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Like us, dogs need tasty treats as well, writes Alison Lambert.
These biscuits combine their favourites with the addition of nutrient-rich flours to give them an extra special treat for Christmas!
Bacon and cheese dog biscuits
4 rashers bacon, cooked until crispy and broken up
11/2 cups oats ground into flour
21/2 cups wholemeal flour or quinoa flour
1/2 cup flax seeds (linseeds) blended until flour consistency
1/4 tsp beef or chicken stock powder
1/4 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Heat the oven to 180degC.
Line a tray with baking paper.
Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Add 1 cup water and mix until the you get a soft dough. Tip on to a lightly floured bench. Bring the dough together and lightly knead.
Roll out the dough between two pieces baking paper until it is about 1cm thick.
Using a round cutter, cut the dough so you get flat circles.
Place on a lined baking tray. Using your finger, make four indents in the biscuit and use your thumb to make one below so it looks like a paw print.
Bake in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until the biscuits are golden and crisp.Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Doggie, frozen peanut butter and banana smoothie
I have been asking friends who have dogs about what they like to give their dogs as a treat.
Many of them said they need treats to cool their dogs down during the hot New Zealand summer.
And what better way than making a frozen smoothie with all their favourites.
MAKES 24 ICE CUBES
2 ripe bananas, peeled and roughly broken
2 Tbsp peanut butter
2 cups plain unsweetened yoghurt
Put all the ingredients into a blender or mash together by hand until you get the desired consistency.
Pour into moulds and freeze until required.