Silicone baking pans are all the rage lately, and one type – a 16 “x 11.5” nonstick baking mat, aptly named Pyramid Pan – can be used to whip up 500+ dog treats in a snap. The mat has many small pyramids and was originally intended for cooking meat with less fat. But turn it around and the pyramids turn into 556 tiny depressions, perfect shapes for little dog treats. A friend referred me to a recipe from Eileen Anderson’s website designed for use with these mats. In her preamble to the recipe, Anderson notes that you can use your favorite recipe for non-chunky treats, but you will likely need to run it through a food processor first. The batter should be smooth and about the consistency of pancake batter, not cookie dough.
Place two upturned mats on large baking sheets or baking pans. Now comes the hard part: filling the little holes. Spread the dough back and forth with a spatula or silicone scraper; You don’t want one on the boundaries between holes, so some wiping will be required.
Tiny chicken treats
1 10-oz. can chicken, including liquid, or 5.5 ounces. cooked minced chicken and 4.5 ounces. Broth or water
1 cup of tapioca flour
1/2 cup whole wheat, sorghum, or buckwheat flour (or other gluten-free flours)
1 tablespoon of oil
Optional add-ins: Small amounts of flaxseed flour, chopped parsley, seaweed
- Mix the chicken, liquid, and 2 eggs in a food processor.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the flour and oil. The batter should be a little thicker than the pancake batter.
- Divide the dough onto two silicone mats on baking sheets as described.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool down completely and then have fun jumping out.
- Put the treats in bags or small jars; Freeze some and store them in the refrigerator for everyday use.
This recipe makes two full sheets or around 1,100 tasty little treats.
Adapted from Eileen Anderson’s recipe for Simple Baked Chicken Treats on eileenanddogs.com
For the past few years, I’ve used a dehydrator to make sweet potato treats and to dry a summer abundance of fruits (especially delicious strawberries), tomatoes, herbs, and mushrooms. It works great. Now the experts at Excalibur® have a new product, a smaller model with six trays, which has been specially developed for making goodies and other goodies in small quantities. It comes with a pet recipe book, plastic gun, and cookie cutters. Great for creating a trail mix for summer camping trips too! Making nutritious treats for you and your dog has never been easier (and this model is much quieter than the standard dehydrator).
The Excalibur EPT60W 6-Tray Compact Pet Treat Dehydrator 10 “W x 12” H x 8 “D, approximately $ 50
- 1 cup of meat, cooked (chicken, turkey, beef, etc.)
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
- 1/2 cup of oat bran or whole wheat flour
Cut meat into small pieces, put in a blender or food processor and mix.
Add 1/3 cup of water, then puree into a thick paste. Put in a bowl.
Add the oatmeal and flour, stir well. Knead the dough until everything is well mixed. Roll out the dough on a floured board about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
Place in a dehydrator for about 8 to 16 hours or until crispy. Or, bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet at a very low temperature for 2 to 3 hours, or until crispy.
Adapted from Pet Treat Recipes from Excalibur®.