Healthy Christmas dog treats the kids can make

Unlike us humans, dogs aren't in the habit of gorging over the holiday period. But that doesn't mean we can't include them in the fun! 

Pets are part of the family so it’s only fair they get some festive food too. These recipes can also help to keep the kids occupied in the first few weeks of school holidays.

They can get involved in making these healthy treats for their furry friends by using festive cookie cutters to cut out vegetables to offer as a treat. Extras can be used to decorate the top of the Christmas turkey cake. Or why not save some and use as Christmas stamps to stamp little cards for gifts to place under the Christmas Tree?

All you need to do is cut out some shapes and use up all the offcuts from the vegetables to add to the yummy healthy Christmas turkey cake. Find out how to make this present for your pooch! 

Christmas turkey dog-cake with peanut butter icing

Christmas dog cake
Rating: Easy
Serves: 4 portions for medium to large dogs or 8 – 10 portions for smaller dogs
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Christmas turkey cake
Ingredients:
  • 450g Turkey (or chicken) mince
  • 1 cup rolled oats (110g)
  • 50g roughly chopped parsley
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 2 tbsp water (40ml)
  • ½ cup of vegetable offcuts (50g) example: carrot, zucchini, cucumber
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (fan forced oven)
  2. Spray a 12 cm round cake tin with oil and line with baking paper, set aside.
  3. Place the Turkey mince, oats, parsley, egg and water in a food processor and blend until combined.
  4. Tip Turkey mixture into a bowl and stir in the vegetable offcuts with a wooden spoon until evenly mixed through.
  5. Then spoon mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 25 minutes or until just cooked through and firm to the touch.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool in tin. Once cool, remove the cake from tin. 
Now the cake is ready to be iced (see icing recipe) and decorated with vegetable shapes.
 
Tips:
  • For a firmer cake - cook for 35 mins – 40 mins.
  • This cake freezes well.
  • Cats love this cake too! Just leave off the icing.
Healthy facts:
  • Did you know oats are really good for dogs, highly nutritious and mineral rich?
  • Parsley is really good for your dogs breath and full of Vitamin A & C.
Peanut butter icing for dog cake

Rating: Easy
Makes enough to ice one cake. 

Ingredients:
  • 250g cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (no added salt or sugar)
To decorate cake:
  • 4 cut out veggies (1 cm thick) of your choice, which are suitable for dogs
Method:
  1. Place the cottage cheese and peanut butter in a medium bowl and whisk with eggbeaters until blended and is smooth.
  2. Spread the icing over cake with a butter knife or the back of a spoon.
  3. Decorate with festive vegetable cutouts. You can use any style cutout you like to make it festive, like stars or Christmas trees. 
Tips:
  • Icing can be made ahead and kept for one week in the fridge.
Healthy fact:
  • Cottage cheese is high in calcium and protein and low in lactose. Avoid if your dog has issued digesting dairy.
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