Babz Bites: Homemade Pet Treats

Chef Babz Goldman
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As human beings we need affection. There’s a comfort in literally feeling love, needed by all. It’s a common bond between humans regardless of our walk of life, age, sex, or even nationality. That comfort can come from places we least expect or ask for it. There’s a feeling of hope in a pat on the back, a hug, or even an affectionate paw on your hand, or furry lick on your cheek.

Shortly before I quit my previous day job and became a chef full-time, I ran a chiropractic clinic. Although ultimately not my calling, in some ways it was my dream job. I love helping people feel healthier in a natural way, from the inside out. An easy way I was able to assist in this healing was through my little Bichon Frise, Bell Goldman.

A therapy dog, Bell went to work with me every day. She took her job seriously, and went patient to patient giving wiggles and kisses. Bell just saw love. She could’ve cared less how old, short, tall, young, beautiful, ugly, maybe a little stinky or maybe a little sweet, anyone was. It always amazed me how she tuned into someone who maybe had lost a loved one or even were simply having a rough day. That’s when we need affection the most and we don’t even know it. A person’s entire demeanor or mood, could change after five minutes with that little ball of fluff.

Animals have an unconditional love and even a sixth sense about them, that we don’t normally find in most humans. When given the opportunity to spoil us with their love, they don’t miss a beat. One of my favorite ways to spoil my furry friends is with homemade treats. Today I have included two of my favorite easy ingredient pet biscuit recipes. This is a great way to spoil the light in your life, or a wonderful gift when going to a friend or relative’s house. Even more so, you know what ingredients are going into the treat. It amazes me the ingredients list that can go into store-bought treats. Many times these are things I wouldn’t want to put in a human body, let alone an animal. Today’s treats are great for pets with allergies or training treats. Don’t limit the treats to only for cats or only for dogs. A lot of dogs love salmon, and some cats love peanut butter.

Good luck and enjoy!

Homemade Salmon Kitty Treats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

(Quantity depends on cookie cutter size. These may be frozen, but if kept out Don’t keep for more than two weeks).

10 oz canned salmon, undrained

1 egg, (farm fresh it you can), beaten

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cookie cutter of your choice, (if you can find a fish, they make it a little extra fun)

Place salmon in food processor (pulse setting) or chop very fine. Move to a standing mixer, or mix by hand and add egg and flour. A ball of dough will begin to form. If too dry, add a little bit of water slowly. If to wet, add a little more flour. You don’t want dough to be sticky.

Sprinkle a little flour down on a cutting board or clean surface and place dough on to. Roll with a lightly sprinkled rolling pin until dough is about 1/4 of an inch thick. Begin to cut dough with cookie cutter.

Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for at least 20 minutes. Result should be beautiful golden brown cookies with a nice crunch. Allow to cool and serve immediately. Your pet will be ready.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

(Quantity depends on cookie cutter size. When I use a mini bone cookie cutter I can easily make over a hundred. These can be frozen, or even kept in a mason jar.)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce or mashed bananas (I love to use a little bit of both.)

1/4 cup broth/stock (veg/chicken/or beef….but use the real thing, don’t cut this corner and use a quick cube. Your pet doesn’t need all that sodium or MSG.)

1 cookie cutter of your choice, or even the bottom of a small cup if you don’t have any.

Combine all ingredients except broth. Once thoroughly blended, add broth/stock. Mix until well blended. The result will be a thick dough. Start to use your hands and press into a ball of dough.

Sprinkle a little flour down on a cutting board or clean surface and place dough on to. Roll with a lightly sprinkled rolling pin until dough is about 1/4 of an inch thick. Begin to cut dough with cookie cutter.

Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Result should be beautiful golden brown cookies. Store in an air tight container, but serve one or two, or three immediately. Depends how many pets you have.

The recipes and photos used in todays article are from the kitchen of Chef Babz with a little help from her favorite furry friend Bell. Today’s article is dedicated to Bell Goldman. Bell died May 12, after spoiling Babz with sixteen years of countless kisses and sweet fluffy smiles.

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Chef Babz Goldman