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Chicken Breast, Sweet Potato & Flax Dog Biscuits

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Peel and cube one medium sweet potato.

Coat cubed sweet potato with 1 tsp olive oil.

Take one 5 ounce boneless skinless chicken breast and cut into large strips.

Coat chicken breast with 1 tsp olive oil.

Place coated sweet potato & chicken breast on a baking sheet. I chose to use a small broiling sheet for air circulation.

Bake/roast your sweet potato & chicken breast at 375 degrees for 30 minutes...this is what my finished product looked like.

Carefully (HOT) move your sweet potato & chicken breast into food processor.

Mix.

Add in 2 tbsp of milled flax-seed and mix.

Add 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt.

Mix.

Add 1/4 cup natural whole wheat flour.

Mix. Now your dog biscuit dough is ready for the next step...baking. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees (or if you are like me you just left if one from the roasting of the sweet potato & chicken breast).

Lightly spray a mini-cupcake pan and place dog biscuit dough in a teaspoon full at a time. Press dough down into the bottom of each mold. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Fresh dog biscuit right out of the oven. Carefully (HOT) remove dog biscuits and place on cooling rack. Biscuits are a little crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Once dog biscuits have cooled place in air-tight container or ziplock baggie and refrigerate. Should last for about 1 week. Biscuits freeze well. Recipe makes a total of healthy 36 dog biscuits.

Chicken Breast, Sweet Potato & Flax Dog Biscuits

1 medium sweet potato

1 5 oz chicken breast

2 tsp olive oil

2 tbsp milled flax-seed

1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup natural whole wheat flour

Peel & cube sweet potato and coat with 1 tsp olive oil.  Slice chicken breast and coat with 1 tsp olive oil.  Place sweet potato & chicken breast on pan and bake/roast at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  Once finished roasting place sweet potato & chicken breast into food processor and combine.  Add in milled flax-seed, mix.  Add in plain Greek yogurt, mix.  Add in natural whole wheat flour, mix.  Place by small spoon full into lightly oiled mini-cupcake pans/molds.  Flatten dog biscuit dough into bottom of each mold.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool on rack.  Store in air-tight container in fridge for up to one week.  Biscuits freeze well.  Recipe makes 36 dog biscuits

NUTRITIONAL FACTS BASED OFF A HUMAN 2000 CALORIE DIET:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 10 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories

18
Calories from Fat

6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat

0.7g
1%
TransFat

0.0g
Cholesterol

4mg
1%
Sodium

5mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates

1.5g
0%
Protein

1.5g
Vitamin A   12% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
Nutrition Grade B+
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

Good points

 

Healthy Benefits taken from my Homemade Healthy Dog Treats recipe blog post (https://roxannesrandoms.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/homemade-dog-treats/)

“Flax:  Flax is not only great for humans, but it is also great for dogs.  Flax helps keep skin & coat healthy.  The natural oils (omega-3 fatty acids) in flax will help dogs who have dry skin and will make the coat shiny.  Flax is great for heart & kidney health.  Flax is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so if you have an older dog with sore joints they will benefit from having flax in their diets.

Plain Greek Yogurt:  Full of calcium, protein, probiotics and vitamins that our dogs need.  Calcium helps promote strong bones and teeth.  Probiotics help in regulating the digestive system and battling illnesses.  Vitamins are just good for your dogs overall health.  When giving your dog dairy make sure it is in small amounts because it can cause some unwanted side-effects in the #2 end of things for some dogs. ..in some cases if your dog is already having #2 issues, giving them a small amount of yogurt can help regulate them because of the probiotics helping their systems.   Make sure you are feeding them plain yogurt, because the flavored yogurts are full of sugar (real & fake) that are both bad for your furry loved ones.  Plain yogurt can also assist in reducing gas.

Whole Wheat Flour:  Wheat has been used for thousands of years and is considered a nutrient dense food.  Whole wheat flour is high in fiber, a great source of Vitamins B & E,  potassium, zinc and even selenium.  Whole wheat can help aid in heart health, good digestion and is even believed to help protected against cancer.”

other ingredients health benefits:

Sweet Potato:  High in beta-caratine, good source of  vitamins A, C, & B6, manganese, potassium, iron, copper and dietary fiber.  Good for your dogs eye sight, digestive function and overall health.

Olive Oil:  Not only is olive oil great for humans, but it is also great for our dogs.  Olive oil is high in essential fatty acids and is rich in antioxidants.  Olive oil has been known to help lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease.  Studies have also shown that olive oil can help reduce cancer rates.  Olive oil is high in vitamins A, D, E & K.  Olive oil can help keep your pets skin healthy and  fur shiny and soft, it can also help slow shedding.  Olive oil helps with digestive function.

My dogs as always were the Official Taste Testers for these dog biscuits…if you want to see what they thought of the biscuits please watch the video of their first taste at:  http://youtu.be/xJPIED2gQvo

P.S.—THEY LOVED THEM!!

 

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Homemade Dog Treats

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Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

1 egg

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp milled flax seed

1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour

Mix all ingredients together in bowl.  Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.  Roll dough out on lightly floured surface until about 1/8 inch thick.  Cut into healthy treat size squares.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12-19 minutes.  We cooked ours for 15 minutes which made them soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside.  Place in airtight container and put lid on when cooled.  Makes about 250 healthy treats which are about 7.18 calories a piece.

 

Healthy Benefits

Flax:  Flax is not only great for humans, but it is also great for dogs.  Flax helps keep skin & coat healthy.  The natural oils (omega-3 fatty acids) in flax will help dogs who have dry skin and will make the coat shiny.  Flax is great for heart & kidney health.  Flax is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so if you have an older dog with sore joints they will benefit from having flax in their diets.

Plain Greek Yogurt:  Full of calcium, protein, probiotics and vitamins that our dogs need.  Calcium helps promote strong bones and teeth.  Probiotics help in regulating the digestive system and battling illnesses.  Vitamins are just good for your dogs overall health.  When giving your dog dairy make sure it is in small amounts because it can cause some unwanted side-effects in the #2 end of things for some dogs. ..in some cases if your dog is already having #2 issues, giving them a small amount of yogurt can help regulate them because of the probiotics helping their systems.   Make sure you are feeding them plain yogurt, because the flavored yogurts are full of sugar (real & fake) that are both bad for your furry loved ones.  Plain yogurt can also assist in reducing gas.

Peanut Butter:  Full of protein, Vitamin E and Vitamin H.  Vitamin E will help protect your dogs immune system.  Vitamin H is great for their skin, nails and coats.  Peanut butter is also a great supplement if your dog is missing anything in their diet from their regular dog food.

Whole Wheat Flour:  Wheat has been used for thousands of years and is considered a nutrient dense food.  Whole wheat flour is high in fiber, a great source of Vitamins B & E,  potassium, zinc and even selenium.  Whole wheat can help aid in heart health, good digestion and is even believed to help protected against cancer.

Egg:  Full of easily digestible protein, selenium and riboflavin (vitamin B2).  Riboflavin is an essential part of your dogs overall health and helps promote the production of new red blood cells.

Honey:  Can assist with digestion, help fight off illnesses, gives a nice little boost of energy, PLUS if you are using a local raw honey can actually help dogs who have allergies.  If your dog is sensitive to pollen the natural trace amounts of pollen in local honey can help acclimatize them to the pollen in the air without triggering the negative allergies your dog usually has to airborne pollen (sneezing, runny eyes & noses, asthma attacks, and coughing).

I hope that your dog(s) enjoy these treats as much as my dogs.  Always feels good to feed them something healthy 🙂

P.S.–I decided to sample the treat prior to giving them to my boys to make sure they tasted good and they do, so they could be a human treat too…they do lack in flavor a little for human taste buds as they taste like a slightly sweet peanut butter cracker.