Teaching kids to cook is an important part of parenting, and one way to make it extra-fun is by making treats for pets!
Whatever your child’s age or skill level, there’s a recipe they’ll love and learn from! All of these pet treats are safe for kids (and you!) to taste and eat, too, so feel free to indulge!
Easier than Pie: No-Bake Bites
Your child may not be used to the taste of carob, but it’s a health food dogs love! These no-bake bites provide plenty of fiber, protein, and nutrition. Remind your assistant that the treats are for the pups–and don’t be surprised if they sneak a taste and decide they love it too!
Mix ⅔ cup peanut butter*, ⅓ cup carob powder, and 2 tablespoons shredded coconut. Have your child roll the mixture into evenly-sized balls, and place them on a lined tray. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then serve.
3-Ingredient Banana-Pumpkin Cookies
You’ll need 1 ripe banana, ¼ cup pumpkin purée, and ½ cup coconut flour. Mix the ingredients together, and flatten the dough. Use a fun cookie cutter to cut shapes, then place them on a baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.
Sweet Potato & Bacon Biscuits
If you’re cooking with a teenager, they can help all the way through! Invite younger kids back into the kitchen once the bacon is finished and cool; they can still help you crumble it. Don’t let them eat the dough, since it contains eggs (although you can wash them first to reduce potential risk).
Bake 6 slices of bacon until crispy, then crumble them. Mix a 16-oz. can of puréed sweet potato with 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon coconut flour, and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Add the bacon bits, then divide the biscuit dough and bake it on the same tray used to catch the bacon fat. Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes.
Now, go forth and share your treats! You’ll be sure to make new doggy friends, or make your own pooch the happiest pup on the block.
*Doggy-safe peanut butter should be unsweetened and contain no xylitol, which is toxic for dogs. Natural peanut butter is best!
And don’t worry if you don’t actually have a dog: Your neighbor’s pets will be delighted to partake, or you can sign up on Rover.com to meet local dog owners and pamper their pups.
Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.