bake and gone just as fast!

You’ll need:

 

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 egg, beaten

 

If you feel like making the cookies look festive and green, you can add about 4 tablespoons of pureed spinach, kale or parsley.

How to:

Mix the ingredients and roll into soft, yet firm dough. Flatten it out with a rolling pin and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter or cut into squares with a knife. Each cookie should be about ½ an inch thick.

Bake on medium to high in a preheated oven for about 25 minutes or till brown, baked through and fragrant.

Serve when cooled.

Enjoy the holiday season with your human and animal friends and family!

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