It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And with it comes present shopping, decorating, and dinner planning. But how do you plan on treating your dogs, this year? What about some easy homemade dog treats for Christmas?
Dogs are part of the family. But that doesn’t mean they should eat roasted turkey, brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes on Christmas day! Our bodies are different, both inside and out. Hence, the food dogs eat should be different too.
Of course, we can treat both ourselves and our dogs from time to time, but if you want a healthier and more species appropriate alternative to the commercial Christmas dog treats, we’ve got you covered.
Last year, we shared our recipe for single ingredient Christmas dog treats. They are perfect if you want to make them ahead of time but don’t have extra space in the freezer. Since we use a cookie cutter to shape them, you can adjust them to any occasion. But they take quite some time in the oven, and that might not be convenient if you’re trying to roast your potatoes and bake a massive turkey.
This year, we’re making raw, frozen candy canes! I’ve already seen a variety of candy cane dog treat recipes on Pinterest in the past, but hardly any without flour and food coloring. For those of you that prefer to feed healthier snacks, here’s our take on healthy easy homemade dog treats for christmas!
All you’ll need is minced beef and a few spoons of coconut oil. Go with extra lean beef for a darker red color – we used 5% fat mince. If you want to get an even a deeper red color, use meat like venison or hare!
I use quite a large amount of coconut oil, 3 tablespoons to be exact. Don’t worry though, the treats will not actually contain that much. We’re drizzling the coconut oil over the treats on a cooling rack, and most of it drips down on the baking tray. So your dog won’t get the runs after eating one or two of these snacks 😉 The rest of the coconut oil can easily be added to their dinners (or even used to fry your own meat if you like) by simply putting the baking tray in a hot oven for a minute to melt the oil again.
If you have a candy cane shaped cookie cutter, you’re about to have a chance to use it. I didn’t have one and simply rolled the meat to the desired shape. It was more of a challenge than I initially expected, but certainly worth the effort! After freezing the beefy canes for a few hours, I drizzled them with the melted coconut oil to create the characteristic diagonal white stripes of candy canes. I must admit, they’re far from perfect. But little Fido won’t notice that!
Have a go at these easy treats, you’ll have fun 🙂 And don’t forget to share your photos with us if you make the recipe!