Showing posts with label fruit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fruit. Show all posts
Monday, 25 November 2019
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{RECIPE} Peanut Butter Banana and Carob Christmas Treats

One month until Christmas, furfriends! In prepping our holiday posts this year, I couldn't resist experimenting with a few plunger cookie cutter recipes so I could play with my Christmas plungers, but this dough works well with standard cutters or as a simple ball-and-flatten treat. This dense fudgey dough worked great for cutting, and the dogs loved the irresistible combination of banana, peanut butter, and carob. Drool!

Homemade carob Christmas dog treats with plunger cookie cutters

Thursday, 19 September 2019
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Homemade Dehydrated Dog Treats

It's drool drool drool dehydrator treat time in our current special FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting mini-series topic all about DIY dog treats! When I (and probably many other folks) think about dehydrated dog treats, homemade jerky treats are probably the first thing that comes to mind, but there are all sorts of different options for dehydrating. Here's an introduction to DIY dehydrated dog treats, safety, treat storage, and a few handy tips.

Dalmatian dog sniffing food dehydrator full of dog treats

Monday, 29 July 2019
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{RECIPE} Strawberry Mint Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Chicken jerky dog treats in a bowl on polka dot napkins

We've been DIYing a lot recently, so here is something tasty to break things up on the blog! Mmmm...jerky! Jerky is doggone irresistible to our boys, no matter what the flavour.  Homemade dog jerky is very easy to make it is a great healthy treat option. There is absolutely no need to marinate at all - straight up plain jerky (usually beef) is our go-to meaty dog treat, but experimenting with marinades can be a fun sometimes as well. I've been trying to channel "What would Oli do?" inspiration on treats recently, and this jerky combines chicken with strawberries, which are one of his favourite fruits. You've got to be very quick to beat the dogs to a berry in our garden!

Monday, 17 June 2019
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{RECIPE} Watermelon Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

Hand holding bone-shaped watermelon gelatin gummy dog treat over a table of treats

We've been in toyland for the past few weeks with the first of our FAQ mini-series posts all about troubleshooting, tips, and tricks for DIY dog tug toys, but we haven't forgotten that our northern friends are about to celebrate their first day of summer! We're so doggone jealous of your sunshine and warmer weather as we nest through the chilly wet dark days of winter here in NZ, but we know the roles will soon be reversed.  These yummy summer gummies are perfect as cool refrigerator treats or portable picnic goodies. Made with doggone delicious watermelon, the humans might even want to share!
Monday, 21 January 2019
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{RECIPE} Naturally Pink Strawberry Cheesecake Dog Treats

Pink heart and bone shaped Valentine's Day dog treats on a polka dot background

We're back from our holiday blogging break and hopping straight into the goodies with our Valentine's Day post line up, and it's a berry-based treat for my berry-loving boys. May we all be as lucky to find a Valentine who looks at us with as much love and desire as Oli eyeing up a strawberry (or strawberry treat)! Haha! Look at this face:

Monday, 17 December 2018
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{RECIPE} Strawberry Carob Christmas Spice Dog Treats

Christmas dog treats shaped like bones, trees, gingerbread men, and snowmen

In confession, I simply couldn't resist pulling out the plunger cookie cutters to make a few final holiday treats.  My go-to carob powder smells a lot like cocoa powder to my underpowdered human nose, but in flavour  it's subtly sweet, a little nutty, and sort of reminds me of gingerbread. (I've tried it in human baking....not taste-testing dog treats, although I've been tempted! Hehe...) With spice and all things nice on the brain, I adapted our strawberry carob recipe to make a treat spiced up with a hint of cinnamon, ginger, and the rich scent of blackstrap molasses. Cue the drool! 

Monday, 10 December 2018
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{RECIPE} Berry Bacon Barkmas Bone Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog begging for a pink bone shaped dog treat  

Berry bacon barkmas bones...say that 10 times fast! :) These treats combine yummy strawberry (a dog favourite around here) with the irresistible scent/taste of bacon. Strawberries are in season during our Christmas holidays; however, frozen berries are fine for baking treats any time of year.  Any treat that gets crazy googly eyes from our beloved old Oli makes all the baking effort worthwhile! 

Monday, 26 November 2018
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{RECIPE} Cranberry Chicken Christmas Cookie Dog Treats

Bowl of red dog treats on a green and white polka dot napkin

Mmmm...the holidays are so close we can almost taste them! It's one month until Christmas, and here's the first of our barkmas-themed posts for this year. Woofs! As blog dogs, our boys taste test holiday and special occasion treats well before the calendar (they never complain!) and if you are currently swimming in leftover turkey, dry turkey meat would make a great substitute for the cooked chicken in this recipe. You can bake and freeze your treats or (like often do, and as was used in these treats) freeze some small batches of cooked meat for future use. Winner winner, chicken dinner! 
Monday, 19 November 2018
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{RECIPE} Spiced Apple Gummy Dog Treats

Bone and paw shaped gummy dog treats on a black and white background with gold stars

Yummy, healthy, and easy to make! These spiced apple gummy dog treats are quick and delicious. Like most gummy treats, they're low guilt at our place where the dogs absolutely love their gummy treats and we love that they are getting the health benefits of quality gelatin in sneaky "treat" form. 

Monday, 12 November 2018
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{RECIPE} Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cake with Blueberries

Small slices of blueberry dog cake on plates with dollops of whipped cream

This dog-friendly pumpkin and peanut butter cake is an easy pawty recipe if you'd prefer a more traditional cake or cupcake/pupcake to a meatloaf-style doggy cake. With yummy pumpkin, delicious nutritious blueberries, and a hint of irresistible peanut butter it is doggone droolworthy. You might even be tempted to taste test a piece yourself. We don't make cake treats very often around here - birthdays mostly, but also occasionally for special events and (of course) as part of our recipe development/testing. Whenever there is pupcake, our boys get VERY excited!
Monday, 18 June 2018
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{RECIPE} Cranberry and Herb Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

Cranberry gelatin gummies shaped like paw prints

It is early winter here, and autumn harvest time had cranberry on my mind (and in my freezer...mooohahah). Thanksgiving isn't celebrated here, but these would be doggone delish for a special Thanksgiving doggy treat.  They were also a great opportunity for me to put my "suspended solids" gummy experiments to the test with a combination of chunky berry puree and light floating herbs - details below on how to beat the sinking/floating problem that often plagues non-soluble add-ins during gummy making!  Woohoo!

Monday, 4 June 2018
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{RECIPE} Apple Pie Pupsicle Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

Bowl of bone shaped frozen yogurt dog treats on a blue table

These easy three-ingredient apple pie frozen yogurt dog treats are doggone delicious!  It's not pupsicle weather here at the moment (brrr....winter!), but the blog dogs have been busy for months pre-prepping and taste testing (such a difficult duty!) treats so that we can keep the blog active through the chaos of moving prep, relocation, and settling into a new home.  And June is Dairy Month, so we're kicking off with a yummy yogurt treat. These frozen treats were a summertime hit at our place and are super simple to make! Soak up some sunshine for us, nothern furfriends!

Monday, 14 May 2018
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{RECIPE} Banana Beetroot "Red Velvet" Pupcake Dog Treats

Red beet muffins on a blue polka dot table with a card saying "A party without cake is just a meeting"

These doggy muffin treats are delicious, dense, moist, and a deep dark "red velvet" shade thanks to a yummy (and healthy!) combination of carob and beetroot. We don't often do doggy cakes here other than barkday parties, but I couldn't resist working on a velvety red pupcake recipe and here it is in honour of our third blogiversary! Three years ago (after much encouragement from folks who knew about my crazy treats and toys) the dogs got their own blog and the makings of Dalmatian DIY were born. Thanks to all of you who have joined in our crazy antics along the way, opened your hearts to Oli and Humphrey, and been part of our blog and social media world. We look forward to creating and sharing more in years to come.

Friday, 2 February 2018
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{RECIPE} Blackberry Cheesecake Dog Treats

Homemade pink dog treats shaped like bones and hearts

Old boy Oli is an absolute fiend for blackberries. Our berry patch is in a gated area, but when the gates are open whilst I'm working in the garden, Oli is sure to arrive like a berry seeking bear bumbling his way into the bird netting hoping for a tasty nibble. Since antioxidants are a big part of our efforts to give Oli happy healthy golden years, his berry love is something we happily indulge in moderation. Blackberries are a powerhouse of free radical fighting antioxidants along with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Blackberries are also a vibrant dark purple-red inside their inky drupelets, and the messy stains on my berry picking fingers inspired me to use that natural colouring to create these Valentine treats.  Beetroot is usually my pink go-to, but Oli was very pleased to see blackberries on the menu. And with the irresistible tang of cream cheese? Drool! 

Monday, 8 May 2017
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{RECIPE} Cookie Cups for Puppy Pie Dog Treats Any Time!

Cookie cups for dogs? Oh yes we did!  Edible dog-friendly cookie cups are a pawesome way to make a special little treat for your dog and a batch can be frozen for use in any number of tasty mini treats.  My favourite way to use them is like mini pie shells, and I'll share some easy filling ideas.

Homemade bite-sized cookie cups for making dog treats

Friday, 5 May 2017
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Behind the Scenes: Homemade Dog Breakfast of Champions!

Make it in May! Our final post of this week's special mini series is a peek at our healthy homemade dog breakfasts.  It's not a treat, but it is something homemade that our dogs enjoy every day.  If you've ever though about switching to homemade dog food or mixed feeding (this is what we currently do), why not make this the month that you look into it further and see whether it might be right for you and your dog?  Mixed feeding is honestly much simpler and more economical than I thought before we made the transition, and our dogs are wild about breakfast. Their general health has also improved with our changes in diet - both bought and homemade.

Grated vegetables in a food processor for making homemade dog food

Wednesday, 8 March 2017
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Using Natural Colourings for Homemade Dog Treats

Bowl full of small gelatin gummy dog treats shaped like hearts in a rainbow of colours

Since we've been including lots of interesting natural colours/flavours in recent posts (more to come), I thought I would slip a bonus post into our cycle about natural food colouring options. A full St. Patrick's Day rainbow of treat ideas! Whether you are not keen on artificial colourings or just want to mix things up, here are some natural foods and add-ins to create colourful dog-friendly treats.
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
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{RECIPE} Fruity Christmas Snowball Dog Truffle Treats

Treat jar with Christmas truffle dog treats, labels, and ribbon

Fresh, fruity, festive, and doggone delicious! These truffle treats are very easy to make and pretty doggone healthy too. Mix and match with your pup's favourite fruity flavours.

Friday, 2 December 2016
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{RECIPE} Stacked Star Christmas Tree Dog Treats

Homemade star shaped dog treats stacked to look like Christmas trees

Oh yes I did... Hehe! These little Christmas tree dog treat towers are assembled with carob "glue" and decorated with carob and yogurt.  They are a very cute little gift to make and gift to all of your favourite furfriends this holiday season.  Here's how to make your own!