Due to the continued use of ingredients from China by U.S. dog food companies and continued recalls of contaminated dog food and treats, I have decided to bake kibble for our dogs each week. Below is a recipe I found but have made changes to make it organic and healthy. I have changed the instructions but have left the ingredients crossed out so that you can see how I changed the recipe to make it healthier. Keep in mind when reading dog food or treat recipes:
- Dogs cannot digest milk products (it is the lactose in the milk)
- Some dogs are allergic to whole wheat flour or rye flour because of the gluten
- Bone meal is necessary to build strong dog bones
- Salt is not needed to be added in most recipes
- Worcestershire sauce has many spices including onion and garlic, that is not needed in a dog’s diet
- Homemade vegetable broth is far more healthier than store bought (salt added) broth
- Fresh fruit and vegetables are healthier than dried
- Always substitute pork products with healthier lean meat, such as turkey or chicken
This is a basic kibble recipe that you can change for varying taste. Seal enough fresh healthy dog kibble in a Seal-a-Meal food storage bag (or similar type of bag) for each day. The kibble will keep in an airtight container for several weeks in the refrigerator or several months in the freezer. Every morning take out one bag of frozen kibble and place in the refrigerator so you will have fresh kibble for the next day. (1 c. per dog x 2 meals = 4 c. fresh kibble for 2 dogs)
4 cups whole wheat flour or oat flour
2 cups rye flour or brown rice flour
1/2 cup pumpkin powder
2 cups nonfat milk powder
2 teaspoons bone meal
1 cup flaxseed
1/2 cup oat bran
2 1/2 3 tablespoons dried parsley spinach flakes or 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup corn oil 1/2 cup Blended oil
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 cups water or 1 cup homemade broth
4 cups 1-1/2 lbs. cooked ground beef, pork, lamb, duck, chicken or turkey
2 large cooked and puréed sweet potatoes or 1 – 15 oz. canned organic pure pumpkin
1-1/2 cups chopped dried apples or 4 medium chopped fresh apples
2 cups frozen chopped spinach – thawed and drained or 1 large pkg. of frozen spinach
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray two large cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, pumpkin powder, bone meal, wheat germ, oat bran, and parsley.
3. In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs and blend them with the oil, broth, pumpkin, spinach, apples and meat.
4. Fold in the wet ingredient mixture and combine it until evenly distributed. It takes elbow grease to mix this but you can use a Kitchen-aid mixer.
5. Spread the dough onto the two cookie sheets while making it very flat. Use a knife to score into long lengths but do not score width wise.
8. Bake for 45 minutes or until the kibble is golden brown.
9. When you remove the kibble from the oven, it will be moist. Let it sit on cooling racks for about 30 minutes. Then separate the rows of kibble and cut into bite-sized squares. I have basset hounds and decided to cut the kibble into 1/2″ squares. After separating the kibble, place back into the oven for another 30 minutes and then turn off the oven but leave the kibble in the oven.
Variations: Other healthy ingredients you can add for flavor and beneficial nutrients: barley, fresh basil leaf, beets, carrots, green beans, green peas, nutritional yeast flakes, potatoes, rolled oats, rosemary and zucchini.