Healthy home made treats
Some of my wonderful agility clients introduced me to making my own treats....now I had resisted for a little while as I'm the youngest child who was never taught how to cook, however, it was super simple, so I'm sure if I managed to pull it off so can you! Credit to Suzie Greentree for sharing her idea with the masses.
What I love about these treats is that you can use a silicone oven tray upside down to create the little pellets...genius! You can also choose to bake longer so they’re crispy so you don’t have to keep them in the fridge.
I was given a number of recipes, however this is the one I went with:
1 x Can of Salmon in Springwater (415 gram tin). I have a Great Dane so I went with 2 cans. I always choose Wild caught.
2 x Eggs. I always choose Freerange.
¼ cup of Parmesan cheese.
2 Hand fulls of frozen Blueberries.
1.5 Cups of self-raising Flour. As I’m a nutrition Nazi, I declined this ingredient and instead went to the health food store and purchased Quinoa Flour which is organic, gluten free & high in fibre.
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds.
This recipe made 4 silicone trays worth of treats.
Step 1 Empty the spring water from the can of Tuna into a bowl and pour in your Chia seeds, the Chia seeds will absorb some of the water and expand and become jelly like. You can leave them sitting for anywhere from 5-20 minutes.
Step 2 Take all your ingredients and put into a blender and blend. Now, the instructions I got said to pour flour into bowl after blending the other ingredients and stir in slowly…this girl ain’t got no time for ‘slowly’ so I just chucked in everything and blended. I presume if you haven’t got a blender that you just chuck everything into a bowl and mix well.
Step 3 Take your silicone oven tray and put it upside down on the bench and then with a spatula, smooth your paste into the little holes. When you have filled all the little holes, wipe of any excess.
Step 4 Place the silicone oven tray on a baking tray and put in oven…I’m no domestic goddess but I was told to do this…I would have just chucked the silicone baking tray in my oven…I’ll let you decide if that would have been a bad idea or not.
Step 5 Cook on 160-180 for about 15 min depending on how dry you would like them, if you want them dryer so you don’t have to store in the fridge then go longer and just check on them. Don’t ask me about fan forced oven vs conventional oven temps and timings….I’m lucky I even know how to turn on the oven.
Where to get Silicone trays? The ones I used were from KMart, however they have since disspeared off their website, you may find something similar in the oven area of your local department store or you can head to eBay and type in 'Pyramid Baking Mat Silicon' and you'll find a different shape one.