Here is my how to video to show you step by step how to make the dog treats. Scroll down for the full recipe and a list of foods you should not feed your dog.
If you have followed my blog or seen my posts on Facebook, you have probably seen my #1 recipe taste tester, Daisy Mae.
I can’t make sandwich without her lurking nearby waiting for her sample. So it was only natural that I find a way to make her tasty treats that she doesn’t have to share. I wanted to make sure they were easy and quick and when I was thinking about what ingredients I could use, I thought back to my college days interning at an emergency vets office and I remember they always had jars of baby food on hand to encourage sick dogs to eat and I realized that substituting baby food for the liquid in the recipe would be perfect. Baby food is organic, pureed, all natural, and comes in multiple flavors that dogs would love, and economical. When you mix it with Whole Wheat flour, it is the perfect consistency to roll and cut into shapes.
There are no end to the flavor combinations you can find in the baby food aisle. However, it is important to make sure that the baby food you choose only has ingredients that are safe for dogs. There are a few ingredients that you should stay away from. The following is a short list of foods from the Michigan Cooperative Extension Office and the AKC, that you should avoid feeding your dog.
Ingredients to Keep Away From Your Dog
- Peanut Butter with xylitol
- Macadamia Nuts
**Make sure you look at the ingredient list on the jar of baby food to make sure none of the above ingredients are listed.**
Vortex Plus Easy Dog Treats
Recipe by Lana Horruitiner-Perez
- 4 oz jar of Baby Food (some good flavors are pumpkin, sweet potato, chicken, apple, banana, meat medleys, and peas)
- 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 Tbl Natural Peanut Butter (make sure there is not any xylitol)
In a medium bowl add the 4 oz jar of Baby Food and 1 Tbl Peanut Butter.
Mix together well. Add 1 cup of Whole Wheat Flour and mix first with a spoon and then use your hand.
Once it’s mixed well, turn out onto your counter and roll out with a rolling pin to a circle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with a small cookie cutter. (you can also use the top of a pill bottle to cut out small circles or just use a knife to cut it into small rectangles. Get creative!)
Press the “BAKE” function on the Vortex Plus and set the temperature to 350 degrees and set time for 10 mins. Press “START”. While the Vortex is preheating, place the dog treats onto the tray. When the display says “ADD FOOD”, place the tray on the middle position and close the door. Once the treats are done cooking you can either take them out of the oven and cool on a cooling rack for 30 mins for a chewier treat, or allow them to cool in the turned off Vortex Plus for 20 mins and then on a cooling rack for 10 mins to get a crispier treat.
Place cooled treats in an air tight container.