If you’re going to bake, you might as well feed the entire family, right?
Made Out of Love by Lucy Postins, owner of Honest Kitchen has recipes specific to dogs and cats, but quite a few that can feed pets and people too. These are good recipes, like even a beef stew and chicken salad.
This recipe for Antioxidant-Rich Blueberry Mini Muffins reminds me of the healthy snacks I used to make for my daughter after she started eating solid food. No sweetener is added, but you could lob a small dollop of jam or honey on top for the kids. Scooby, our rescue pit bull, goes crazy for these muffins.
Don’t worry if you don’t have some of the nutritional supplements on hand in the recipe. We didn’t have the nutritional yeast, kelp, or vitamin C powder the first time we made these and it didn’t matter. I just added in extra wheat germ and flax meal.
- 1/4 cup flax meal (or milled flax)
- 1/2 dried or fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon kelp powder
- 1 teaspoon vitamin C powder
- 2 large free-range eggs
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients including the blueberries (the first six items on the list) in a mixing bowl and fold together to combine thoroughly.
- Add in the moist ingredients (the last three on the list) and stir again to form a thick batter.
- Pour this batter into mini muffin pans lined with paper cups so they are about half full.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until firm to touch.
- Cook thoroughly before serving and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
- The muffins can also be frozen, if desired.
If you don't have nutritional yeast, kelp powder or vitamin C powder handy, add in another 2 tablespoons each of wheat germ and flax meal.
I started off feeding Scooby high-end kibble that was too expensive for him to not like it. I’d pour it in his bowl and he’d just look at me like he needed something else.
After learning more about Honest Kitchen on a visit to their downtown San Diego headquarters, I’ve never fed him anything else.
I like that they use human-grade ingredients, incorporate traditional Chinese medicine into products, donate to local pet rescues, and don’t allow their products to be sold at pet stores that also sell puppies.
Sure, it costs more than other dog food, but I’m okay with that.
See also: An Easy Way to Feed Your Dog Fresh Food
*I received a copy of the cookbook as a gift from Honest Kitchen.