Molasses Granola Balls Dog Treats

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Makes 30 to 40 bite-size treats

These balls are crunchy yet have a touch of sweetness for a dog’s sweet tooth.

Ingredients for Molasses Granola Balls Dog Treats

1 cup granola cereal without raisins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 cup molasses
1 large egg
1⁄4 cup evaporated low-fat milk
1 cup granola without raisins, for coating treats

How to make Molasses Granola Balls Dog Treats

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients except the second cup of granola. Use a large spoon, not a mixer, so that the granola is not crushed.
  3. Spread the second cup of granola on a breadboard.
  4. Roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball in your hand and then roll it in the granola to coat it.
  5. Place the treats on greased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.

TREATS AND TIDBITS: SOME FOODS TO AVOID

While dogs and people will consume several of the same foods very safely, there are many foods that dogs can not eat that people eat sometimes. Others can be lethal, such as chocolate, while others, such as raw eggs, actually have the ability to trigger issues.

Here are some foods to avoid:

• Chocolate: Theobromine, a chocolate product, can cause a host of issues, from reducing blood supply to the brain to causing heart attacks. Theobromine is in both dark and white chocolate, but theobromine is more abundant in dark chocolate since milk chocolate is diluted with milk and other ingredients.

• Grapes and raisins: These foods contain a toxin that damages the kidneys.

• Macadamia nuts: These nuts contain a toxin that affects the nervous system and muscles.

•Onions: Sulfoxides and disulfides contain onions, both raw and cooked, that damage red blood cells and cause anemia.

• Raw eggs: Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that interferes with the absorption of vitamin B. They can contain salmonella as well.

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