Healthy Treats For Your Pups

Hey, hey, hey and happy Thursday, one more day until the weekend - you've got this, friends! Yesterday was another research project filled day, but I'm getting closer and closer to submitting to a journal to publish, phewwww. After meeting with two of my previous professors, working on my research project, and working out (I'm on Week 6 of the BBG guide, click HERE to learn more about it) I started on a little baking project for my two favorite gals, Munchkin and Lola (yes, my two favorite girls are my pups), cue the crazy pug lady comments right about....now :)

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Before I get into what I made for them, I wanted to quickly talk about what we had for dinner last night. Nothing super exciting or out of the box, but we had gotten sirloin burgers from Whole Foods over the weekend to have one night this week. BUT instead of getting your typical hamburger buns for them we picked up some whole wheat naan to use instead (props to Papa Ferguson for this idea).

If you're sick of the typical hamburger bun, or you feel like a bun is a bit too much bread for you I would definitely give naan a try next time. I topped my burger with a small slice of cheddar cheese, guacamole (leftover from Taco Tuesday), red onion, and some lettuce with asparagus on the side. It was a winner in my book!

Anyyyyways, as you all know I LOVE my two pugs. They're the cutest, most lovable gals in the world and I love (live) to spoil them, but sometimes it's hard to find treats at the pet store that don't have 10 billion ingredients in them (shoutout to the Science Diet Hill Brand that usually has a pretty good ingredient list). Call me crazy, but as much as I care about what I put in my body, I care just as much about what we're feeding Lola and Munchkin. So, of course I had to try making my pups some homemade treats, and let me tell ya, this recipe from Eating Bird Food is easy-peasy and totally pup approved (although my pugs do eat any food put in front of them haha). 

This recipe for dog treats only has FOUR ingredients: whole wheat flour, chicken stock (I used chicken broth because someone aka me, read the recipe wrong before going out to grab the ingredients, oops, but it worked out fine), creamy peanut butter, and unsweetened applesauce. You'll also need a cute little bone shaped cookie cutter, or whatever cookie cutter you'd like to use!

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Sooo, how do you make these treats for your cute furry friend? Let's break the measurements and steps down. You'll need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock (or broth if you have that on hand)
  • 1 bone shaped cookie cutter
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Combine flour, peanut butter, and unsweetened applesauce in a large mixing bowl. Add chicken broth and stir until well-combined. The dough will be thick. Once combined use your hands to mold the dough into a ball. Place dough on flat surface (sprinkle with flour if necessary) and roll out evenly with a rolling pin. Dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut dough into desired shape and then place on an ungreased baking sheet.  
  3. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Store in an airtight container. 

Since my cookie cutter was a little bit larger, this batch made about 28 treats, which Munch and Lo would gladly devour in one sitting if it were up to them. 

Right after the picture above was snapped, Munch snatched a treat right off the plate, which is why the picture is a tad blurry! While Lo patiently waited until a treat was offered to her...

Aren't they just the cutest? I'm totally not biased or anything. Both of my dogs really do seem to LOVE these treats though, and I bet yours would too! They were so easy to make - they honestly probably took me only 15 minutes to prep (including rolling the dough out and using the cookie cutter). They would also be a great little gift for someone who you know loves their pups - just throw them into a mason jar, put on the cap, and tie with some twine or ribbon! 

Are you as crazy about your furry friends as I am? I would love to hear about what kind of dog or pet you have in the comments! I would also love to know if you try out this recipe - tag me on Instagram with a picture of your pup enjoying his/her treat (username is joyfullyjenna). 

Thanks so much for reading my blog post, it means a lot! Catch ya tomorrow for my favorites of the week :)

Jenna