This tuna and turmeric dog treat recipe is super tasty and tempts your dog's sense of smell as well as his taste-buds.
Make these treats small and they're the perfect training reward. Make them bigger and they're a nutritious 'good boy' snack. Either way your dog is going to love them which will make you both happy!
Canned tuna is a healthy treat for your dog (when given in moderation of course!) and is rich in protein, calcium and other vital nutrients.
Turmeric is a super-spice, with strong anti-inflammatory properties as well as a whole host of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Combine these two ingredients with the cheesy, nutty flavor of nutritional yeast, the healthy fats in virgin olive oil and a breath-freshening boost of fresh parsley and you can see why these homemade dog treats are so popular with dogs of all ages, sizes and tastes.
Oat and buckwheat flours are gluten free (buckwheat is NOT related to wheat in any way, it's not even a grain but is the seed of a type of fruit plant)
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup of tuna (in oil or water)*
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
* one can of tuna is approx. 5 oz, which is just a little over 1/2 cup. I generally use the whole can.
This recipe makes approximately one hundred and sixty-five, small dog treats (1/2" diameter circles)
Preheat oven to 350F
Line baking tray with silicone baking mat
Finely chop parsley with a sharp knife
Mash tuna in a small bowl
Put flours and nutritional yeast in large bowl and stir together
Mix olive oil into mashed tuna
Add tuna mixture and chopped parsley to dry ingredients and mix well
Add water and use your hands to form dough
Turn dough out onto lightly floured wax paper
Use lightly floured rolling pin to roll dough out to approx. 1/4" thickness
Cut treats out using cookie cutter or sharp knife
Bake at 350F for approx. 15 minutes or until golden and firm to touch
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely
Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week
What are 'High Value' Dog Treats?
These tuna and turmeric treats are what is often called 'high value' treats. This simply means the treats are super tasty and smelly, and your dog will really, really want one (or more) which makes them perfect for training purposes.
Of course, treats should only be a small part of your dog's daily food intake, so if you're planning on using them as a training reward it's best to make them small. I usually us tiny cookie cutter (1/2" diameter). For small dogs or puppies, or for training sessions that will require more than two or three rewards I mark the treats with a sharp knife down the midpoint so that they can be broken in half easily.
Dax, my big German Shepherd boy, will very gently take half a tiny treat out of my hand but he's not super impressed by how short-lived the taste is in his mouth! For my big boys I usually make bigger treats.
Nutrition Facts Per Treat:
Servings: 165 (one treat per serving)
Serving size: 3 g
Calories per serving: 6
Total Fat: 0.16 g Saturated Fat 0.02 g
Total Carbohydrates: 0.8 g Dietary Fiber 0.1g Total Sugars 0.03 g