Getting Kona was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. She’s an adorable Beagle, Jack Russell, Chihuahua mix and I love her so much my heart hurts. I had a family dog as a child, but dog ownership as an adult is totally different. I worry about her getting hurt, or not being dressed warmly enough if it’s chilly outside. I actually have become teary eyed when I think of her life on the streets or at the pound before we adopted her. Through love and lots of treats (go bribery!) her fear has faded and she’s become an amazing pet who is full of energy, constantly amuses, and is eager to please. I take a lot of joy and pride in being her owner.
Needless to say, because Kona is my fur baby I worry about what she eats. I feel as though every other week some pet food or another is being recalled. Buying locally sourced, healthy treats is pricey but I naturally want the best for my girl. This has led me to what I think is a great option, I bake for Kona! By taking matters into my own hands (literally) I know exactly what goes into her treats. I can tailor them to her needs; healthy, tasty and small in size (she’s only 14 pounds after all). I spent a little bit of time researching what was healthy and what was poisonous for dogs before I began experimenting.
The recipe below is super easy and bakes up in no time. It is a great activity for kids as the dough is pretty forgiving. Plus everything is human quality so it’s okay if they decided to taste test. I have to admit that these smelled so good while baking I took a little nibble before handing the rest over to Kona, honestly they tasted pretty good!
These treats will last for about a week at room temperature in a sealed container. They freeze really well, so I tend to make a double batch.
Kona’s Apple Treats
$1.56 per recipe
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Rolls Oats
2 Apples, grated (I leave the peel on)
1 Egg, beaten
1 Tbsp Honey
1/2 Cup Cold Water
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets
Mix flour, oats, cinnamon and baking powder
Add in grated apples, egg, honey and water
Mix until combined. If the dough is too sticky add in a little bit more flour. This will all depend on the size and juiciness of your apples.
Roll out to about .5 centimeter in thickness and cut into desired shapes
Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes depending on the size of your treats and your oven
Let cool before sharing with your fur baby