3 Healthy Dog Treats That Your Pet Will Love

Candy, chocolate, ice cream and cake are just some of the treats that we love and crave for from time to time. Like us, our pets also deserve treats – it’s a good way to reward them for good behavior and a job well done during training. It’s also good to give them refreshing treats on a hot sunny day. If you want to make sure that your furry friend is eating and snacking healthy (without the preservatives from the store-bought variety), it’s ideal to make your own dog treats.

Here are some easy healthy dog treat recipes you can make:

Crunchy Apple Pupcakes

What you need:

  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup dried apple chips (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon vanilla extract

Combine egg, water, applesauce, honey and vanilla extract in a bowl. Stir in whole wheat flour, apple chips, and baking powder to the bowl. Mix to combine ingredients well. Pour mixture into lightly greased muffin pans and bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Allow to cool before giving to your pet.

Leftovers Doggie Trail Mix

What you need:

  • Potatoes, boiled, peeled and sliced
  • Leftover meat (if seasoned, remove flavoring), shredded or sliced into bite size pieces
  • Fruits (except grapes and raisins), sliced into bite size pieces
  • Vegetables (except onions), sliced into bite size pieces
  • Cooking spray

Mix together all ingredients in a large glass bowl and spray lightly with cooking spray. Mix. Place in a food dehydrator or a pre-heated oven (200F) until dried out. Allow to cool then pack in re-sealable plastic bags.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Ball Treats

What you need:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, water, molasses and vegetable oil. Carefully stir in whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda to the bowl and stir until mixture softens. Scoop small spoonfuls of the dough and roll into small balls using your hands. Place dough balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet, flatten with a fork and bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) until hardened, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Ensure that your furry friend is consuming nutritious snacks with these healthy dog treat recipes!

Source by Mary L. James

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