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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Best Friends Bar(treats for people and poodles!)

Corn- free, Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free,soy-free

For the last month it seems like every dog food commercial boasts "corn-free, gluten-free, grain free for your dog".. Yet, you cannot find any Human commercial that boasts "Corn-free". As a matter of fact, half the time the more expensive dog foods keep the ingredients natural- you can actually pronoun every ingredient on the side of the bag, and guess what? They don't automatically fortify all dog food.

I half teasingly told my corn allergy support group that I was tempted to make a treat that was good for people and their dogs. I chuckled a bit while I googled for them,boy was I shocked when I found they already existed! Apparently someone else out there was annoyed that manufacturers produce cleaner and safer foods for our pets these days then for the people who own the pets.

We have been busy doing a lot of stock up items that we were running low on this past week, and I am itching to try something new- so with good humor Abby and I decided that the poodles would very much enjoy treats that both their humans and they themselves could eat plus tasted yummy enough to make a human want a "pet treat."

There are tons of safe "people" foods for dogs. But there is a list of human food that dogs should not eat. Onions, grapes, raisins,chocolate,cherries and a few others, but they can eat much of what we eat safely,so we figured we would be good to go!

My thought process also excluded anything too tough for the poodle girls to digest(they do sleep with us! No one wants a poodle in their bed who is struggling to digest!). Also, like the rest of us my poodle girls have a mean sweet tooth.

This was what we threw together:

Pureed fig(aprox 1/4 cup)(figs are fine for doggies in moderation,)
Toasted Coconut butter(aprox 1/2 cup)(coconut, and seed and nut butters are fine for dogs)
2 Tablespoons raw honey( better choice then cane sugar.)
3 Tablespoons chia seeds(Yes! They are as good for the dogs as they are for us!)
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt(dogs like salt too!)
3 Tablespoons dried wild blueberries(Dogs love berries)

1 cup puffed millet( had some to use up, and my poodles love millet and digest it fine)

In the ninja blend figs, toasted coconut butter(or whatever seed or nut you prefer), and raw honey. When well blended move the "paste" to a large bowl. Mix in berries,chia,salt, millet.

Once well mixed place on a piece of parchment paper. Either form into bars or use cookie cutters to cut shapes. We opted for smaller hearts for the poodles and bigger hearts for the people. When I think "best friend" I always fondly remember those heart necklaces where each little girl wears 1/2 half of the heart and when the two friends place the halves together it makes a solid heart. Wasn't going to try to cut my hearts in half- so two different sized hearts worked for me!

We are already planning a sweet potato blend.. or maybe some other cookie.. :-) These are both people and poodle approved.


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