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Pup-kin Spice Dog-nuts

The pumpkin spice life has really grown on me and I can’t seem to get enough of the warm fuzzy fall feels. A week ago I made some pup-kin spice ice coobs, which I never got around to eating in the end… they were tucked away in the freezer – who knew! BUT they were super yummy, so I am gutted I didn’t hoover them down.

So, since I had a pumpkin spice mix ready to go and I was NOT prepared to let it go to waste what was a doggo meant to do? Did I hear you say make donuts, Biscuit? THAT’S RIGHT!

Pumpkin spiced donuts topped with Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon – hang on – let me just clean my dribble up (how embarrassing).

This is the first of MANY fall inspired recipes, and what better way than to kick it off with donuts flavoured with what seems to be a super popular drink over in America – Pumpkin spice!

I thought I’d give us European pups a taste of the American cuisine!

Oh, I promise these donuts are super easy to make, give them a go and I  hope your pups enjoy them as much as I did!


Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total cooking time: 35 minutes

Yields 6 dog-nuts

Ingredients

For the donuts

1 cup (80g) rolled oats

1 cup (140g) whole-wheat flour

½ cup (130g)  pumpkin puree

1 large egg

½ cup (125ml) oat milk

¼ tsp cinnamon (plus extra for decoration)

¼ tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp organic honey

For the topping

4 tbsp Greek yogurt

1 tbsp organic honey

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C (356°F). Prepare a sheet of parchment paper by drawing large circles with a pencil using a mug (be sure to leave 1-2cm space between each circle). Then, grab an icing tip (or an object small enough to create a smaller circle than the larger one) and draw inside the large circles. You should now have donut guides! Once done, line a baking tray with the prepared parchment paper. Alternatively, if you’re lucky enough to have a donut pan, feel free to use instead!

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, oat milk, pumpkin puree and honey.

3. Then, add in the oats, flour, ground ginger, cinnamon and baking powder and mix together until combined well.

4. Fill a piping bag (2.5cm wide icing tip) with the donut mixture and pipe onto the donut shape guides on the parchment paper.

5. Bake donuts at 180°C (356°F) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Cool on a wiring rack completely. While the donuts are cooling, mix together the Greek yogurt and honey in a bowl until you have a smooth consistency.

6. Grab a donut and dip one side into the Greek yogurt. Repeat this step until all donuts have been covered with topping. Then give the donuts a dusting of cinnamon!

7. Serve to your doggy!

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Sweet Potato & Peanut Butter Nib-Balls

Looking for an easy training treat to make? Or looking for a treat that’s bite sized for doggos of all size?  Then these peanut butter & sweet potato nib-balls are right up your alley!☺️

I made these Nib-Balls for my sister, Peanuts the Chihuahua, she’s not as big as me and can’t eat every treat I make in one go like I can. I thought I’d treat her to something yummy and Peanuts sized because I’m suuuch a good brother! Did she eat them in one go? No. It turns out that they’re just easier for her to steal more and stash away in her bed for a midnight munch. This leaves poor ol’ me without any treats! major facepalm moment 😬

Whatever makes her happy I guess?! Right?

These Nib-Balls are super easy to make. This recipe uses four ingredients only; I think this has to be the most simple recipe I’ve ever posted! Mix everything together, roll the dough mixture into bite sized ball shapes using your paws – woops, I mean hands – and bake!


Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total cooking time: 35 minutes

Yields 54 nib-balls

Ingredients:

1 cup (140g) sweet potato (peeled, chopped)

½ cup (145g) Organic, natural apple sauce

1 ½ cups (150g) Rolled oats

2 tbsp Peanut butter (natural, raw, unrefined)

Method:

1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C (356°F). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

2. Place sweet potato in a microwaveable bowl, cover with a piece of damp kitchen paper and microwave for 5 minutes until cooked, it should be fork tender. Then, puree the sweet potato using a hand blender or a food processor.

3. Blitz rolled oats into a fine powder using a hand blender or a food processor.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together the apple sauce, peanut butter and sweet potato puree until combined well. Then mix in the oats until a dough has been formed. The dough should NOT be sticky!

5. Using half a teaspoon, scoop out the dough mixture and roll into a ball using your hands, then place onto the baking tray. Repeat this step until you have no dough left.

6. Bake at 180°C (356°F) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wiring rack completely before serving to your pup!

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Doggy ‘Mashwich’

Hi everyone, Biscuit here! 🐶😋

“Mashwich?! This dog is bonkers!” I imagine this is what most of you are thinking haha! Well you know what, as mad as it sounds, these mashwiches taste EPIC! I was feeling super creative this week and wanted to try something completely different and original. So I present to you… Doggy Mashwiches a la Biscuit.

These will be perfect for a dog-nic (picnic) on mine and Peanuts’ river walk this weekend, I managed to save two for us after sharing the mashwiches with my furry frens. Since we only have one each, we’ll demolish them in no time and try and sneak a sausage or two from mum’s picnic basket. Then we’ll see what goodies Dad has. Shh… don’t spill the beans on us.

Ok, now you know our plan, here’s the down low on these awesome mashwiches. They’re PACKED full of so much goodness. They contain potato, chicken, peas, carrots and cheese. All of which are SO yummy. Combine all of these into a sort of sandwich using baked potato mounds as ‘bread’ and carrot puree mixed with peas and chicken as the filling, and BAM it’s a tasty sensation.

Peanuts kept stealing the puree while I was cooking so, being the nicest brother ever, I put some in a tub for her in the fridge to mix with her biscuits. Am I the best or what!?

Give these a go to try something different and exciting with your pup! If you do, tag me on Facebook and Instagram!


Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Total cooking time:  50 minutes

Makes 12 mashwiches!  

Ingredients:

4 cups (670g) potato (peeled, washed & chopped)

1 cup (120g) cooked & finely chopped chicken breast

¼  cup (32g) frozen peas

2 1/3 cups (300g) carrots (peeled, washed & chopped)

1/3 cup (22g) grated cheddar cheese

Splash of milk

Method:

1. Pre-heat oven to 230°C (450°F). Line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper.

2. Peel and roughly chop the potatoes into small chunks. Place in a saucepan of cold water and bring to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain and mash the potatoes using a potato masher. Then, add in the grated cheese and splash of milk, and mix until smooth and creamy.

3. Using approximately a tablespoonful of mashed potato, spoon small mounds onto the baking tray. Then, use a fork to rake out the mash to make the mounds flat like a pancake.

4. Bake the potato mounds in the oven at 230°C (450°F) for 20 minutes until the edges become golden and crispy.

5. While the potato mounds are baking, put the chopped carrots in a saucepan with boiled water and bring to a simmer. Cook the carrots for 15 minutes until fork tender. Just before the carrots are done cooking, boil and cook the frozen peas in a separate saucepan for approximately 3-4 minutes.

6. Drain the carrots and blitz them in a food processor or with a hand blender until smooth and lump free.

7. Add the cooked, chopped chicken and peas into the carrot puree. Mix until well combined. Put aside and cool completely.

8. Once the potato mounds are cooked, place them on a cooling rack to cool completely.

9. After everything has cooled, spoon roughly a tablespoon of puree mixture and spread evenly onto one potato mound, then sandwich another potato mound on top. Repeat this until you have run out of potato mounds!

10. Serve to your doggy! Store in an air tight container for 3-4 days in the refigerator.

Remember to ask your vet about any allergies that your pup may have!

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Frozen Yogurt & Berry Bites

Hi everyone, Biscuit here! 🐶😁

Summer has officially arrived and with an almighty heatwave where I live. This means it’s time for a good splash about in my paddling pool, a good munch on a frozen carrot, and the perfect excuse to just sleep all day. I can struggle with the heat depending on how hot it gets, so my mum has treated me to an awesome cooling mat this week, I just about fit on it, but it works like a charm. She got me one when I was a puppy but I had other ideas and thought it was a toy so I destroyed it. What? I wanted to find out where the magic cooling was coming from too! No-one was going to fool Biscuit!

To help me cool down in the Summer I usually enjoy a good ice cube, yep, just plain ol’ water. I have done ever since I was a baby, but I don’t think that would need a recipe and I wanted to mix things up! So, I decided to make a batch of frozen yogurt and berry bites. I also found out that natural, plain Greek yogurt is really good because it’s full of probiotics, calcium and protein. All the more reason to make some yummy frozen treats!

These frozen yogurt bites are a perfect size for little to large doggies, eating a big ice cube is not so great and can give brain freeze!  So it’s better to give frozen treats in little quantities! I must admit these were also VERY easy to make, I just put the berries and yogurt in a blender (under mum supervision!) and blitzed until creamy and smooth! I would share these with my friends but it’s simply impossible right? They would just melt, so more for me I guess! What a shame! Oh, maybe I’ll share with Peanuts…

If you decide to give these delicious frozen treats a go, tag me on Facebook or Instagram! I’d love to see the faces of pups enjoying them 😋


Prep time: 10 minutes

Freezing time: 4 hours or for best results, overnight

Ingredients

1 cup (250g) of natural, plain Greek yogurt (be sure to check there is no xylitol)

2 cups (280g) strawberries (washed, hulled and halved)

1/3 cup (60g) raspberries (washed)

Method

1. Add the yogurt, chopped strawberries, and raspberries into a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Alternatively, you can add the yogurt, strawberries, and raspberries into a jug and blend with a hand blender.

2. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays. Be careful not to overfill!

3. Place in freezer for a minimum four hours or for best results freeze overnight.

4. Serve to your pup!

Remember to check with your vet about any allergies your pup may have!

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Turkey, broccoli & pea rice balls

My mum says I get distracted A LOT on my walks. Well, who can blame me? There’s just so much to see and people to greet. I want to make friends with everyone including cats!  

I’ve been taking training classes recently to help me not be so distracted. So far, I’ve been the goodest of boys and am learning very quickly. Well, I am being rewarded with bits of sausage for being good. Since I LOVE being rewarded with meat, I thought I should make something healthier but still equally as yummy as sausage. Ok, you got me, sausage is just heaven on a plate, but let’s face it, I need to watch my weight.

These turkey, broccoli & pea rice balls are the perfect size for my mum to carry around while we train. They’re also really yummy so I can easily go without sausage AND they’ve got the Peanuts seal of approval, she’s quite a fussy little Chihuahua.

All I had to do for this recipe was combine everything together in a bowl, roll into balls and bake. I found it really easy to roll the mixture into a ball between my paws, the sticky texture meant that they moulded well.

You can put these mixed in with some kibble, give as a treat or use during training sessions. They’re great all-rounders. I’ll be using mine for training!


Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes (including rice boiling time)

Total cooking time: 55 minutes

Makes approximately 40 small bitesize balls. You can shape them bigger if you have a large doggy!

Ingredients

400g minced turkey

1 ½ cups (275g) brown rice

1 cup (50g) broccoli florets (chopped as small as possible)

1 cup (130g) frozen peas

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200°C (375°F). Line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper.

2. Boil brown rice according to the packet instructions. Then, drain and allow to cool completely.

3. Boil broccoli and peas together for 3-4 minutes ensuring the broccoli stays crunchy. Drain and put aside.

4. Using your hands, mix together the turkey mince and rice. The texture of the mixture is very similar to a home-made burger meat mixture – sticky and mouldable.

5. Add in peas and broccoli, make sure they are evenly distributed.

6. Roll the mixture into balls (approximately 1 tbsp of mixture per ball) and place onto baking tray.

7. Bake at 200°C (375°F) for 20 minutes. You’ll want to flip them halfway through so they are cooked evenly. To ensure they are fully cooked, the balls should be a light brown colour and should be uniformly coloured inside with plenty of steam coming out.

8. Cool completely before serving to your dog. Store in an air-tight container for up to 3-4 days in refrigerator or freeze for 1 month.

Remember to check with your vet about any allergies your pup may have!