Mar 30 2018

Happy Easter Friday! Here Are Some Easter Treats For Your Pets

While we humans are gorging on sugary Peeps and chocolate bunnies, you can whip up some nutritious treats for your pup to indulge in. Check out the recipes for these healthy, dog-friendly versions of some our Easter favorites—plus a kosher treat, too.

Carrot Mini-Muffins

3 medium Carrots, shredded (approximately 1 1/2 cup)
1 cup sugar free Apple Sauce
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk 1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon Baking Powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and  line mini-muffin pans with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl mix shredded carrots, apple sauce, eggs and milk then set aside.
3. In a large bowl mix whole wheat flour, cinnamon and baking powder.
4. Once well combined add the wet carrot mixture to the flour mixture and stir until mixed.
5. Spoon cupcake batter into paper liners until 1/2 to 2/3 full.
6. Bake for 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle come out clean.
7. Cool 5 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 4 dozen mini-muffins


Cream Cheese Easter Nest Dog Cookies

These are a dog-friendlier adaptation of the always popular human cream cheese cookie Easter candy nests, just for fun!  Often made with mini-eggs or jelly beans, these treats keep it simple and no-sugar added with coloured cookie mini-eggs made from the same cream cheese dough.
  • 1/2 block (~125g) of reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • Additional water and/or flour if/as needed for consistency
  • Food colouring or natural tints (optional) for the eggs
Preheat oven to 180C. Combine cream cheese and coconut flour (breathe in – it smells doggone delicious!), then incrementally mix in rice flour to form a nice workable dough. You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed.  Separate out a small amount (around 2 tbsp per egg colour) of dough and tint (optional) for your mini-eggs.
Roll your plain dough into bite-sized balls, place on a prepared cookie sheet, and flatten gently by making a thumbprint indentation in the middle of each ball. Hand-roll mini-eggs from each colour of tinted dough.  Place in the nest (you may find a little milk/water or flour paste helpful for sticking) and press gently, taking care not to flatten the egg shapes.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage. 

Tips and Tricks:

  • Although reduced-fat cream cheese is a good protein-rich alternative to butter and coconut flour is a healthy flour option, these are still an indulgent dog cookie so enjoy in moderation.
  • Don’t like artificial colouring?  Try a natural colouring agent (e.g. blueberry juice, beet-juice) or use carob powder to make chocolate eggs instead.
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a larger batch for later.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller – just keep an eye on your cooking time – the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.  I baked a few solo mini-eggs – very easy and cute!
  • Rice flour and coconut flour are gluten-free. You can substitute one/both, if you wish, and alter quantities for consistency.


Carrot-Apple Bunnies

  • 1 C. of white whole wheat flour 
  • 1 C. of grated carrots
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C. apple sauce
  • 1/4 C. olive oil
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
2. Mix flour, carrots, baking powder, egg, apple sauce, and olive oil together. Dough should have consistency of play doh.
3. Scoop about 1 tbsp of dough and squish into the Wilton Rabbit Silicon Bunny Pan.
4. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

Store in an airtight container once on counter after thoroughly cooled for up to 1 week . Waiting until cooled is an important step; condensation can build and the moisture will cause treats to mold.

For longer shelf life: store in fridge for up to 2 months. Store in freezer for up to 8 months.
Tip: Write date on plastic bag to keep track of expiration date.


Easter Egg Carob Treats

Today’s recipe is ridiculously simple, but insanely dogliscious (and cute too!).  These DIY dog Easter egg “chocolates” were made using an inexpensive Easter silicone candy mold, but you can use any mold including re-purposing a simple ice-cube tray (preferably flexible for ease of removal) or even make the treats as a “chocolate” bark and crack/cut into smaller pieces after hardening. Either way, expect to have very excited dogs circling around your kitchen. 🙂
Homemade Dog Easter Egg Carob Treats
  • Carob Drops/Melts
  • Smooth Peanut Butter
Measure roughly equal quantities of carob and peanut butter (see tips below) into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave on medium heat, stirring to combine and melt. Carob can be tricky to melt (see tips below), but being enveloped in warm melted peanut butter really helps so stirring together is key to getting a nice melted mix without overheating things.  I find (for my ingredients and equipment) microwaving for one minute at medium and stirring thoroughly, usually does the trick but the mix can be returned for more heating if/as needed. If you are using a flexible silicon mold, you may find it handy to place it on a tray or a plate prior to filling for ease of movement.  Spoon the melted carob mixture into your mold, and then gently tap the filled mold on the surface of your countertop to level things out. Set in a cool room (or refrigerate) until completely set before removing from the mold.
Tips and Tricks:
  • Unlike many of our semi-healthy treats, these are definitely a special naughty indulgence to enjoy in moderation. Make a small batch, store for future nibbles, or share with friends.
  • When using ingredients like peanut butter for dogs, go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid the artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, which is extremely dangerous for dogs. Xylitol may also be labeled under as sweetener code 967.
  • Carob drops can be tricky to melt compared to chocolate, as the carob is usually drier/lower fat. Combining the carob with the peanut butter and gently microwaving them together (with frequent stirring breaks) can help.  Texture may vary depending on your carob, but in our experiments over the years, a roughly 50-50 mix with smooth peanut butter and carob drops will solidify into a a solid fudgey state that holds its shape well, yet can be easily broken or cut into smaller pieces.
  • These treats can be refrigerated and/or frozen. Just like human chocolates (especially non-tempered), you may see a little clouding on the surface after chilling – perfectly normal and still delicious!



Peanut Butter Carrot Cake

  1. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/4 cup peanut butter
  5. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1/4 cup honey
  7. 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  8. 1 cup grated carrots (about 3-4 medium carrots)
  9. 1 egg, beaten
    1. 8 ounces firm tofu
    2. 1/4 cup peanut butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 4 3-inch ramekins, and set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the peanut butter and honey for a few seconds until softened and slightly melty.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine softened peanut butter and honey with the remaining cake ingredients and stir until fully combined.
  4. Portion batter into the four prepared ramekins and smooth the tops with an offset spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  5. For the frosting: in a blender or food processor, process tofu until it has a frosting-like consistency. Add peanut butter and blend until smooth. Frost cakes with an offset spatula. If the tops of the cakes became rounded while baking, you may want to use a sharp knife to slice off the rounded portion before frosting.
  1. Makes 2 mini two-layer cakes.


Woof Loaf


  1. 1 pound lean ground turkey
  2. 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  3. 1/2 cup peas
  4. 1/2 cup oats
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 3 hard-boiled eggs


  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. In a bowl, mix together the lean ground turkey, chopped carrots, and peas. Both are healthy for cats and dogs, giving them the nutrition they need for strong eyes and good digestion.
  2. Add the oats and eggs. Mix until the loaf mixture comes together. Oats help your pet’s coat shine, and eggs offer extra protein. Lightly grease a loaf pan with olive oil and then add half the mixture to the pan.
  3. Place the three hard-boiled eggs along the center of the loaf and then cover with the other half of the ground turkey mixture. Pop in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Cut a half-inch slice from the cooled loaf and offer it to your pet. He’ll be woofing for seconds! If feeding a slice to your feline, it’s a good idea to chop it up before adding it to her feeding dish.




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