Monday, 21 August 2017
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{RECIPE} Naturally Golden Turmeric Star Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog begging for star shaped homemade dog treat

Turmeric powder gives these sour cream and chicken treats a gorgeous all-natural golden colour (perfect for stars) and adds some doggone great smell/taste to the mix as well. My dogs love turmeric (cue the drool) which make me pretty happy too since it's full of healthy goodness - especially for our ageing senior.  

Naturally Golden Turmeric Star Dog Treats 

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1/3 cup low fat sour cream (or thick-style low fat plain yogurt)
1/4 cup of homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock
2 tbsp turmeric
A sprinkle of black pepper
2 tbsp ground flax
Approximately 3/4 cup brown rice flour, plus extra for rolling
Additional flour or water if/as needed to adjust for consistency

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Combine all ingredients except for the flour. Mix thoroughly, then incrementally add flour to form a nice firm workable dough. Different sour creams may vary in liquid content, so working incrementally is important. You may need to use use less/more flour to adjust consistency depending on your specific ingredients. Overshoot? No worries! You can add a bit of water (or a touch of olive oil) if you find the mix a bit too dry when you are ready to roll.  Rest dough (optional).

Roll, cut to shape, and place on a prepared baking sheet.  Bake at 180C for approximately 10-15 minutes. Mine were baked short and then further dehydrated. I prefer lightly baking, but especially so with small shapes of pointy tips like these stars. Allow to cool before storage and serving.

Step-by-step making homemade turmeric dog treats shaped like stars

Tips and Tricks
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations ingredient/ambient temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade dog food. It can be hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock, but the treats can be made with an alternative liquid if you wish, including plain water. There's plenty of tasty goodness with the sour cream and turmeric.
  • Treats can be broken for smaller dogs, made bigger/smaller, or you can substitute simple balls for roll-and-cut treats. Keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • If you like a crunch treat instead of a cookie, with these and any baked treat, you can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing to get a little crispier or use a dehydrator and dry into a cracker-like crunchy biscuit. 
  • These treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 

Golden homemade dog treats shaped like stars on a yellow polka dot table cloth

Dalmatian dog begging for star shaped homemade dog treat

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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