Homemade dog food is a good combination of vitamins and minerals, plus a little fat will certainly assist in keeping Mimi’s coat in tip-top condition, but as most vitamins and minerals are all but tasteless, these 3 easy homemade dog food recipes will make your lovely pooch in love!
#1 APPLE CINNAMON HOOPS
Most dogs love the taste of apples, so try these easy treats by drying out apple rings in the oven. The touch of cinnamon adds a sweety spice to the snack. Use a good quality apple that is not too sharp and definitely not bruised.
- 3 Large Apples
- Several light ‘shakes’ of cinnamon
Heat the oven to 160 C/320 F/gas mark 3.
Peel and core the apples, making sure the pips are all removed. Slice into rings. Sprinkle each slice with cinnamon, like a dusting.
Place on a baking tray into the oven and bake for about 4 hours. The texture of the apples should be dry and a bit chewy, and not crisped up. They will keep in an airtight container for about 3 weeks, but knowing dogs, they won’t last that long!
#2 LUSCIOUS LIVER TRAY BAKE
Delicious tray bake with tasty and nutritional chicken livers. Cut into pieces, you can freeze them for up to a month or they will stay fine in the fridge for 5 days. The size you cut them is up to you. This makes a large tray bake.
- 2 cups of wholemeal flour
- 1 cup of plain flour
- 3 eggs, beaten
- Half a cup of oatmeal
- 500 grams/ 1lb 2 oz of chicken livers.
- A little water if required
- 1 tbsp of oil
Preheat oven to 160 C/320 F.
Dice the liver into smallish pieces and gently fry on low heat with
1 tbsp of oil. Place all the other ingredients into a bowl, and mix well. Tip in the liver when it is cooked, and mix again. Should form a cake like consistency. Pour or spoon into a low sided baking tray and place in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Remove and cool, as it will harden slightly when cooling. Cut into mouthful size pieces, let doggie taste them, then refrigerate or freeze the rest in freezer bags.
#3 POOCHES PORRIDGE
Oats are a great ingredient for dogs, very high in protein and easy on their digestive systems. If your dogs have a ‘workout’, replace their energy with oats! So that the oats have a chance to cool down, try to remember to cook them the night before and leave in the fridge.
- 100 grams/4ozs of oats
- 1 grated apple
- Handful of blueberries
- 1 tbsp of wheat germ or flaxseed
- Half a teaspoon of raw honey
Simmer the oats in 600ml/1 pint of water for about 5-6 minutes. Leave to cool for an hour or so, or overnight.
Mix the grated apple and blueberries in with the oats, top with wheat germ or flaxseed, whichever suits.