recipes

Who doesn't want to spoil their dogs with a few delicious homemade treats...?

We love putting together new recipes for our 'ambassadogs' - Ollie, Fudge and Ferdie - and want to share some of our favourites with you here!

If you've got a favourite recipe you love creating for your pooch, drop us an email at "info@pawsforchange.org.au" so we can share it with the rest of our squad!

SUMMER SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cup plain natural yoghurt (added sugar is not healthy and artificial sweeteners like xylitol are toxic for dogs)

  • 1/4 cup mixed blueberries & strawberries

  • 1/2 mango (optional)

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 1 cup cold water

Process it all together until smooth and either give them a small amount straight away or, even better, freeze in icecube trays and give them a frozen treat to enjoy on hot days!

*obviously be aware of any food allergies your pooch may have, ie lactose intolerance

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WATERMELON TREAT TRAY

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh watermelon (be sure to remove any seeds)

  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt (added sugar is not healthy and artificial sweeteners like xylitol are toxic for dogs)

  • 1 tsp natural honey

Process it all together until smooth and transfer into ice cube trays or silicon moulds in paw print or bone shapes to make for a fun, frozen treat.

*obviously be aware of any food allergies your pooch may have, ie lactose intolerance

* you can also substitute watermelon for mango and banana or throw in a few raspberries or strawberries with the watermelon to keep it interesting

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PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

  • 2 1/2 cups wholemeal flour or coconut flour

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup peanut butter (make sure it's all natural with no xylitol which is toxic for dogs)

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tbls natural honey

Set the oven to 180 celcius (or 160 fan forced).

Combine flour and egg in a bowl, then add in the peanut butter, water and honey. Mix until it becomes a sticky dough (it helps if you get your hands dirty here to knead it).

Roll it out on a lightly floured or non stick surface (to approximately 1cm thickness).

Use a cookie cutter to cut out your shapes (bones, paw prints, love hearts - the choices are only as endless as the cookie cutters you have!). Continue to roll any leftover bits together and roll out again to 1m thickness and continue cutting cookies until you've used all the dough.

Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake for approximately 15 - 20 minutes or until golden.

If you'd like to add some frosting to your cookies, try melting (microwave for 25 seconds) a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter and a tablespoon of honey, then stir in some arrowroot or cornstarch until just combined.

Add increments of warm water to make a paste that is thin enough to drizzle over your cookies.

​These cookies will last in the fridge for about a month (but they won't last that long, we're sure!) or you can freeze them to make them last about 6 months or so!

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