Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
Original recipes from thepoop.com and littlepawspetclub.blogspot.com The number of treats this recipe makes depends on the size of the cutouts. *** Note: Regarding garlic and dogs: Many dogs enjoy the taste of garlic and it's a natural flea repellent. A small bit of cooked garlic should not be toxic. However, according to the American Animal Hospital Association, raw and spoiled garlic is toxic and potentially fatal to dogs. Consult with your veterinarian before using and use in small quantities.***
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 (6 ounce) can tuna in vegetable oil or 1 (6 ounce) canflaked turkey, undrained
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄3 cup water
- Using a food processor or blender, grind oatmeal until it becomes a coarse flour.
- Remove to a small bowl and reserve.
- Place tuna or turkey in processor and oil and blend.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, including the oatmeal, and pulse until mixture forms a ball.
- Continue to pulse for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Knead on a floured surface until a soft ball is formed.
- Roll out to 1/8 " to 1/4 " thickness.
- Cut into whatever shapes you prefer.
- Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for 20 to 25 minutes at 350°F.
- Cool completely.
I had a 5.25 oz salmon and BBQ sauce foil pack I found in the back of the pantry - way out of date, but seemed to be fine. Wasn't quite enough and no oil, so I also added an egg. I also softened, then heated 1 tsp gelatin in the water. You definitely can't mix this in the blender. Pulverized the oatmeal and then the salmon and egg, put in a bowl and mixed with my hands. Rolled out between 2 sheets of waxed paper to about 1/4",cut in 1/4" strips, then 1/4" strips crosswise for little cubes. I thought about going to look to see if we still had the playdoh extruder from when the kids were little. Cooked at 350 20 minutes then left in the still warm, turned-off oven for about an hour until they were little bricks. The dogs, of course, loved these.
Found this recipe while searching for healthy, homemade dog treats. So many in the store are just fillers and preservatives. Unfortunately this recipe calls for the use of corn, which is a very common allergen. Many dogs--including my Bailey--can't digest corn. I would be wary of using this recipe and talk to your vet first before introducing corn in your dog's diet.
Well, my whole house now smells like tuna, but I think it was worth it. My dog seems to really love these, the smell alone drove her insane while I was baking these. I don't recommend using a blender to mix everything together, doesn't work. Use a food processor, or your good old fashioned hands (after pureeing the tuna of course). I used a shot glass to make about 60 small round treats. Let's see how long these last! Update: Made a double batch of turkey. I actually got 165 shot glass/loonie size treats...great deal! This time I used my hand mixer to grind the oatmeal, puree turkey and mix most of it together until it got too hard and mixed the rest by hand.