Next week will be a birthday bonanza around here with Oli turning the big 10 on Monday, so we are sharing our ANZAC Day post this week to make sure you have plenty of time for doggy DIY before ANZAC Day on April 25. I shared a special post on military service animals for Remembrance Day; however, in this part of the world, ANZAC Day is the primary day of remembrance for many, marking the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. In those days, care packages from loved ones had a long slow sea journey, and the ANZAC biscuit was developed to travel well and stay edible (read more here). Human ANZAC biscuits are too sweet and rich for dogs, so we decided to make our own adaptation and share it with you. These lack the sweet crunch of the human syrup and butter biscuits, but they still smell fabulous and are far more healthy and dog-friendly.
ANZAC Day Biscuits for Dogs
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup rolled oats
3 tbsp ground flax
1 single-serve jar (approximately 1/2 cup) of unsweetened applesauce (can substitute baby food)
Additional flour or water if/as needed to adjust for consistency
Combine all ingredients. You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. Roll into small balls and flatten gently with a fork. Bake at 180C for approximately 12 minutes. Allow to cool before storage and serving.
Tips and Tricks:
- You can substitute another flour if your dog is wheat or gluten sensitive.
- These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a large batch for later.
- The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time, as the smaller the cookie the shorter the baking time.
Hungry for more tasty treats? See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet. Yes! Of course we are going to share the how-to for the poppy shown in the treat photos. :) Stay tuned for our easy dog collar poppy instructions in this Friday's DIY post.