Cooking for Dogs
It’s Spring in Vancouver and that means rain.
Lots of rain. Endless days of rain. When the weather turns bad, all I want is to cuddle up on the couch with my two dogs and eat comfort food. At the top of my list is warm, tasty, delicious apple pie just like my grandmother used to make.
The only problem? Her recipe had about a pound of butter in it and a cup of sugar. That’s tasty as woof, but it’s not exactly good for me and it’s definitely not good to share with the dogs. I couldn’t sit there and enjoy a slice of pie knowing that they couldn’t have any, especially since they love apples. There had to be a way to get that sweet, spicy apple-y good flavour without all that butter and sugar.
It turns out, honey baked apples are every bit as good. These lightly sweet baked apples have all my favourite parts of apple pie, plus a slightly tangy after taste from a squeeze of lemon. Plus they’re way easier to make than a pie! (Sometimes, being a little bit lazy can be really tasty too.)
In a small bowl, whisk honey with a squeeze of lemon and the cinnamon. Dip apple slices in the honey mixture and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until apples are baked through and golden brown. The dogs were wild over these baked treats. They were already pretty big fans of fresh, crisp apples, but these were over-the-top good. They both worked hard to get a taste, doing lots of tricks to earn them. I would definitely make them baked apple treats again. I really enjoyed them too. I sprinkled a bit of granola over the top to get that streusel-ly feeling to it and it definitely took care of my apple pie craving. I bet these would be really tasty with maple syrup instead of honey.
Have you ever tried baked apples? What did you think?
Jodi is a canine nutrition and small animal naturopathy student hailing from beautiful Vancouver, BC. (That’s in Canada, eh?) She loves to experiment in the kitchen, creating tasty (and healthy) treats for her two dogs, Felix & Kolchak and the rest of her family. Jodi’s blog, Kol’s Notes follows the antics of the irrepressible Kolchak as he celebrates good food, good friends and the good life.
A simple one ingredient snack that is also a great incentive for good behavior. These chips can also be enjoyed by humans so you can snack alongside your furry companion!
Can I give my dog an apple a day?
For dogs, an apple a day can keep the veterinarian away. That’s right: Dogs can eat apples. I recommend apples as a nutritious snack for dogs. Apples provide an excellent source of vitamin C, which is necessary for proper immune function.
Can Dogs Eat Apples? Can Puppies Eat Apples? Are Apple Seeds Ok Too?
Can dogs eat apples? The short answer is yes, dogs can eat apples, but there are some things you should know before you feed them to your dog.
These fruits are full of nutrients that can be beneficial to your dog’s health, but there are some dangers to look out for, such as the cores and seeds. As with any good thing, moderation is the key because too many apples may cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs.
If you serve them to your dog correctly and safely, they are healthy sometimes-treats that can be quite refreshing and tasty. You must always ask your veterinarian before giving your dog human foods, including apples. Here’s what you should know about feeding apples to dogs.