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DYI Dog Treats – better for pets and wallets, less waste

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I know I’m giving away my animal geek status with all my pet-friendly posts lately, but I stumbled upon some useful stuff. I was never big on treats for training with my dogs, but I now have a very “independent-minded” Cattle Dog come to me as a rescue and it seems to be the thing that works when it comes to convincing her that chasing squirrels and rabbits is not the ONLY thing worth living for.

Since we hike in the woods every morning, I use a lot of treats. I need something really small, which is hard to find. I found one kind at Whole Foods, but they immediately made her skin itch – too much processing, I think. So, I bought the organic, high-protein stuff, which works fine, but is expensive. Then there’s the package to throw away, too.

So, despite the fact that I don’t enjoying baking, I decided to commit a couple hours to DYI treats.

Here’s a recipe I found on

Get Lick’d Organic Peanut Butter Carob Treats
Makes 48 muffins

2 cups organic brown rice flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup vegan carob chips
1 Tb organic peanut butter
1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp organic vanilla
1 organic egg

Fill a pot with an inch of water. Heat on high. In a bowl, combine carob chips, peanut butter, and water. Place the bowl on top of the pot so the steam and heat melt the carob chips (a double boiler). Whisk occasionally for a minute or two until the carob chips are completely melted. Remove the bowl (careful, it’s hot), and whisk in the brown rice flour, baking powder, and vanilla. Once combined, whisk in an egg. Heat the oven to 350 degrees, and fill the mini muffin tin cups 3/4 of the way to the top. Bake for 12 minutes for the soft version, which lasts about a week (perfect for pooch parties). For a crunchy version that lasts three to four months, place the mini muffins on a cookie sheet and bake an additional three to four hours at 200 degrees.

(I make mine in tiny blobs on the cookie sheet so I have lots of bite-size training treats.)

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