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Apple Oat Crisps, suitable for ALL PETS


1 cup / 2 small apples / 1½ medium / 1 large apple
½ cup carrot (grated)
1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup oats
¼ cup flax seed – ground
1 Tbsp. oil (sunflower / canola / olive)
¼ + ¼ cup water


Cut the apples into bite-sized pieces and blend with ¼ cup water.

Place the flour, oats and flax meal into a bowl and mix well together.

Mix the oil and carrot with the apple sauce. Pour the sauce onto the dry mix and combine well.

Add some of the additional ¼ cup of water to mix to a firm dry dough.

Place into the fridge for about an hour. Roll out the dough and cut into shapes
(with a bone-shaped cookie cutter if you have one).

Place onto solid sheet / non-stick cloth sheet of the dehydrator.

Dehydrate for 6 hours at 60 ºC.

Remove the biscuits with a flat spatula and place them directly onto the dehydrator trays

Continue to dry at 60 ºC until they are as dry as you prefer.

Healthy Peanut Butter Treat –  Cats love!


½ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup quinoa flour
(Grind buckwheat and quinoa into flour in a coffee grinder if you
don’t have the flour)
½ cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
(Cut apples up and cook in a little water till soft. Blend in a
blender till smooth)


Mix together well and roll out to 6mm thick and place onto
non-stick / solid sheets.

Dehydrate for 4 hours at 60-65°C.

Cut into suitable sizes / shapes and return to the dehydrator at
60-65°C until very dry.

Watch your cat just loving these delicious treats

Sweet Potato Toy for your Dog


2 large sweet potato cut in slices 1.5 – 2.5 cm thick, depending  on the size of your dog.

You will also need Rope – hemp or jute about 7mm thick.


Make holes in the centre of the sweet potato slices, big enough to fit your rope.

Place the sweet potato slices on your dehydrator and dehydrate at 60-65 ºC for 6-8 hours or until dry.

Cut a piece of rope about 35 cm long and tie a knot on one end.

Thread the rope through 3 slices of dried sweet potato and tie another knot.

Now thread another 3 slices of dried sweet potato, tie a knot. 

Repeat process until your toy is about 30cm long and then tie a knot at the end.

We are ready to play!

Tips to prepare healthy pet treats!

  1. Set the dehydrator at a temperature of 60°C or higher
  2. Avoid adding salt, sugar and dairy products to pet treats.
  3. Birds love chilli and are not affected by the capsaicin that causes the burning sensation in humans. Chilli is high in vitamins.
  4. Wash your vegetables and remove any rotten or damaged areas. Keep the vegetables in small, sliced pieces for better digestion.
  5. Store your dried pet treats in an airtight container in a dry, dark and cool area.
  6. To check if a treat is sufficiently dry cut one open and check that it is dry right through.
  7. Avoid giving dogs citrus which can cause an upset stomach. Do not include grapes in cat and dog treats.
  8. Avoid including onion and garlic in recipes.
  9. Corn is often quoted as being an allergen to dogs and cats. This however has been disproven and no more of an allergen than animal proteins including chicken, beef, dairy and eggs.
  10. Add food grade diatomaceous earth to blended pet treats to rid your pets of worms and other parasites.

Safe foods for dogs:

  1. Safe fruits: Apple, Apricot, Banana, Blueberries, Melon, Mango, Pear, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries.
  2. Safe Vegetables: Bell peppers, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Green beans, Lettuce, Pumpkin, Peas, Spinach, Sweet potato and
  3. Grains: such as oats and rice are very safe.
  4. Safe and beneficial herbs: Oregano, Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Parsley.
    Coconut oil is excellent for your dog’s coat, general health and can be included in pet treats.

With a dehydrator, you can “warm” your salad at 45 C for 20 mins – this brings it to a lovely temperature and also releases all the flavours.

Dehydrate leftover salad, to make a delicious crispy snack ! Create delicious crackers and vegetable chips to increase your treats for winter. And now that paw-paws are coming into season, scroll down for the recipe to make a delicious Paw-Paw Wrap and I’ve also included the recipe for Spicy Apple Rings!

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As it is not something that you use every day, sharing a dehydrator is feasible. You can rotate it weekly. If you had a few friends or family members interested, this could be a way to get one. A few of my clients have successfully done this. Plan your dehydrating so you use all 6 trays optimally, when it is your turn

* Sweet & Savoury Snacks
* Crackers & Flat breads
* Fruit rolls
* Wraps
* Health Bars
* Raw food delights -Burgers & Biscuits
* Vegan Biltong and other tasty treats for the whole family
* Great for arts and crafts
* Cake and biscuit decor
* Drying flowers
* Granola and Energy bars
* Hiking and camping – dehydrated meals and snacks
* Treats for your pets

EXCITING NEWS: If you have a dehydrator or planning to invest in one and you live in Johannesburg or Pretoria, Rooted in Love offers training. Contact Ayanda if you would like help making Sweet and Savoury treats like biscuits, health bars, crackers and biltong -just to mention a few. You can book your session by emailing Or Call 073 439 2210



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