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Homemade Cheddar & Applesauce Dog Treats

Many of us have turned to a healthier diet, so why not your pooch as well? Below is a great recipe for homemade apple and cheddar dog biscuits, that your fur-babies are sure to love!

Things you will need:

  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons quality olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups barley flour
  • Dog biscuit cookie cutters (or any shape cutter will work)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and put aside for later.
  3. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients to form a dough, this can take a few minutes.
  4. Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Roll into 1/4 inch thickness.
  5. Cut out biscuits (or shapes) with cookie cutter.
  6. Reroll dough scraps and continue to cut biscuits until dough is completely used.
  7. Space biscuits 1 to 1.5 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned and firm.
  9. Allow biscuits to cool for 4-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
  10. Store in air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Makes: 14-24 biscuit (depending on size of cookie cutter) - 3.5 inch cutter recommended for 14 biscuits.

Serving Size: 1 biscuit per dog daily

Variations:

Martha Stewart offers a similar recipe, but with 1/3 cup shredded cheese and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

Wheat flour can also be used, but can be bothersome to some allergic/allergy prone dogs.

Old-fashioned oatmeal can be substituted instead of the Quaker Oats

Lower sodium cheddar can be used for healthier biscuits.

Please note: some dogs can be lactose intolerant or have allergies to food, just like people. If diarrhea or vomiting occur after feeding, please discontinue treats and seek your Veterinarians advice.