Dog treats can be expensive, especially if you want good quality products. This recipe for home-made dog biscotti is easy, quick and very healthy. If you make a full batch, you can freeze some for later, or make a gift for another lucky hound. The ingredients list will delight your friends.
This is a crunchy and delicious treat. Biscotti for humans is normally baked twice. After the first bake, the biscotti is cooled for a while, then put back in the oven and baked again. This produces a hard, crispy biscuit.
For this dog biscotti, I’ve simplified that process. Bake for 25 minutes. Turn the oven off. Open the oven door for a few minutes to let some heat out. Close the oven door, and let the treats cool down slowly in the still-hot oven. That takes a while, over an hour, so you’ve got time to take your hound for a good walk.
Prep: 20 mins / Cook: 25 mins
If you’ve got some left-over mashed sweet potato from your dinner, this will save a lot of preparation time.
TIP: If your mash doesn’t have cheese in it, add ¼ cup of peanut butter to the recipe. This will help with taste, and binding the dry goods.
- 2 cups mashed sweet potato (with cheese)
- 2 cups rolled oats (you can grind these if you wish)
- 2 small apples, grated (wash, but leave skins on)
- 2 small carrots, grated (wash, but no need to peel)
- ½ cup wheatmeal flour (may need a little more or less if mixture too wet or dry)
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties)
- 2 free-range eggs (beaten)
Preheat oven to 350℉ or 180℃.
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients (I use my hand, it’s easier)
Turn mixture out onto a floured bench or board
Form into a large ball, then roll, or press into a rough square about ¼ inch thick
Cut into shapes, or use a cutter (remember to do some long ones if you own a Kong toy)
Put treats on a baking tray lined with parchment paper
Place another sheet of parchment paper on top and press down with your hands to make the treats very thin
Remove top piece of parchment paper and place baking tray in center of preheated oven
Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly brown and crispy
Turn oven off, open oven door for 2 or 3 minutes
Close oven door again, leaving treats inside to cool down slowly
Your hound will love these biscotti treats, and you will enjoy making them. Check out this review if you’re interested in a Kong toy, and toys for chewers.