Are Umameos the healthiest treats around?
Take a close look at our little Ruff’s eyes in the photo above. Before he went vegan last year (like his vegan vet Mum), he adored cheese. When he heard the rustle of the cheese packet from the fridge; his eyes would dilate as the anticipation of something he loved caused this involuntary reflex. Well, after 10 months of being a vegan dog and loving his diet, we made some Umameo treats that are made using our protein packs and are super easy to roll into any shapes you like (we obviously chose hearts). For the first time in 10 months, when he smells these treats, his pupils dilate – we cannot tell you how much this means to us as finally we know that we have found a combination of ingredients that are not only hugely sustainable and healthy, but also tasty enough to cause this response in our little dog we love so much!
We want to share this with you as we feel these treats are ideal for –
Vegan dog owners who want the healthiest tastiest treats possible
Fussy dogs who want to eat mainly treats as they are so nutritious and could be safely fed as 25% of a dog’s daily diet (cutting back the daily food fed by 25% of course 🙂
Any dog owner who wants the best for their dog knowing the exact ingredient list that their pet is getting with no additives; only goodness – see our superfood ingredients below
Dogs with any form of food allergies or intolerances as our ingredients contain no animal products, corn, wheat or soya
Dogs with weight issues and owners who just want to treat as they are high in protein and low in fat
Training treats as they are non greasy and very palatable as so full of natural proteins with an Umami flavour
Tablet dispensers for fussy dogs on medication. Simply add more milk alternative to the recipe and bake for a shorter time to have a softer, moister treat and shape it so ideal to hide those tablets in – all they will smell is the Umameo!
Ideal for owners wanting to transition to a plant-based diet but are concerned that their dogs will not find the food palatable
Can be rolled into a long flat shape and left on a low heat in the oven for longer to dry out more and they make ideal dental treats. With a high hemp protein content, they are calming before bed
Make any shapes you like with cookie cutters. We will be selling bespoke stamps and cookie cutters with your pet’s name on it and moulding these shapes with your dog watching you is enormously therapeutic and good for our mental wellbeing
Ideal for vets to give to any dogs that enter their consulting room knowing that the treats are fully hypoallergenic
Our Umameo Dog Treats Ingredients and Recipe
Organic sweet lupine protein powder
Organic amaranth protein
Pumpkin seed protein
Ground sunflower seeds
Nutritional yeast flakes
Organic wild cranberry powder
Taurine, Biotin and crushed Vit B12 and Vit D3 tablets
VEGDOG All-In-Veluxe supplement ™
Our Umameo treats are easily made by mixing 250g of the protein powder pack with 2 tbsp tahini paste gently heated in 200ml’s of your favourite milk-alternative such as oat, soya, or almond milk. Roll the dough into any shapes you like keeping some powder to coat the table surface and prevent sticking if moulding or if you have no time, lay the dough out flat in the oven and cut into small squares while still warm.
Bake in the oven at 180C for 20 minutes and for a dryer treat, leave in the oven at a very low temperature for a few hours – couldn’t be easier and it couldn’t be healthier for your pet!
Our selected protein powders are high in Omega 6 and Omega 3’s and with no artificial additives, the treats should be kept refrigerated once baked (preferably in a familiar crinkly container that your dog reacts to) for up to 7 days to maintain the freshness of the Omegas.
Henry currently eats Barking Heads as his owner has tried him on vegan dry food but he won’t eat it so hopefully he prefers the homemade food*. He loves to run off lead in his local nature reserve, he is a naturally fun loving dog.
* I used the pack to make the Umami treats and once Henry had tried one he set up camp in the kitchen doorway as he wanted more! He loves them!
“Khushi absolutely adores when I make her the treat recipe from your protein pack – is there a recommended daily limit of these?”*
*We are so happy to hear how much Khushi loves the treats and feed up to 25% of the daily food allowance (cutting back the food fed by 25%)
Another good investment in the health of your dog is to buy a dehydrator to make healthy snacks.
Simply add chopped pears, apples, peaches, beetroot, chickpeas, edamame beans, kiwi etc to the dehydrator and leave overnight to dry – couldn’t be easier or healthier!
The healthy treats below use ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen cupboard for a quick and easy snack that your dog will love (and maybe you will too!)
Banana oat cookies
1 cup oats
1 mashed banana
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/3 cup ground almonds
Mix together and place in small balls on non stick tray using 2 teaspoons
Bake at 180C for 15 minutes
Coconut flour balls
1 tbsp coconut oil melted into half a cup water or almond milk
Handful fresh mint and parsley blended or 1 banana if prefer
Mix together until there is a dough like consistency (add more flour or water as necessary)
Bake in a silicon treat tray at 180C for 20 minutes or 25 – 30 minutes if in a full tray
Sweet potato treats
• 2 sweet potatoes
1. Preheat your oven to 150C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Use a knife to cut the sweet potato into slices peeled before use (as the skin contains solanine). Slice into coin sized-pieces if your dog is small, but if you have a bigger dog you could slice them lengthwise for larger chews. You don’t want the pieces to be too thin, or they will just get crispy and not chewy, so make sure they are no thinner than 1/2cm. Arrange them in a single layer on the baking sheets and bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours flipping once half way through until they are shrunken, dried out, and some pieces are a bit crispy, while others are a bit chewy. Let cool, then store in an air-tight container in the fridge for about 3 weeks.
Alternately place them in the dehydrator overnight instead of the oven.
Oats and peanut butter treats
• 1 1/2 cups uncooked oats
• 1 large banana
• 1/2 cup pure peanut butter (no added Xylitol)
1. Preheat your oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cook for 15 minutes and you can use a cookie cutter to shape these treats:)
Remembering that dogs respond to the smell of protein and amino acids in foods, these treats are protein packed –
Blend a tin of drained chickpeas with oats and pure peanut butter. Roll into little treat balls. These can be fed as they are or cooked.
Carrot frozen ice lolly
Use a raw carrot and half dip it into pure peanut butter and freeze. On a warm day these make ideal ‘doggy ice lollies’!
Oat and peanut butter biscuits
Mix peanut butter, mashed banana or applesauce, oat flour, and water.
Proportions are flexible as long as you add enough flour to make a stiff dough.
1 part peanut butter, 1 part water, 1/2 part banana or applesauce, and then oat flour until the dough is stiff enough to roll out.
You can cut these into dog shapes of your choice or just in squares – your dogs won’t mind!
We do love Benevo’s Benevo cake mix to treat your vegan dog on its birthday!!
The cake is made of Organic Brown Rice, Organic Carob Powder (4%), Baking Powder, Organic Cinnamon Powder (1%), Xanthan Gum, and the frosting is made of Organic Corn Flour, Organic Coconut Flour (1%), Xanthan Gum – all fine to treat your dog on a special occasion!