Concerned for their pets' health and safety, many dog owners are choosing to make kibble at home. The process is similar to baking a homemade cake; jazz up basic batter with vet-approved fruits and veggies to cater to your dog's nutritional needs and personal tastes.
Wash the fruits or vegetables in clean water. Rinse and pat dry with a clean dish towel.
Apply a coat of baking spray to the cookie sheet and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Chop the fruits or vegetables into chunks and place them in the food processor. Puree the ingredients until the mixture is smooth.
Place the flour, powdered milk and cornmeal into a mixing bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir the dry ingredients.
Pour in the beaten eggs and stir the mixture thoroughly. Add water, puree, oil and peanut butter. Stir the ingredients until they are completely combined. The batter should not be thick; if necessary, add a bit more water to compensate.
Scrape the mixture onto the cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the oven and bake the kibble batter for 30 to 35 minutes. It should be brown and firm to the touch when done.
Allow the kibble to cool on the tray completely before breaking it into smaller pieces suitable for your dog's size. Store the dry food in airtight containers up to five weeks.
Some dogs have allergies or sensitivities to wheat flours; if your dog shows signs of constipation, diarrhea or stomach pain, talk to your veterinarian.
Add brewers yeast to the recipe if you desire; it provides several vitamins and is believed to repel fleas. Some dogs may be allergic or experience gas and bloating from its use, though. If you use it, use 1 1/2 cups.
Puree meats such as chicken, turkey or beef if you want to add them.
Items You Will Need
- 1 1/2 cups of dog-safe vegetables or fruits
- Baking spray
- Cookie sheet with edges
- Food processor
- Mixing bowl
- 2 1/2 cups of bakers flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour or gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup of powdered milk, nonfat
- 1/2 cup of cornmeal
- Wooden spoon
- 3 eggs, slightly beaten
- 4 1/2 cups of water, beef or chicken broth
- 2 teaspoon of vegetable, olive or flaxseed oil
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- Storage containers
- Add brewers yeast to the recipe if you desire; it provides several vitamins and is believed to repel fleas. Some dogs may be allergic or experience gas and bloating from its use, though. If you use it, use 1 1/2 cups.
- Puree meats such as chicken, turkey or beef if you want to add them.
- Some dogs have allergies or sensitivities to wheat flours; if your dog shows signs of constipation, diarrhea or stomach pain, talk to your veterinarian.
Lori Lapierre holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in public relations/communications. For 17 years, she worked for a Fortune 500 company before purchasing a business and starting a family. She is a regular freelancer for "Living Light News," an award-winning national publication. Her past writing experience includes school news reporting, church drama, in-house business articles and a self-published mystery, "Duty Free Murder."