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Weekly Drool Recipe: Grain Free PuppyPoppers via My Dog’s Breakfast

In the New Year, we made our resolutions. BestBullySticks.com says, “Good Job” if you’re still on track! If you made a healthy eating or weight loss goal, we’re sure you’re looking for alternatives to what now are labeled “off limits food.” The same might be true for your dog. If you made a New Year’s resolution for your dog as well, here is a great snacking alternative to keep your dog’s snacking habits healthy! Fresh from My Dog’s Breakfast, Jen and her dogs Miko and Hank shared their great PuppyPoppers healthy dog treat recipe for today’s Weekly Drool Recipe!

Naked PuppyPoppers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/3 cup olive or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2. Simply mix together the flours and salt. Then add the molasses and get your stand or hand mixer going.

3. Next, crack in your eggs and oil. Mix again. (I added the half cup of water last and then give it a final mix until it looks like cookie dough.)

4. Sprinkle some flour on your non-stick baking sheet or parchment lined tray. Use a spatula to scoop this brown goop out. Sprinkle more flour on top so you can flatten it out. Press it down to your desired thickness, cut into long strips, then chop bite sized pieces from the strips.

5. Roll into balls and place on tray. Bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes to half an hour. Roll halfway through.

Frosted PuppyPoppers
Jen used Fido’s Frosting, a dog-friendly frosting mix to which she added dog-safe food coloring. You simply follow the directions on the frosting box and add the food coloring. You can also try this easy way to make Doggy Frosting with yogurt chips! 

Ingredients
1 cup yogurt chips (found at most pet stores!)
1 tsp vegetable oil
Dog-friendly food coloring.

1. Microwave in microwavable bowl uncovered on High about 1 minute or until mixture can be stirred smooth.

2. Add dog-safe food coloring and dip. Let them dry on the rack for 24 hours.

Thanks to Jen at My Dog’s Breakfast for sharing her great PuppyPoppers recipe with us! 

For more healthy and fun dog treats check out all of Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipes

Weekly Drool Recipe: Beggin’ For Bacon Dog Biscuits via Food Baby

Belly rubs. Your pillow. Every tennis ball. Every stick. Long naps. Car rides. The list of things dogs love goes on and on. BestBullySticks.com knows one of the most endearing things about dogs is the equal level of contentment or excitement dogs exhibit about each of these. But there might be one thing your dog gets more excited about than anything else: Bacon. It’s odd just how connected the two seem, but really, what’s not to love? Kara at Food Baby Blog shared her bacon biscuit recipe she whipped up for her picky eater, Rocky, that your dog is sure to love as well! Read on for Beggin’ For Bacon Dog Biscuits recipe!

Ingredients

  • ½ c rolled oats
  • ½ c crumbled cooked bacon (~5 slices)
  • 1 T bacon fat
  • ¾ c hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c cornmeal
  • ~1 1/2 c (whole wheat) flour 

 

Directions
1. Mix the oats, bacon, and fat in a large bowl and then pour on the hot water. Stir the mixture until most of the water is absorbed and the fat is evenly distributed.

2. Next, whisk in the egg and cornmeal. Then begin adding the flour, about a half cup at a time, until a firm dough forms.

3. Scoop the dough into balls with a large tablespoon* and place each ball on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Using your fingers, flatten each ball into a biscuit shape. The biscuits won’t spread or rise in the baking, so whatever shape you press them into is the shape you’ll get.

4. Bake the biscuits in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the biscuits are firm, but with a bit of give in the center. When they are completely cool, serve.

Recipe Notes
The size varies depending on the size of your dog’s mouth. These biscuits can get stuck to the roof of a dog’s mouth, so either make the biscuit size accordingly or break them up before giving them to your dog.

These biscuits are designed to be softer than typical dog treats so that older dogs, with their more sensitive teeth, can fully enjoy them. But that doesn’t mean this is old people dog food.

On the contrary. With big chunks of real bacon and enough bacon fat to flavor the whole thing, this will be a biscuit that any pooch will love. (They’ll also love you if you put the leftover bacon fat on their kibble, which is what I did.) And, you can feel good because unlike store-bought dog treats — which are often made with byproducts, “artificial flavors,” and pig skin — these are made with real, whole foods.

Because if your dog is as much a part of your family as mine is, then you know they deserve healthy food, too.

Thanks to Kara at Food Baby Blog for sharing her wonderful recipe and photos!

For more dog treat recipes browse all of Best Bully Sticks Weekly Drool Recipes!

Weekly Drool Recipe: DIY Homemade Dog Food

Finding a great dog food can be a pain. Many dog parents might think about making their dog’s food for them! But you might say, “Isn’t that expensive?” or “Isn’t that time consuming?” Today, we’re breaking both of those myths!

BestBullySticks.com is sharing a healthy and tasty DIY Dog Food recipe that won’t break the bank! Vanessa Cordero from the Whoreders Blog (a blog about savings!) shared her DIY Homemade Dog Food recipe that her little Boston Terrier pup, Oliver loves! But Oliver is a finicky pup! Read more about Vanessa and Oliver’s journey to find the perfect dog food!

I only want the very best for my little dumpling Oliver, so I’ve always tried to feed him high quality dog food. The food his breeder had been feeding him caused some vicious gas, it was a nightmare. I switched him to a higher quality food and noticed an improvement right away. After some research, I started feeding Oliver raw food (raw meat, bones and veggies). His gas cleared up almost completely, his coat was soft and shiny and his eyes brightened up significantly. There were two problems: one, Oliver wasn’t always 100% down with the food. Sometimes he’d scarf it down, and other times he’d turn his nose up at it. There was no rhyme or reason, I’d just have to cross my fingers at every meal and hope it was a good day. Problem number two, it was really expensive… about $80 a month. Every time Oliver refused to eat a meal and it had to be thrown out, it was like a dagger in my heart and wallet.

My vet had been suggesting homemade dog food forever, and I always thought it would be too much trouble and too expensive. So when I took Oliver in for a follow up on a mystery insect bite (which left my poor little monkey with a swollen face and me with a nervous breakdown at the pet ER), I asked for more info about his recommendation for the home cooked food. I decided to try it out by making a small batch to try, I figured there was nothing to lose. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Parsley Breath Bits from Sweet Paul Mag

Sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Your dog’s breath is a little… stinky. BestBullySticks.com has great news for you! Treat Fido to a tasty treat and help cure his bad breath at the same time. Sweet Paul Mag’s Parsley Breath Bits are just the thing you need!

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
50 g 1/2 stick melted butter
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions
1.Preheat the oven to 400F/200C

2.Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

3.If the dough is too dry add a little water.

4.On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to about 3/8 inch thick. Cut out squares, transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.

5.Bake the bits for 15-20 minutes.

6.Cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 40. Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

Recipe & photo courtesy of Sweet Paul Mag.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Be sure to browse the rest of BBS’s great Weekly Drool Recipes!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Dog Treats from Bubby & Bean

When we say our final goodbye to a dear friend, it’s heartbreaking. And though time heals all wounds, BestBullySticks.com knows that you would never want to forget them. Such is the story with many dog lovers, including sisters Melissa & Morgan, the brains behind Bubby & Bean blog. Melissa’s dog, Leary (nicknamed Bubby) passed away a few days before Christmas last year. To remember their sweet Leary, Melissa’s sister Morgan whipped up this recipe in remembrance of him.  

Everybody who met that special doggie instantly got a smile on their faces.  He was one of those friends that was always there for you and loved to snuggle.  And like most dogs, Leary LOVED food!  He knew he wasn’t supposed to beg for it, so when we would eat in front of him, he’d stand sideways and look at you out of the corner of his eye.  It cracked me up!  I was always a sucker for one particular look he’d give that made him look like a big soft puppy.  When he gave that look, a french fry or piece of cheese would “accidentally” make its way into his mouth.   He knew exactly how to work his auntie!  And that boy sure did love his cheese.  I even wrote the “For Leary” message in the picture at the top of this post in shredded cheddar, his favorite. 

So in honor of Bubby, today I’m going to be showing you how to make a tasty doggie treat that I know he would have loved, and that your best furry friends will gobble up too.  I started making these when my husband and I noticed that our furry little girl Isis (aka the “Bean” in the Bubby and Bean!) had trouble eating hard treats.  They are soft so they’re great for older doggies, or for dogs who prefer softer foods.

This recipe is especially for you, Leary (bubby, bo-bos, roy boy, beezy, licious, and all the other nicknames that were made for you!).   I miss you every day.

Ingredients
1/2 cup – 3/4 cups oatmeal (depending on how dense you want the treats)
1/4 cup powdered milk
2 small jars beef baby food
1 tablespoon peanut butter (either crunchy or smooth works great)

Recipe Note: You can also use Cream of Wheat or wheat germ in place of the oatmeal.

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

3. Shape dough into hearts, bones, or any other doggie themed treat.

4. Place treats on greased cookie sheet or use a silicone baking mat.

5. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Cool.  Store treats in your refrigerator for up to one week (or until your furry kid learns how to open the fridge!).

Thanks to Melissa & Morgan at Bubby & Bean for sharing Bubby’s story, this recipe and photos.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

 

Be sure to check out all of BestBullySticks.com’s Weekly Drool Recipes to show your prized pooch how much you care! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Apple Cranberry Dog Treats

In less than a week Fido will wake you up early, but not because he needs to go outside. In 6 days it will be Christmas and Fido will be bright eyed and bushy tailed to open Santa Paws gifts! It’s not too late to whip up a Christmas treat for your prized pooch. BestBullySticks.com brings you Doggy Dessert Chef’s Apple Cranberry Dog Treats! These simple and delicious treats will make your dog’s Holiday Season very special!

Ingredients
1 cup fresh Cranberries
1 cup Apple Sauce
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 cup Milk

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. Puree cranberries and mix with applesauce. Once combined add milk, cinnamon and whole-wheat flour until dough is well mixed.

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a heavily floured surface 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until browned at the edges.

5. Cool and refrigerate.

Recipe Note: Makes 2 to 3 dozen dogs.

Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for this amazing Holiday Dog Treat!

For more great Holiday Dog Treat ideas, check out Peanut Butter Pumpkin Puppy Treats, Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies and Peppermint Christmas Chews! These tasty treats are sure to be a hit this Holiday season!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Peppermint Christmas Chews

Only 13 Days until Christmas! Do your dogs have a treat to leave Santa Paws on Christmas Eve? Try out these Peppermint Christmas Chews from Bunny Roo Beagle’s blog! BestBullySticks.com thinks these are sure to please Santa Paws or any other pup on your Christmas list this Holiday Season!

Ingredients
2 Cups All purpose white flour
1/2 Cup Dry milk
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/3rd Cup Low sodium beef bouillon powder
2 Eggs
1 Cup Warm water
1/2 tsp Peppermint extract

Directions
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.

2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Add the eggs, water and peppermint extract. Mix well.

4. Kneed the dough for approximately 2 minutes.

5. Roll dough into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with a fork.

6. Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.

Bone Appétit & Happy Holiday Baking!

For more great Holiday Dog Treat ideas, check out Peanut Butter Pumpkin Puppy Treats and Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies! These tasty treats are sure to be a hit this Holiday season!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

It’s only 20 days until Christmas! That’s why BestBullySticks.com is going to be sharing festive, yummy dog treats you can whip up for your four-legged house guests and Fido’s friends very quickly. Thumbprint cookies seem to be a staple in many Holiday baked-good gifts, so now you can treat your neighborhood dogs to the same treat. Using all-natural jam and yummy peanut butter, these Thumbprint Dog Treats are sure to make an impression.

Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
1/2 cup chicken broth, low sodium
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup all-natural strawberry jam, sugar free (see recipe note!)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325° F

2. Whisk together the flour, oats and cinnamon.

3. Place the peanut butter, chicken broth and water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 15 seconds. Stir together the warm peanut butter and liquids. If needed, microwave again for 10 to 15 seconds. Stir again until all of the liquid is incorporated into the peanut butter.

4. Make a well in the dry ingredients.

5. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir, using a fork, until dough forms.

6. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

7. Using a tablespoon sized cookie scooper, scoop out rounded balls onto the prepared baking sheet. read more…

Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter Pumpkin Puppy Treats!

Now that we’ve given thanks, it’s time to think of those loved ones and treat them to a special gift of your affection. If some of those loved ones are four-legged, BestBullySticks.com has just the thing to please the pups in your life. With just of your dog’s yummy favorite and a special Fido-friendly frosting, you’ll be the best gift giver around! Enjoy these Peanut Butter Pumpkin Puppy Treats! 

Ingredients
3 cups brown rice flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350° F. In large bowl stir all ingredients until soft dough forms.

2. Divide dough in half. Using brown-rice-floured rolling pin, roll each dough half to 1/2 inch thickness on brown-rice-floured surface. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutter. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts about 1 inch apart.

3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until dry and golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Frosting Ingredients:
1 cup yogurt chips (you can find these at most pet stores!)
1 tsp vegetable oil

Directions:
1. Microwave in microwavable bowl uncovered on High about 1 minute or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Drizzle over puppy treats.

Recipe Notes: Store in dog treat jar at room temperature up to 1 week. For longer storage keep in refrigerator or freezer.

Check with your vet to make sure these puppy treats fit into your dog’s diet. Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to.

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

Recipe and photo courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens.

Be sure to check out our other seasonal dog treat recipes that would be great stocking stuffers, goodie bags or party treats! 

Weekly Drool Recipe: Two Turkey Treats for Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble goes the turkey! And gobble, gobble goes the turkey dinner! What goes best with turkey? Why, sweet potatoes and cranberries, of course! Show how thankful you are for your dog this Turkey Day and pass your pooches plate to fill up on these great, healthy treats. Doggy Dessert Chef is providing the fixings via the BestBullySticks.com Healthy Dog Blog!

Wheat-Free Sweet Potato Turkey

Ingredients
1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained
1 large Sweet Potato, cooked and mashed
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 cup Milk
2 cups Soy Flour

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition.

3. Scoop 1/2 tablespoon sized balls into prepared baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until browned at the edges. Cool and Refrigerate.

Recipe Note: Makes 4 to 5 dozen treats.

Cranberry Turkey

Ingredients
1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained
1 cup dried Cranberries
1 tablespoons Honey
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Milk
2 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, stirring well after each addition

3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/2 inch thick and cut with the cookie cutter of your choice.

4. Place on your prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

Recipe Note: Makes 3 to 4 dozen rounds

Bone Appétit & Enjoy!

BestBullySticks.com hopes everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks to Doggy Dessert Chef for these wonderful recipes and photos! For even more yummy turkey treats, visit Doggy Dessert Chef’s website

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