Raw dog food with a golden paste dog treat and turmeric tater tots for humans on a plate

Golden Paste Treats for Dogs: Easy Paw Print Recipe + Turmeric Tater Tots For Me

Golden paste treats for dogs are one of my favorite homemade supplements.

I’ve been adding them to my dogs’ raw meals since 2016 because of their massive anti-inflammatory benefits.  

A Golden Paste Treat for Dogs added to a raw dog food meal

Disclaimer: This blog post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated in 2024. It contains affiliate links I may earn compensation through at no additional cost to you. 

Golden Paste Treats For Dogs: Recipe

I’ve posted the recipe I use to make golden paste, aka turmeric paste, for the pups once before when I wrote about the 5 key benefits of turmeric paste for dogs.

The beauty of the paste are its anti-inflammatory qualities that benefit dogs who run and jump a lot. That’s because both activities are hard on their joints. 

That said, it’s a wonderful natural joint supplement that I use for my pups as a preventative measure to keep their joints from getting stiff.

It also offers a natural means of pain relief for dogs suffering from hip dysplasia. That’s one of the most common causes of arthritis of the hips.

Here’s what I use to make the golden paste dog treats/paw prints: 

  • 1 cup filtered water 
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
Raw Dog Food Featuring A Golden Paste dog Treat in a stainless steel dog bowl
Raw dog food with a golden paste dog treat

I pour the water into a pot, add the turmeric powder, stir and let the concoction simmer for about 8 minutes on low to medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Once it thickens, I stir in the coconut oil and the freshly ground pepper.

That’s all!

Measuring Out The Ingredients For a Batch Of Homemade Golden Paste
What you’ll need to make golden paste treats for dogs

I then pour the paste into the silicone paw print molds and let it freeze overnight.

Once the paw prints are solid frozen, I pop one out of the mold and top a raw breakfast or dinner off with it.

I usually have more golden paste than the mold can hold, so I pour the leftovers into a glass jar that can either go into the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or into the freezer. 

FYI: Dogs can have 1/4 teaspoon of the golden paste per 10 lb of body weight per day.

Paw Print Mold Filled With Homemade Golden Paste for dogs

Turmeric Tater Tots For Me: Recipe

Since turmeric is as nutritious for my pups as it is for me, I came up with this delicious recipe for humans.

Recipe For Turmeric Tator Tots

I’m in my mid thirties update 2024: early 40s and fairly healthy. However, M Y joints appreciate a little preventative TLC as well.

That said, my favorite way of consuming turmeric powder is on tater tots.

You guys, this recipe really is super simple!

Here’s what you do:

Cut up (sweet) potatoes, sprinkle with olive oil, turmeric powder, salt, pepper, & cumin, then bake in the oven for around 30 minutes.

Besides turmeric powder, I also sprinkle Ras El Hanout and Tagine over the tots before they go into the oven.

I bought both spices at a Williams Sonoma outlet store a few years ago. Here’s what’s in them: 

Ras El Hanout – Paprika, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, allspice, mace, white pepper, rosebuds, nutmeg, cloves, saffron, and bay leaves.

Tagine – Paprika, black pepper, ginger and turmeric. 

I noticed that Williams & Sonoma no longer carry either, but you can get them on Amazon if you’re interested. 

Ras El Hanout and Tagine spices on a black plate on a granite kitchen counter
Spices Ras El Hanout and Tagine

Golden Paste Treats For Dogs: Bottom Line

I’d much rather wear my chef hat and whip up a natural joint remedy than have the pups or myself pop pills.

Also, it’s not a huge inconvenience as far as time is concerned. 

It takes about a good hour to make the turmeric tots since I boil the potatoes first (+/- 30 minutes to boil them), but the time spent preparing them is S O worth it!

They’re delicious and the perfect snack to go with catching up on my Homeland and Billions episodes.

Best of all – they’re a treat for my joints and go great with sautéed veggies and a drink!

Summer Drink Paired With Turmeric Tator Tots & Sauteed Veggies on a green plate on a granite kitchen counter
Turmeric Tator Tots & Sautéed Tomato/Carrot Paired With a Summer Drink

Whipping up the golden paste treats for the pups takes considerably less time.

Between getting the ingredients measured out, simmering the turmeric/water combination, adding the pepper and coconut oil and then pouring it into a container/mold, it takes about 15 minutes. 

Do you use turmeric when you cook for yourself and/or your dog(s)?

As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this blog post!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.







7 responses to “Golden Paste Treats for Dogs: Easy Paw Print Recipe + Turmeric Tater Tots For Me”

  1. Anna Avatar

    Thanks for sharing, Barbara! Rocky and I consume turmeric on daily basis. I am going to make paste today. Typically, I just some when I mix veggies, beans and kelp.

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      You guys are so healthy, I love it! Happy paste making 🙂

  2. Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets Avatar
    Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    Yum for everyone! I think you could skip the step of boiling the potatoes. I often make roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic salt, and I don’t cook them first. They only need to roast for about 45 minutes at 375 degrees and they are cooked thoroughly. I definitely want to try this recipe too….I could use the joint help!
    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of black pepper for dogs! We use the pure curcumin from Mercola instead of turmeric – would that work for this paste too do you think?

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      HA, well thank you for that tip, Jan! I believe I’m a lot more knowledgeable in preparing doggie food than the human kind, lol 😉 Next time I make the tots, I’ll skip the boiling part. That should also make it easier to cut the potatoes into more even cubes. #OCD

      I hadn’t heard for black pepper for dogs either until I learned about this golden paste recipe from Rodney Habib. The reason black pepper is added is because it increases the bioavailability of the turmeric by 2000%. Yup, 2000, not 200.

      I’m honestly not sure about the pure curcumin from Marcola.I would guess that you can also use it – maybe shoot them a message and ask if you can use it to make golden paste?

      1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

        P.S. Jan, I made the tots yesterday without boiling the potatoes first, and OMG, they came out even crispier than the first time around!

  3. DZ DogAdventures Avatar

    So funny! When I read the title my first thought was, “that sounds good enough for me to eat!” Thank goodness it actually was a human recipe!
    I like the treat recipe too though, we might have to try that one. I didn’t realize tumeric was so good for doggy joints!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Haha, yup, it sure was! It’s pretty cool how many super foods are suitable for both dogs & their humans. I’m making some more this weekend 🙂

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