Valentine’s Day is all about love!
We express our love to our beloved, family and friends by showering them with small trinkets of gifts and compliments.
The same goes for our pets. They are special and shower us with unconditional love.
So, this Valentine’s Day shower your furry friend with love by indulging them in some of the following treats
1. Peanut Butter biscuit treat
What can go wrong with a classic peanut butter biscuit? On top of being tasty, peanut butter also contains a good source of protein and healthy fats. If you are buying a peanut butter treat or making one yourself make sure that it does not contain xylitol. This is an “all-natural” sugar-substitute found in peanut butter, though xylitol is safe for people, it’s deadly to dogs (even in small amounts).
Here is a simple recipe you can try at home.
- 3 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Beat together peanut butter and eggs. Gradually beat in oil and water until it is well-mixed.
- In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine flour, oats, and cornmeal. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and blend well to form a dough.
- Roll out the dough to approx. 1/4″ thickness and shape them according to your preference or cut them into squares.
- Place on lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving about 1/2 inch between biscuits. Bake for 20 minutes until browned. Turn off oven, but leave the biscuits inside to “crisp”. Once the biscuits have hardened, remove them and your classic peanut butter biscuit is done.
2. Leftover trail mix
The Trail mix of any sort is a treat. Here is an easy trail mix recipe that you can try at home. Combine any leftover ingredient that your dog might love and pack them as trail mix. Store the mixer and treat them when you go out for an evening walk.
- Pieces of meat (All kind of meat can be used but make sure it is not seasoned and contains no flavoring)
- Vegetables (no onions)
- Fruit (no grapes or raisins)
- Cut ingredients into ½ inch thick pieces
- Spray lightly with cooking spray and place into a 200 degree preheated oven until it is dried.
- Remove the dried ingredients and mix them together to form a trail mix.
- Store them in an airtight container and Voila! Your trail mix is ready.
3. Healthy pumpkin balls
Another classic ingredient that is not only delicious but is also filled with fiber, vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, and iron is the classic all-time favorite Pumpkin. These pumpkin balls are very easy to make and are sure to make your furry friend wag their tails for more.
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 4 tbsp molasses
- 4 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water together in a bowl. Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon to the mixture and stir until dough softens.
- Scoop out small spoonfuls of dough and roll into balls on your hands (apply a little bit of oil or wet your hands, this makes it easy to roll)
- Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork
- Bake approximately 25 minutes until dough is hardened. Store them in an airtight container and treat your pet anytime.