Homemade Dog Biscuits

I have a juicer and I used to juice a lot of fruits and vegetables, but now I mostly make [variations of] carrot apple juice.  One day, looking at all the pulp that you would normally just throw away [and I hate wasting food – I find uses for the stalks and leaves on everything], I thought “I should feed that to the boys” because they love carrots and apples [especially fresh off the tree on an early Fall walk].  No surprise, they went nuts for the stuff!  I started mixing it with their kibble for dinner, and then I also had the brilliant idea to use it as the base for some homemade dog biscuits.

Take the time to make some biscuits for your dog.  You will feel good knowing exactly what has gone into them.  You can use any combination of the below ingredients, mixing until you have a consistency similar to cookie dough.  You can’t screw these up – your dog will LOVE the biscuits (and you) no matter what healthy ingredients you choose.

Carrot
Apple, unsweetened Applesauce
Potato, Sweet Potato
Peas, Green Beans, Celery, Zucchini, etc. (my boys love most veggies & some fruit – apples, bananas, berries)
Egg
Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan, Cottage Cheese
Ground Peanuts or Almonds
Sunflower, Peanut or Almond Butter
Oats, Oat Bran, Flax Meal, Barley
Brown Rice Flour, Potato Flour, Amaranth Flour (I avoid white, wheat and corn flours)
Cooked Brown Rice or leftover pasta
Bacon, Bacon Fat, Chicken Schmaltz, Olive Oil, Butter
Liver, Giblets
A smidge of Honey or Molasses
Cinnamon, Rosemary, Parsley, Mint

Always avoid: chocolate (all caffeine) raisins/grapes, onions/garlic
*some recipes use garlic, but we avoid it because we read that just like onions, it contains thiosulphate and dogs lack the enzyme to digest this.

The ASPCA has some good information on their page:
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expert-poison-control/people-foods.aspx

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RECIPE
This morning I made Homemade Dog Biscuits with the following ingredients:
Yield: 20 biscuits

3 large carrots
2 apples
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup sunflower butter
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup flax meal

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Process the carrots and apples through a juicer.  Drink the juice yourself, and scoop the pulp scraps out into a bowl to start your dog biscuits.  Add beaten egg and nut butter and mix until combined.  Add oat bran, oats and flax and mix.  Shape into walnut-sized balls, flatten and arrange on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 40 minutes, flipping biscuits mid-way through. (You want to bake them long enough to toast them up and dry them out.)

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