We all agree that good food makes the season of the new year that much brighter, and if you’re a dog lover, it may be tempting to share the holiday leftovers with your pet. Unfortunately, many of these dishes are often high in fat and sugars – things that could potentially wreak havoc on your dog’s digestive system.
Instead of offering your four-legged friend dessert leftovers from your last meal, try making him some dog-friendly treats of his own. We found recipes for some guilt-free, home-baked goods below that are not only fun to make, but delicious, too.
PB & Ginger Snaps
This is a sweet, yet nutty combo that will have your pooch begging you for more!
- 2 Cups Almond Flour
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
- 1/2 – 3/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 3 Tablespoons Ground Ginger
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup Water
Preheat oven to 165 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and make small balls. Roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes turn off the oven and leave the treats inside for 45 minutes – until crisp.
Apple Mint Dog Treats
These calorie-conscious, minty treats are festive green and good to eat!
- 1½ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 cup oat bran
- 2 tablespoons dry milk
- 1 ½ teaspoons dry baking yeast
- 2 tablespoons chopped spearmint leaves
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 teaspoons green or red powdered food coloring
- 7/8 cup water
Combine ingredients and roll into 1/4” strips with a non-stick rolling pin. Use a mini bone cookie cutter to cut the dough. Bake at 250 degrees F for an hour. Let the dog bones cool overnight.
Apple Carrot Dog Biscuits
If you have a health-savvy pup, these apple carrot dog treats will hit the spot without leaving a dent in your pet’s belly after the holidays.
- 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 TBSP brown sugar (optional if your dog doesn’t like sugar)
- 1 apple, cored and grated (leave the peel on)
- 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and grated
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4-1/2 cup water (add extra water as needed)
Grease a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel and grate carrots, core and grate apples. Use two bowls: mix brown sugar, flour, and oats in one – beat the egg, while mixing in oil, water, apples and carrots in the other. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix well. Roll out the dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutter. Bake 40-45 minutes or until apple juices are soaked and biscuits are firm. Let cool.