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Top 5 Dog Snack Recipes for the Open Road

You know the feeling— you are all packed up and ready to hit the open road and look for your next adventure. Inside your vehicle are your trusty playlists, your gear, snacks, and water. Right behind you is your best friend—maybe it’s a robust German Shepherd or perhaps its your faithful Great Dane, whoever it may be you know that these moments are some of your cherished favorites. So what do you pack up your four-legged friend to endure the long trek that lay before you?

You need something packed full of vitamins and nutrients, good tasting, and easy to bring along. Here are 5 best dog treats for hitting the open road: 

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit

Looking for something long lasting and you can make in bulk? Look no further than the staple of homemade treats—the peanut butter dog biscuit. Made with wholesome ingredients and full of flavor, these biscuits are sure to be a favorite of your alpha dog. 

Time: 30-35 minutes (or until fairly hard)

What you will need:

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • ¾ cup toasted wheat germ
  • ¼ cup brewers yeast
  • ⅓ cup natural chunky peanut butter 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup low sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 roller

Directions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment In a bowl, combine the flour, wheat germ, and brewers yeast.
  • Whisk together the peanut butter, egg, broth, and oil in a separate bowl. Pour your wet ingredients into the dry and stir together with a spatula and spoon into it becomes dough. Knead the dough until it comes together.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and roll in ¼ thickness. Use a dog bone shaped cookie cutter and cut out treats to transfer onto the baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used.
  • Bake your treats until lightly browned and fairly hard getting an even toast. Remove and cool your treats. Your treats will then become harder as they cool – this means they are ready! 

Meaty and Cheesy Corn Bones

What four-legged friend doesn’t like the sound of a delicious treat that is both meaty and cheesy? Containing the best of both worlds, this snack is made with both whole protein and dairy to keep your companion full and ready to hunt. 

Time: 30-35 minutes (or until slightly hard)

What you will need:

  • 1⅔ of whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup stone ground cornmeal
  • ¼ cup brewers yeast
  • ½ cup nonfat dry milk
  • ⅔ cup shredded cheese
  • ¾ cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 roller

Directions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F and line two shallow baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, brewers yeast, and dry milk. Stir in the cheddar Whisk together the broth, egg, and oil. Stir until dough forms.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a ¼ inch thickness. Use a dog bone cutter to cut out treats.
  • Bake your treats until they are lightly browned and fairly hard. Remove from the oven and cool completely as the biscuits harden as they cool.

Apple-Cheddar Dog Biscuits

Martha Stewart is known for many things, but one thing for certain is that she offers a variety of interesting recipes and ideas. This recipe, found on her site, offers a sweet and savory treat for your pup.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups barley flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil

Directions: 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and 3 tablespoons of water to form dough.
  • Roll out the mixture on a lightly floured working service to ¼ thickness. Use a dog bone cutter to cut out treats.
  • Space each treat 1 inch apart on your baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until nicely brown and firm.
  • Remove from oven and let treat harden; this can be done overnight.

Frozen Apple No-Bake Treat

We know that as adventurers we tend to be looking for the most on-the-go shortcuts available for nutrition and treats— don’t worry we have your back with this no-bake treat.

What you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons nonfat organic Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon organic no sugar applesauce
  • 1 Dixie cup 

Simply combine the yogurt and applesauce into your cup and freeze overnight. Add on as you like berries or mint for an extra kick. These simple treats can be made in bulk and taken in your cooler as a nice cool-down snack for your sidekick.

Barkilicious Bites

BarkPost offers many things like funny dog pictures, memes, and recipes. One writer made an experimental treat that ended up being a real pleaser to the canine breed. These bites are easy to make, use wholesome ingredients, and are sure to be a favorite.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • Small handful of parsley, chopped finely

Directions: 

  • Grind your oats using a food processor until you have a soft, oat flour.
  • Mix together the oat flour with the rest of your ingredients
  • Roll teaspoon size balls and flatten out into disks
  • Put in freezer to freeze on a paper-lined plate to harden. Thaw out thirty minutes before serving

These 5 foolproof recipes are sure to keep your hunting dog full and ready for the day. Along with plenty of water, you are sure to have an energetic companion.

 

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