Forget store-bought jerky and other snacks that may cause kidney failure in your best buddy. Below are high protein snacks for special treats that are easy to make, can keep in the fridge for a week, and freeze for up to three months. These are SUPER for training exercises!
Chewy Parsley Liver Cubes
Liver and other organ meats are an essential part of the natural diet of wild canines and felines. Here’s a tasty way to serve it to your domesticated pooch.
1 lb. beef liver, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. dried parsley
1. Dry the liver slices by blotting them with a paper towel, and then dust them with parsley.
2. Transfer the liver to a greased cookie sheet, and bake for 30 minutes at 325°F.
3. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven, flip the liver slices, and then bake for another 20 minutes.
4. Once the liver is cooked, transfer to a cooling rack. Once cool, cut into bite-sized cubes.
Fishy Beef Bites
A perfect blend of fish and beef, this protein-loaded snack is a scrumptious treat for your dog or kitty.
1 cup ground meat (turkey, bison, venison, or beef)
7 & 1/2 oz. can of wild-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon drained
3/4 sweet potato, cooked and mashed
1. Mix all ingredients together, and then spread into a greased 9×13- inch baking dish.
2. Bake at 350°F for 50 minutes.
3. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
4. Loosen the edges and flip onto a clean cookie sheet, bottom side up. Bake for another 20 minutes.
5. Once done, remove from the oven and let cool before cutting into bite-sized pieces.
Liver Tater Meatloaf
Whet your pet’s appetite with this rich, liver-flavored treat – a filling meal suitable for a hungry pet!
1/3 cup beef liver, chopped
1/4 cup potato flour
1/2 cup peas
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend. Pour into a greased 5×6-inch baking dish or loaf pan.
2. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
3. Once cooked, remove from the oven and let cool before cutting into bite-sized pieces.
Turkey, like chicken, is an exceptional source of protein for cats and dogs. However, make sure you use free-range organic turkey and not poultry from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
1 cup ground turkey
1 tsp. chopped parsley
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup sweet potato cooked, peeled, and mashed
1. Mix all the ingredients together, and then roll into 1-inch balls.
2. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325°F for 45 minutes. Let cool once done.
Canned Dog Food Treat
Do you have a pet that must consume a certain canned food and can’t have treats? No worries. You can easily convert canned food into a crunchy treat. Here’s what to do:
Canned dog food. Make sure you choose an organic, grain-free dog food made from human-grade ingredients.
Place gumdrop-sized spoonfuls of canned food onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes, and voila – a great on-the-go treat for your diet-restricted friend!
Let your dog have a grand time chewing on this liver-flavored biscuit. Crunchy and appetizing, this treat will definitely keep him coming back for more!
1/3 cup chopped beef liver
1/2 cup beef broth
3/4 cup pumpkin or almond flour
1. Mix the liver, beef broth, and 1/4 cup flour in a mixing bowl. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Transfer back to the bowl.
2. Add remaining 1/2 cup flour and stir well. Pour into 5×7-inch greased bread pan, and then bake at 325°F for 1 hour.
3. Once done, loosen edges and flip onto a cooling rack. Let cool for 20 minutes and decrease the oven temperature to 250°F.
4. Slice the liver mixture into ½ inch strips and bake at 250°F for another 40 minutes, until hard and brittle. Once done, let cool before feeding to your pets.
Morsels Rich With Minerals
Plant seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds are loaded with nutrients and minerals. Add them to your pet’s diet by creating these bite-sized, crispy treats.
6 Tbsp. almond flour
2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 Tbsp. hemp hearts
Pinch of sea salt (optional)
1. Blend all the seeds in a food processor, a coffee bean grinder or a salsa maker.
2. Transfer ground seeds to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
3. Grease your hands with coconut oil and roll the mixture into gumdrop-size balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
4. Allow it to cool before serving to your pets.
Omega For You, Puppy!
Give your pets healthy plant- and animal-based omega fatty acids with these tasty cookies.
1 can sardines packed in olive oil
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 cup beef, chicken, or veggie broth
2 & 1/3 Tbsp. almond flour
1/4 cup hemp protein powder
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1. Mix all the ingredients together. Roll into 1-inch balls, and then press flat with a fork on a greased cookie sheet.
2. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Let cool before serving to your four-legged friend.
Cookies That Are Antioxidants!
Here’s a delicious snack that’s popping with healthful antioxidants that attack free radical! The blend of blueberries and herbs will delight your pet.
1/2 cup organic blueberries, chopped
1 cup ground bison or turkey
1 tsp. turmeric
2 Tbsp. basil
1 Tbsp. coconut flour
1. Mix all ingredients together, and then roll into 1-inch balls. Press flat with a fork.
2. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 400°F for 20 minutes. Let cool before giving to your dog.
Banana Nut Biscotti
Got a couple of overripe bananas at home? Don’t throw them in the garbage bin yet! Make yummy and crunchy biscotti with this simple recipe.
2 overripe bananas
1/4 cup plain kefir
1 & 1/2 cups almond flour
1. Blend all ingredients together, and then pour into a greased 5×7- inch mini loaf pan.
2. Bake at 325°F for 1 hour. Once done, remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes. Flip onto a cutting board and slice into ½ inch strips.
3. Bake the strips again at 250°F for an hour, or until hard. Remove from oven and let cool before giving to your dogs.
Scones with Yummy Coconut
These “cookies” will make your kitchen smell amazing, and if you like eating cookie dough yourself, you’ll enjoy this one! Feel free to lick the bowl! This recipe is great for dogs with allergies.
1 cup plain organic whey protein
6 Tbsp. coconut flour
1 tsp. fresh oregano. This is recommended for animals with yeast problems which helps with allergies.
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
3 Tbsp. local organic honey, which also helps against allergies
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Grease your hands well with coconut oil and press the dough flat onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 5 minutes.
3. Once done, loosen the edges and flip onto a cooling rack. Cut into desired sizes once cooled.
Popsicles for Pooches
Popsicles for Pups! These are low-fat and refreshing for hot days, but make sure your doggie chews them up.
3 cups fat-free organic broth (chicken, beef, or veggie)
1/4 cup plain, organic kefir
1 jar organic meat or veggie baby food with no onions
1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on low until smooth, for about 30 seconds.
2. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.
Pumpkin Almond Cookies
Pumpkin is sweet and helps keep dogs “regular”.
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 egg 1/2 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
1 Tbsp. almond butter
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Dash of cinnamon, ginger, or clove if you want
1. Mix all the ingredients together, and then form into small 1 to 2-inch cookies.
2. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325°F for 30 minutes.
Sweet Potato Muffins or Cookies
Hmmmm . . . muffins or cookies? This recipe can be used for either!
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cooked, and mashed
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 & 1/3 cups coconut flour
1 banana, mashed
1/4 cup kefir
1/2 tsp. ginger if you want 1/2 tsp. cinnamon also an option
1. Mix all the ingredients together. Fill greased muffin pans, or form into small 1- to 2- inch cookies.
2. Bake at 300°F for 40 minutes to make 9 large muffins, 20 minutes for mini-muffins, or 30 minutes for cookies.
3. Let cool before serving to your pets.
Special thanks to Dr. Karen Becker, DVM for these recipes! Check out her website for tons of information for pets of all kinds.