Homemade Pumpkin Spice & Honey Dog Treats

Festive Homemade Treats for your Dog

            Now-a-days people treat their dogs like royalty. Some spend money on dog purses, clothes, and even dog strollers; really these do exist. Instead of spending money on such extravagances, why not give your dog the best gift? Provide your dog with healthy and delicious treats. According to The Healing Powers of Honey by Cal Orey, “Not only can honey be used topically on animals, but honey is also used in some commercial pet treats and do-it yourself recipes.” Try making these Pumpkin Spice and Manuka Honey Treat Balls for a tasty October treat for your furry best friend.

Pumpkin Spice and Manuka Honey Dog Treats

-2/3 cup of whole wheat flour

-1/3 cup of white flour

-1/2 cup bran

-1/2 cup brewer’s yeast

-1/4 cup of wheat germ

-1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

-1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice

-3 tablespoons of Wedderspoon Manuka Honey

-2 tablespoons of corn oil

-1 egg

-1/3 cup of milk

Directions:   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat honey, corn oil, egg, and milk. Gradually add mixture to dry ingredients to form a dough. Form into 1 inch balls and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 15 minutes. Makes 18 balls.

Note: For safety’s sake, check with your veterinarian before giving treats to your dog

Source:  PetPlace Veterinarians

Wedderspoon October Newsletter

October Newsletter

October always puts you in the mood for sweet treats, pumpkin carving, and spooky stories. One of the best ways to enjoy some tasty snacks is to create your own homemade delights. Honey is a great sweetener to use in recipes that can also be a little healthier. Wedderspoon’s Organic Wild Rata Honey is an excellent choice to pair with the Pecan Squares, which will melt in your mouth and impress any guests that come knocking on your door this Halloween. Rata honey is mild and not too sweet, so it will complement the recipe. It is a rare and special honey, due to the fact that Southern Rata only flowers every three or so years. These vines or trees provide brilliant red flowers that carpet the South Island of New Zealand providing spectators with a view similar to when the leaves on the trees change during the Fall season.

Another easy way to provide warmth and ambiance for guests who travel to your home for Trick-or-Treat or a Halloween party, is to add candles to your decor. The Organic Manuka Beeswax candle by Wedderspoon will not only help to set the mood in your house but also prove to be healthier than the typical parafin candle you would find at the store. As Cal Orey the author of The Healing Powers of Honey explains, “When beeswax candles are burned they not only provide a natural floral scent, but also make negative ions that remove toxins and impurities from the air.” Place our candles on a pretty table setting or even inside your carved Jack-O-Lanterns to provide healthy air and fun decorations. Trick-or-Treat!!

What’s in your morning cereal bar?- Oat, Pecan, & Manuka Honey recipe

Oat, Pecan & Manuka
Honey Breakfast/Snack Bars

It’s quick and easy to wake up in the morning and pick up a store bought granola or cereal bar. The only problem is how often do you take time to actually read what’s inside that supposedly nutritious breakfast replacement? Unfortunately, the majority of cereal bars you find in your nearest grocery stores are highly processed with many additives that you should avoid. “It’s important to read the ingredients list to see that a whole grain like oats is listed first,” says Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN, author of Nutrition At Your Fingertips. She recommends avoiding cereal bars that have sugar listed in the top three or four ingredients. “You may have to consider the granola bar as a little bit of a treat, since it likely provides at least a few grams of added sugar as well.”

An easy solution to finding a nutritious and delicious cereal bar is to make your own at home. Though this may seem like a daunting task, it’s   really very simple. Just mix together the ingredients below with Wedderspoon’s Manuka Honey 16+ and bake. You can store these bars in Tupperware to use throughout the week.

Here’s  a honey-packed snack bar recipe from Sarah Orecchia of Unbeelievable Health.

  •   1 cup porridge oats
  •   1 cup pecan halves
  •   10 dates chopped finely
  •   ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  •   2 teaspoons cinnamon
  •   1 teaspoon sea salt
  •   1 tablespoon maple syrup
  •   2 tablespoons manuka honey (or regular   honey)
  •   1 tablespoon light olive oil
  •   2 tablespoons melted butter
Pre-heat  oven to 350 °F. Blend ingredients together in a bowl with a fork and mash until well mixed. Spread in the bottom of a non-stick or foil lined small baking tray (approx 6 x 8 inches or smaller). Bars should be about 1 1⁄2 cm thick. Bake for about 30 minutes. Let cool and slice.