Homemade dog treats with essential oils
I love to spoil my dog and she’s definitely part of the Spoil Me Well family using essential oils just like the rest of us! My very first job in high school was at Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory which started my love of making and creating things in the kitchen. One of my favorites things we made were white chocolate dipped dog biscuits. Of course, the first question is always, is that safe? Yes, because white chocolate (Or other candy melts) are not actually chocolate, they are safe in small amounts. There are lots of other things you can use to decorate and make gourmet doggy deliciousness.
Lavender Candy Melts are a fun, easy way to make treats. They come in a variety of colors and dogs LOVE them. They are higher in sugar than other options, but the good thing is that sugar doesn’t effect dog’s teeth the same as humans. Still, it should be done in small amounts. I like to melt mine in squeeze bottles in the microwave for 30 second increments, mixing in between. Be sure to only heat until melted and in short amounts of time or they will scorch. After the candy is melted, I add a drop or two of essential oil (usually lavender) and drizzle over the treats.
Carob Coating – Carob is naturally sweet. In some countries it is actually used as a sweetener. The sweetened carob coating that you buy from a bakery supplier does have some sugar, but it’s not a huge quantity.
Carob coating can burn easily and when it gets too hot, the consistency can change and become kind of lumpy.
To prevent this, you can heat the water in the bottom of the double boiler (with the top removed) and then, when it is boiling, remove it from the heat and put the top (with the carob in it) over the hot water. The carob coating will usually melt pretty well this way. The advantage is that you won’t burn or overheat the carob.
Carob coating can get thick, especially if you reheat it. If this happens, use 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or shortening and mix it in with the coating. Only add in small amounts or your coating will get TOO soft and never harden. Another option is to use a product like sugar-free coating flow crystals —which aid in the melting process for carob, candy melts or yogurt.
Ginger Biscuit Ingredients
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat bran (or oat bran)
2 drops ginger EO
1 drop cinnamon EO
1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
I like to do things the easiest way possible, so I always make this dog treat recipe in my bread maker. You can use a mixer and make the recipe a more conventional way if you prefer.
Put all the ingredients in your bread maker in the order that your manual suggests.
Set the bread maker for the dough setting.
When the dough is ready, remove it and divide it into 3 portions.
Roll each dough ball out to a thickness of ¼” or ½”—depending on the size bone you are making. The 3” bones work well at ¼” thick and the larger 5-8” bones are nice at ½” thick.
Using bone cookie cutters (or gingerbread men), cut out the dog biscuits.
Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet and let them rise for 30-60 minutes.
Bake at 300 degrees F for about an hour, or until lightly browned.
Turn off the oven and let the dog treats dry in the oven overnight.
In the morning, check to make sure they hard and crisp. If they give when you push on them, put them in the oven for a little longer.
These dog bone treats are nice just as they are. But, for a festive holiday gift or treat, you might consider decorating your treats with a little and colored jimmies or sprinkles .
Spearmint Chip Dog Cookies
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats (old fashioned or quick—either will work)
1/2 teaspoon non-aluminum baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil or flaxseed oil
2 drops spearmint EO
1/2 cup unsweetened carob chips
1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
Combine dry ingredients (except carob chips and peanuts) and set them aside.
Combine vegetable or flaxseed oil, egg, and vanilla and mix with a mixer.
Gradually add dry ingredients to the liquids and mix until moistened. Stir in the carob chips and peanuts.
Drop by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet or an ungreased silicone baking mat.
Bake at 300 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
If you want the cookies to be more dry and crisp, you can leave them in the oven overnight (after you turn it off). If you prefer a softer dog cookie, remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on a cooling rack.
Carob is a great substitute for chocolate. Not only does it taste (and look) like chocolate, it is actually healthy for your dog. Carob provides roughage and it is heart healthy and supportive of healthy bones and joints.