Sunday, November 8, 2009
Apple Cheese Dog Treats
The problem I have with store bought dog biscuits, is that not only are they expensive, but they are mostly flour. I don't want to pay that much for flour, so all my dog biscuit recipes have flour but they aren't 90% flour, they are much less.
These dog treats are great, the key ingredient is the nutritional yeast. I know yeast? I think you can use brewers yeast too - I just never have. Where to find and buy nutritional yeast? I get mine at the co-op, but on-line is another great resource, its reasonably priced. Nutritional yeast is very cheese like in its taste and smell (for not actually being cheese) and is super healthy for people and dogs!
These treats are healthy and yummy.
1 cup no sugar added applesauce
1 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4-1/2 cup of finely shredded or graded cheese
2 cups of rice flour (add a little more or less to make sure the dough isn't to sticky)
Mix together the apple sauce and flax seed, let sit for a minute then add the rest of the ingredients roll into balls and smoosh with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 250 for several hours, all these dog cookies cook the same way low heat more time, so if you want to be done sooner, just cook at 300F but they will be more like regular cookies, soft on the inside. I usually cook them at 300F for at least an hour and then leave them in the warm oven over night.
Optionally you can add a TBLS of alpha powder, to make it even healthier (and green).
P.S. The picture above is the nutritional yeast.