Our friend Jade from Mimi & Munch dedicates this treat to the loving memory of her beautiful pup, Munchie, who recently passed over the rainbow. Like many older dogs, Munchie preferred a soft treat, so Jade would bake these for him to enjoy. Munchie will forever be ingrained in Jade and her family’s hearts and in what Mimi & Munch stands for.
Packed with superfood ingredients, this treat is the paw-fect option for golden oldies, as well as for any other pups who prefer a soft treat.
All of the ingredients are dog-friendly and are packed with vitamins and minerals. This recipe is also grain-free and does not contain any flour.
What a nutrition-packed ingredient! Not only are they an incredible source of fibre, but they are also known as one of the best dietary sources of Vitamin A, which helps promote healthy skin, nerves, muscles, and eyes.
Carrots are a great choice for our fur-babies because they’re loaded with antioxidants that help fight against free radicals. Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Calcium are all found in carrots and contribute to building strong bones.
Royal Gala apples are a great choice for fur-babies as they are naturally sweet and provide a source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and dietary fibre.
TIP: Always remove the core and pips from the apple before chopping, boiling, or steaming to feed to your dog.
Fresh strawberries are a special sweet treat for our pups and are full of antioxidants, fibre, and Vitamin C. Make sure to remove the stem and wash thoroughly before chopping into small pieces.
An extra-large free-range egg adds a boost of protein and amino acids. The egg acts as a binder for the rest of the ingredients and be can be substituted with a chia egg if your pup is allergic to protein.
- Cinnamon: This wonderful spice is antioxidant-rich and is filled with anti-inflammatory properties that help with arthritis, joint pain, and swelling.
- Turmeric: It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that are believed to be a result of the bioactive ingredient curcumin.
- Ginger: It can help soothe a dog’s upset stomach, relieve nausea, and ease motion sickness.
TIP: If you have a pregnant pup, then leave the cinnamon out as it can stimulate the uterus.
Baking equipment you’ll need:
- Oven baking tray
- Baking paper
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cup and spoons
- ½ cup shredded carrots
- ½ cup cooked and mashed sweet potato (can be orange or white sweet potato)
- ¼ cup diced Royal Gala apple
- 1 heaped tablespoon of sugar-, salt-, and xylitol-free peanut butter (for example, Bambi’s Butter)
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 large free-range egg
- Diced strawberries
- Prepare your fruits (chop your apples and strawberries, grate the carrots, and boil/steam the sweet potato before mashing) the day or night before and keep refrigerated.
- Preheat your oven to 180°C.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and set it aside for later.
- Add the sweet potato, carrots, apples, whisked egg, and spices into a large mixing bowl and mix with a spoon.
- Once combined, use a ½ tablespoon to scoop the mixture onto the baking sheet and shape slightly to form small round cookies (the cookies will not spread or rise during baking).
- In the centre of each cookie, place a piece of strawberry for some fun and extra nutrition.
- Bake for 30 minutes, keeping an eye on them so they don’t get too browned or burn.
- The treats should be lightly golden on the outside and soft on the inside – that’s when you’ll know they’re ready.
- Once baked, let your treats cool on a wire rack before feeding to your fur-baby.
These treats can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month (wrap each cookie in tin foil and place in an airtight container).
Lots of Woofs and Wiggles,
Jade, Mimi & Munch SA