Check this out. Here’s the ingredient list from a popular mass-marketed dog biscuit:
Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Meat and Bone Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Beef Fat (Preserved with Tocopherols), Wheat Germ, Salt, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Bacon Fat, Brewers Dried Yeast, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Malted Barley Flour, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Sodium Metabisulfite (Used as a Preservative), Iron Oxide (Color), Artificial Flavor (Source of Sausage Flavor), Red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 1.
That’s 25 ingredients! And many of them, like BHA and artificial colors, aren’t something you’d ever feed in your pet’s diet. Yeesh!
The September 2014 edition of Clean Eating magazine contains a 3-Ingredient Dog Treats recipe. I happen to have those three ingredients so I made them today.
1/2 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 350 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a large bowl, mix together applesauce and peanut butter. Add flour and mix again until well combined.
- Knead dough into a ball, turn out onto a floured surface and roll into 1/4" thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter (I used a small glass but they would be cute cute into little dog bone shapes). Poke with a fork to prevent air bubbles.
- Place on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-15 min (mine took about 18) or until browned at the edges. Cool and refrigerate.
I must be in rare baking mood today, because I made chocolate chip cookies for the rest of us. :)
for the recipe!
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