Moc's Liver Treats

(all my dogs likes these, but they can sometimes be a bit crumbly)

Experiment with these by adding in molasses, peanut butter, ripe bananas, shredded carrots, shredded apples, etc. My dogs like the variety.

Banana Bites

(makes small soft treats that don’t crumble and are easy to break in two, Halo goes nuts for these)

(from The Beginner’s Guide to Agility by Laurie Leach)

 

This variation on the classic Milk Bone biscuit recipe yields a soft, breakable, treat that disappears down canine throats at a phenomenal rate.  They are also easy to carry in pockets, without the slimy mess of meat chunks, and make great tossing treats.

Ingredients:

½ cup hot water

1 medium-size, ripe banana (mashed)

½ cup powdered milk

1 egg (beaten)

3 cups whole wheat or oat bran flour (I used whole wheat)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.  In a large bowl pour hot water over the banana. Stir in powdered milk and egg.  Add flour, one cup at a time, until you have a stiff dough.  Move dough to a lightly floured surface and roll to ¼-inch thickness.  Cut dough into kibble-size squares or use a small cookie cutter.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for fifteen to twenty minutes and remove from cookie sheet immediately.  Makes about four cups of treats.

 

Dried Liver

(easy to make and the dogs love this one)

Buy frozen sliced liver (in the grocer’s freezer section  or on a meat tray—not in a cup in the meat department), so each piece is the same thickness all the way through.

1. Put the liver – either frozen or thawed-in a pan of water heavily seasoned with garlic salt.  Boil the liver on the stove while you preheat you oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Once you’ve cooked it long enough for the garlic salt to penetrate, take it off the stove and rinse the liver in cold-running water, thoroughly cleaning it to remove any residue from the boiling.  Set three or four layers of paper towels on a cookie sheet, and put the liver on the paper towels.

3. Turn your preheated oven to “OFF,” and then put the cookie sheet in the oven so the liver can dry.  It takes the same amount of time to dry they outside of the liver (while keeping the inside moist and flavorful), as it does to cool your oven.  The garlic salt helps to preserve the liver, thus preventing sliminess and stomach upsets.  Warning: Never put paper in an oven that is ON.

Freeze the cooked liver in baggies while it is still warm, then take it our and thaw it in the microwave as you need it.

 

Peanut Butter Carrot Cake

1 cup flour

1tsp baking soda

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup shredded carrots

1 tsp. vanilla

1/3 cup honey

1 egg

 

Mix flour and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into greased 8" round cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool. Puree cottage cheese in blender for icing. Decorate with more peanut butter and carrots. 

NOTE:  This cake does not rise very much. Also, I did not do the cottage cheese for icing.

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