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Healthy Vegan Homemade Dog Treats

A 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

3/4 cup coconut flour

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

Ingredients

• 2 sweet potatoes

Instructions

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

Ingredients

•  1 1/2 cups uncooked oats

•  1 large banana

• 1/2 cup pure peanut butter (no added Xylitol)

 

Instructions

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:)

Chickpea blend

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!

Benevo cake mix

 

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!

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