carrot & oat dog biscuits.

Our dogs, Paddington and Winston, may or may not be a little spoiled.

Every day, I fill their water bowl with freshly filtered cold water from the fridge. I always add a handful of ice cubes to the bowl, because Winston is kind of obsessed with ice. One of his favorite pastimes is fishing ice cubes out of the water bowl and placing them in my lap. It’s very sweet. And cold

Once a week(ish), we mix their kibble with a little bit of roasted chicken, fresh vegetables and homemade chicken stock. It’s their version of a fancy Sunday dinner. They feast like tiny furry kings.

And yes, I make them dog biscuits, <a href = “http://foodpluswords.com/2011/07/pupcakes/”>cupcakes</a>, puppy ice cream, and various other types of dog treats.

It’s a little out of control.

I mean, look at those super adorable puppy faces! They are too cute to resist. I can’t help but spoil them rotten!

Paddington and Winston both love┬ávegetables and fruit. When I’m in the kitchen peeling carrots, they come tearing around the corner to politely beg for the peels. The boys go crazy for apples, bananas and green beans, too!

Side note: most fruits and vegetables are safe for healthy dogs to consume in moderation, but there are a few that are toxic. Garlic, onions, grapes and raisins are the major ones to avoid completely.

Over the past year we’ve slowly been phasing as much┬áprocessed and store-bought treats and food out of their diets, as well as ours! It just seems like every time you turn around there’s another pet food recall, so I’d rather err on the side of caution and make my own treats free from preservatives, chemicals, crazy fillers and additives.

These crunchy little biscuits are a perfect springtime treat for your four-legged best friends! They’re chock full of carrot juice, oats and peanut butter–what’s not to like?

Oh! Also, there’s no butter, oil or sugar in them, either! Each treat is roughly 20 calories, making them great for pups that are watching their weight.

Is it weird that I tasted one?

Hey, it’s kind of my job to taste test the things I make. These treats taste like slightly sweet, nutty crisp crackers. So now you know.

They’re completely safe for human consumption! I wouldn’t say they’re the epitome of haute cuisine, but they’re flavorful.

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, you could definitely nosh on these dog treats for sustenance.

I mean, come on. It’s the zombie apocalypse. I don’t think anyone would judge you for eating a dog treat to stay alive. Right?

Anyhow. the point is that you can feel good about feeding these treats to your pups. They’re wholesome, all-natural and your dog will go absolutely bonkers for them. Pinkie swear!

Carrot & Oat Dog Biscuits

Yield: at least 75 dog biscuits

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup coarsely ground cornmeal
1/2 cup rolled oats

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, with a rack in the center of the oven.

Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set aside.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine and form a thick dough.

Flour a wooden cutting board or similar surface well, and turn the dough out onto the board.

Sprinkle flour on top of the dough and onto a rolling pin, and roll the dough to approximately 1/4"-1/2" thickness. Be sure to use plenty of flour, as this dough is very sticky!

When the dough is rolled out, dip a bone-shaped cookie cutter (or any other shape you like) into flour and cut out the biscuits.

Transfer the cut out biscuits to the prepared sheet pan, leaving about 1/4" of an inch between each treat. These don't spread out, so you can fit upwards of 40 onto a baking sheet at a time.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until light golden brown.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the biscuits to cool completely.

Transfer the biscuits to an airtight container, where they will keep at room temperature for up to two weeks.

You can freeze any leftover dough, too! Just wrap it well with plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe zip-top plastic bag. The dough will keep in the freezer for up to a year.

When you're ready to use the frozen dough, simply transfer the still-wrapped dough from the freezer to the fridge and allow it to thaw overnight before using.

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16 Responses to “carrot & oat dog biscuits.”

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    Anya @ SAS-does — March 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Your doggies are SO cute!
    Our dog is quite spoiled too: occasional toast with cheese, homemade dishes once every 2-3 weeks, and lots of fresh fruits (her favorites are tangerines and watermelons).
    I’ve been wanting to bake some homemade treats for her for a while – I will definitely try your recipe. Thank you!!!

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    Alison @ ingredients, Inc. — March 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    very clever

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    naomi — March 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I agree with Alison, clever idea. YOur dogs are such cuties!

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    katie — March 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Love this recipe. I too spoil my little princess, Lola, otherwise known as “pork chop” thanks to my MIL. She does not get any processed store bought treats. Just carrots and an occasional broccoli stalk or green beans. We haven’t tried apples or bananas yet–who knew! Must try fruits and also try these fab “lighter” treats for my err… pork chop.

    p.s. our pups need a play date in 2012.

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    TidyMom — March 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I love finding new recipes to spoil my babies with!

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    jessica lynn — March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Love this! I’ve had a dog bone cookie cutter for way longer than I’d like to admit, so now I can put it to good use!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — March 31, 2012 at 1:12 am

    oh I will have to make these for Charlie :) he loves carrots. I made pumpkin oat biscuits last week and they are almost gone, time to make more, not just for our dog, but all our doggie friends!

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious — April 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    How cool is this!! I don’t have a dog but I kind of want to get one just so I can make these.

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    Joann — April 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I’m obsessed with this!

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    John — May 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    cornmeal is not good for dogs

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    Your dogs are adorable! I love this recipe and no, I don’t think it’s weird that you tasted a biscuit. I need to make some of these for my babies. Thanks for sharing!

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    Arthur in the Garden! — December 29, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Love it!

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