A good, crunchy meal without any of the mystery ingredients so prevalent in commercial dog food. This homemade natural kibble dog food is great to take with you when you're travelling, too.
- A little oil such as olive or vegetable oil, for greasing
- About 250g cooked meat (top tip; make this on Mondays, using leftovers from Sunday's roast chicken, lamb or beef)
- About 125g cooked vegetables, such as carrots, butternut squash or sweet potatoes
- 2 tsp ground flaxseeds (optional)
- About 100g buckwheat flour or brown rice flour, plus a little more for dusting
- Add a few tablespoons of rolled oats if you like
- Throw in some chicken livers
- A sprinkle of eggshell powder
This homemade kibble natural dog food recipe makes 1 large jar.
Once baked in the oven, finish it off with a few hours in a dehydrator, to make sure it is absolutely bone dry, which prolongs its keeping qualities. (Optional)
- Preheat the oven to 140 degrees C, Fan 120 degrees C, Gas 1. Lightly grease a couple of baking trays.
- Blitz together the meat and vegetables in a food processor, along with flaxseeds if using, until smooth. Add the flour a few tablespoons at a time, just until you have a fairly stiff dough.
- Turn out the dough onto a sheet of baking parchment lightly dusted with flour, knead into a flattish ball and roll out until 5mm / 1/4in thick. Cut to the same size as your baking tray and turn onto your prepared sheet, peeling off the parchment. Score the dough into bite-sized squares with a knife, cutting all the way through. Roll out any scraps of dough to make more kibble too.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn off the heat and leave the kibble in the cooling oven for a few hours to dry out. You want to make sure it's absolutely dried out or it will go mouldy within a few days. It will keep in an airtight container for a week, or you can freeze it for up to 4 months.
Recipe by Debora Robertson
Book credit: Dogs' Dinners available on Amazon
A wonderful recipe book all about the healthy, happy way to feed your dog.