As pet parents we strive to provide for our pooches during their playtime, grooming, medical care, and training. We enjoy “treating” our furrkids for their accomplishments. Let’s face it, we enjoy “treating” them even when they may fall short during training. We are as eager to give treats as they are to receive them!
Dogs usually live for 12-17 years. During that time span, there will be tons of opportunities to “treat” your four legged best friend. That being said, let us make sure we are “treating” them to the health benefits of good wholesome ingredients instead of overly processed and highly dyed mystery snacks. If you are a mother to human children and furrkids, you will appreciate being able to multitask this recipe into existance by incorporating family time into the baking process. This will ensure a fun time for all involved; happy kids, happy hounds.
Some of you may ask yourselves, “Are human foods safe for dogs?” My reply is, “Sometimes, always do your research.” My “Carrot Honey Butter Doggie Haystacks” recipe includes quality dog-friendly ingredients. I purposely included the power house trio of carrots, honey and peanut butter to aid your furry family member with eyesight, gut health and a shiny coat. When working with peanut butter and pets, I always like to remind people that not all peanut butter measures up to being safe for your dog. Recently, a new fad has emerged substituting regular sugar for xylitol in peanut butter. This could be fatel to your pet. Please always read the ingredients on your peanut butter of choice. Safety First!
Let’s “treat” our pet the healthy way!
To get started you will need atleast one doggie to reap the benefits of these awesome snacks and any human helping hands that are willing to participate in some canine cullinary fun. Collect these following ingredients:
5 cups of flour
3 cups of rolled oats
2.5 cups of water
5 large carrots, shredded
1 cup of organic peanut butter(without xylitol)
1/4 cup of organic apple sauce
3 heaping tablespoons of local honey
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. This is a great opportunity to get your children into the mix, literally! Have them roll mixture into small balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Add flour to their hands if dough is sticky. This is extremely awesome to help with hand dexterity. Once cookie sheet is full, pop your haystacks into the oven for 25-30 minutes. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Store your yummy treats in an airtight container or freeze extra in ziplocks for future healthy “treating”. The haystacks will keep at room temperature for about a week.
Your doggie will be very impressed by your kitchen skills with “Carrot Honey Butter Doggie Haystacks”. What a wonderful way to keep your doggie happy and healthy.
“Treat” on and Much love!