Bonjour and much love, gals and lads. It’s cat amusement time once again here at Pie and the Boys, and this time I’m doin’ something a little different. I’m getting just a lil bit crazy. I…turned on the oven. That’s right! It’s homemade cat treats. I went there. I did that. And the results are forthcoming.
I’ve wanted to do some bakin’ for the meow meows for a while now because frankly, even though they love to gather in the kitchen while I’m doing my thing, I know that giving them human desserts is a no no. Who hasn’t passed their kitten or pup a little treat beneath the dining room table before? But I think we all know that are animals are sensitive to a lot of things that we eat, so it’s best to just keep it all separate. Sorry Oliver! That’s my pie dough!
This recipe actually come from Joy the Baker. Remember a while ago when I said there were some bakers whose recipes just work out all the time and you know you’re going to triumph like a rock star when your creation comes out of the oven? Joy the Baker recipes are like that. I actually found this recipe for crunchy cat treats by her on Design Sponge. These come together like a snap, which is good when you’re not sure how your little friends are going to react. Which brings us to the question of how Pie, Gus, and Oliver Twist reacted.
When I pulled the treats out of the oven I felt the thrill of victory. They were uniform, stayed together well, and looked pretty much spot on. After letting them set out at room temperature for about thirty minutes I offered them to the cats, and I felt the agony of defeat. They weren’t interested. Bum Bum Buuuuuum! But the story has a happy ending. These little guys are supposed to be refridgerated, and I found that after letting them get cold, crumbling them a little bit onto a plate, and serving them to the cats like the royalty they think they are, they ended up being much more receptive. Dontcha just love happy endings? It’s like a fairy tale…except most of those actually started out bleak and gruesome. Perhaps another comparison…It’s like a Disney fairy tale! There, that works.
Scratch a pet behind the ears for me!
- 1 five ounce can of no-salt added tuna, packed in water, drained
- 1 cup oat flour (Make your own by pulsing oats in a food processor until they are powder. That's what I do).
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 heaping tbsp. dried catnip
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix the ingredients together in a medium bowl and blend well until everything is nicely incorporated and there are no dry bits of oat flour left. The original recipe says to do this in a food processor, but I found it worked fine by hand too.
- Divide the dough into half teaspoon balls and place onto the baking sheet.
- Before baking in the oven, make an x indentation on the top of each treat, pressing down with a skewer or toothpick. (It's basically like pressing down peanut butter cookies with a fork before baking).
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until dry and light brown.
- Cool completely before dishing them out or putting them in the fridge.
- Remember to keep these treats in the fridge because they have tuna!