For this month’s recipe we have Bandit’s Crunchy Pear Crisps. This is a really easy, quick and simple recipe to whip up a tasty and interesting treat for your pooch in no time. All you need is some pears (or alternatively apples, if you would prefer) and a little cinnamon to add a tasty, zingy flavour.
Pears have many beneficial health effects, containing a high amount of nutrients and vitamins, such as C and K. Vitamin C is known to support the immune system. In particular it has a role in enhancing white blood cell activity.
Vitamin K has an important role in the dog’s body, maintaining healthy blood (in particular blood clotting) and it also helps support bone structure and function, in particular aiding in the calcification of bone.
Cinnamon has an absolute wealth of health benefits for both humans and canines. Cinnamon is believed to boost circulation, energy levels, cognitive function and overall brain health, and also to help improve the digestion of dairy products.
Cinnamon is thought to have some anti-inflammatory properties which may be beneficial for older dogs suffering with joint problems and arthritis.
Not only that, but one study has shown that breathing in a few sniffs of cinnamon will help to improve brain function. So if you were planning to have a training session with your dog, it would be a good idea to let them have a little sniff of cinnamon beforehand to help them improve their performance in any memory games.
- 4 Pears
- One teaspoon of cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 100°C.
- Slice the pears into thin slices and remove any seeds.
- Sprinkle a tiny amount of cinnamon powder over the pear slices.
- Place the pear slices onto a baking tray and put them in the oven for approximately 90 minutes.
- Go back and turn the pear slices over and then leave again to bake for another 90 minutes.
- Once the pear crisps seem crispy, take out of the oven and leave to cool off.
The only thing left to do now would be to give your dog a pear crisp and see if you get a paws up and a waggy tail. As you can see from these photos, chief treat taster in residence, Bandit, was itching to eat the whole bowl. We would love to know if you decide to give this recipe a try and what your dog thinks of them, so please do let us know if you have any questions.