I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.
Press play, and stop at 37 seconds. 😉
I am actually the least cool dog mom. I don’t let Theodore eat table food, and I am super picky about what I do allow him to eat. There are lots of rules in this house (for him, not for me). Theodore probably eats cleaner than I do!
Until recently the only human food I allowed him to eat were apples. Which is so cute because it’s a fun snack we can share. I bite off pieces and feed them to him because apples are usually our on-the-go driving snack in the car. Although this little video obvsi wasn’t in the car, but in our kitchen.
But now I allow Theodore to eat blueberries, too!
Turns out that those antioxidants that are so good for us, have the same benefits for our dog babies, too. And if your dog-baby is older, the antioxidants can help in keeping their joints supple and can help with arthritis.
Theodore’s Blueberry Cookies
This recipe includes a whole cup of blueberries, and is adapted from Rick Woodford’s book, Feed Your Best Friend Better. Apparently Rick is known as The Dog Food Dude.
The cookies were super simple to make, and I bet you have everything in your kitchen. Except for the blueberries, maybe.
The recipe calls for frozen blueberries, and you microwave them for a minute. But I would be fine with using fresh blueberries if I had them, and most likely would not microwave them.
Homemade Chicken Stock for Dogs
And that green water I am pouring into the blueberries? That’s homemade chicken stock for dogs. Which is a whole other story. The recipe calls for dog friendly chicken stock– which I made, like a fool. And next time I am just going to substitute water, because all you need is 1/4 cup. As opposed to the 10 cups of stock the recipe made.
The deal on chicken stock for dogs is that most chicken stock involves onions, and onions are toxic for dogs. The list of what you can and can’t feed your dog is so long, and not necessarily intuitive, so my recommendation is to do your Googles before feeding your fur-baby. Because I am that kind of type-A dog mom.
After you microwave the chicken stock/water with the frozen blueberries, add them to the food processor, along with the remaining ingredients, and then pulse until the dough comes together.
Roll It, Pat It, Mark It with a B. And put it in the oven for Baby and Me.
You know that song, right?
And the rest of the recipe is pretty intuitive and self explanatory.
Roll the dough out and use a knife to cut into little squares, and bake at 325F. For chewier cookies bake for 25 minutes. For crunchier cookies bake up to 40 minutes.
The idea of using cookie cutters is cute, but they were kind of a pain to work with. Next time I want to use larger cookie cutters, and just break the big cookies into little pieces when feeding Theodore.
Hungry, Hungry Sous-Chef
Truthfully, these blueberry cookies smell so tasty that it is tempting to try one of these. But I haven't! Because I have boundaries. But if a person did try one I wouldn't judge them because the ingredients are so wholesome: blueberries, water, canola oil, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. If you're the one to share these cookies with your dog, let me know how they taste!
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat Oven to 325 F.
Microwave the blueberries and water in a microwave-safe bowl on high power for 2 minutes.
Pour the blueberry mixture, canola oil, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon into a food processor and pulse for about 1 minute, or until the mixture gathers into a ball.
Lightly flour your counter, and roll the dough into a 10 inch square.
Transfer the dough to a baking sheet and cut into 1 inch squares with a pizza cutter.
Bake for 25 minutes for a soft cookies, or up to 40 minutes for a crunchier cookie.
Remove from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool before breaking them apart at the cut lines.