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Does it ever seem like health department regulations take some of the fun out of activities involving cooking or baking? While these rules are necessary to help prevent food-borne illness, the gloves and hairnets simply don’t feel like home. This is especially true in our memory care unit.
We’ve discovered a few fun cooking activities that get around these regulations. One of our favorites is making dog treats to send home for employee’s pets. While we’ve tried several recipes, this one seems to be the favorite:
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup milk
- 6 cups old fashioned oats
- Mix peanut butter, pumpkin puree, and milk until well combined. Gradually add 5 cups oats.
- Use a small cookie scoop to form balls. Roll balls in remaining 1 cup oats.
- Place in refrigerator until firm.
Note that this recipe contains peanut butter. If you’re concerned about peanut allergens, here’s another favorite recipe:
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup chicken broth
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
- Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. (You can buy cookie cutters shaped like dog bones if you wish.)
- Bake for 35-40 minutes in a 350-degree oven.
- Allow to cool and store in a sealed container.
We place the treats in sandwich sized zip lock baggies and place them in the staff break room. Then anyone can bring them home as a treat for their pet. A sticker is placed on each baggie indicating the treats are for dogs only, and we list the ingredients in case a pet has any food intolerances.
Does your dog have a favorite treat recipe that we can share with our residents? Please post them in the comment section!
**If you’re looking for a fun book to read with your residents who love dogs, check out one of my favorite “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books: My Very Good Very Bad Dog