If you’re looking for new treats to spoil your dogs with, then you need to check out these Manuka honey, oat, and cranberry dog treats as soon as possible. Even though our canine friends will eat just about anything we put in front of them, serving something out of the norm on occasion is always appreciated. Believe me, they will immediately notice the new flavors experienced when the rich taste of Manuka honey is combined with fresh cranberries, oats, and yogurt.
Ingredients for Manuka Honey, Oat, and Cranberry Dog Treats
- 1cup of cranberries,frozen or fresh
- 1/2cup of Greek yogurt, plain
- 1cup of flour, whole wheat
- 2/3cup of oats
- 1tablespoon of Manuka honey
- 1/4cup of oats
- 3 tablespoons of water, as it’s needed
- Optional: 1/4 cup of ground flax seed
Directions for Manuka Honey, Oat, and Cranberry Dog Treats
- To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit on the Bake setting.
- Place 2/3 cup of oats into a blender or food processor, grinding until its texture is fine like flour. Add the ground oats to a medium-sized bowl.
- Puree the cranberries using your blender or food processor. If you’re using defrosted or fresh berries, they’ll likely turn to a liquid state. If frozen, the berries will look more like a rough meal. Add the cranberries to your bowl with the ground oats.
- Add the flour, a ¼ cup of oats, the flax seed (if you’re using it), the Manuka honey, and the Greek yogurt into the mixture.
- Mix everything together until the ingredients are incorporated into a dough. Note: the berries’ water content may affect the dough’s moisture. If it’s too moist, add a small amount of flour piecemeal until the texture is right. If it’s not combining or it’s too stiff, add a small amount of water the same way you would with the flour.
- Whether it’s clean counter space or a cutting board, lightly flour a work surface. Flip the dough onto this surface, rolling it until it’s a ¼-inch thick.
- Cut cookies out in shapes and sizes that you want for your dog and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Sil-Pad. You should have about two dozen total. The treats can be close together on the sheet, as they won’t grow that much.
- To make soft treats: Bake the treats between 15 and 18 minutes, and then remove them from the oven to cool on a rack. Store the treats in your refrigerator for no more than two weeks.
- To make hard treats: Bake the treats for 15 minutes, and then flip them. Bake them for an extra 15 minutes. Switch the oven off and let the treats sit in your oven for roughly two hours—this will make them crunchy and hard. Let the treats completely cool before you store them, as the heat could make them soft again. You can store these hard treats in an airtight container for no more than one month.
- Note: If you’re making smaller treats, their cook time will decrease significantly. Bake them until their edges start to brown.