Although dogs don’t need veggies in their diet, different fruits and vegetables can be included in their meal. The nutritional benefits of vegetables bring in a lot of value and that’s the reason why many commercial dog foods use them as ingredients. Similarly, you can also make vegetable dog treats at your home and following are some of the scrumptious recipes.
Healthy Dog Treats with Vegetables
Are you looking for a dog treat recipe that is healthy, nutritious, and easy to make? These vegetable biscuits fulfill all these requirements and are extremely tempting for your pup.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
- 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
- 1 zucchini, shredded
- 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
- Gradually add old fashioned oats and 2 ½ cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional ¼ cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini, and spinach, beating just until incorporated.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to ¼-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes, and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
- Let cool completely.
Thank you to Damn Delicious for this recipe.
Vegetable Dog Treats Recipe
Sweet potato is one of the favorite vegetables of canines. They love to munch on this vegetable and what’s better for a snack than baked chips. They are super easy to make and you can choose a variety of spices according to your pet’s preference. We have used basil and cinnamon but you can also use coriander, dill, turmeric, rosemary, etc.
- 1 Sweet Potato
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
- Spices – Basil, Cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Wash and peel the sweet potato.
- Cut the sweet potato into evenly-sized long and skinny (fry shaped) pieces.
- Coat with oil and spices. Mix in a large bowl or Ziploc bag.
- Place fries on the baking sheet in one layer.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Flip over fries for even baking.
- Bake for another 10-15 minutes.
- Let cool before giving to your dog.
Thank you to Beagles & Bargains for this recipe.
Homemade Vegetable Dog Treats
Vegetables are healthy not only for us but also for our dogs. These turmeric dog treats harness the goodness of green vegetables, crunchy carrots, and yummy applesauce. In addition to that, the use of gluten-free flours makes sure that these vegetable dog treats stay healthy. The following list of ingredients yields 35 heart-shaped treats.
- 1 ½ cups brown rice flour
- ¾ cup oat flour
- 1 cup fresh, baby spinach (finely chopped)
- 1 cup raw carrot (unpeeled and coarse grated)
- ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
- ½ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
- ¼ cup plain yogurt (low fat or fat-free)
- 1 tsp baking powder (gluten-free variety)
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
Optional Yogurt Glaze:
- ½ tsp plain yogurt
- 2 tsp water
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking tray with parchment or silicone baking mat.
- Put brown rice flour and oat flour (sieved) into a medium-sized bowl. Add baking powder and stir to combine.
- Finely chop spinach and parsley and coarsely grate carrots (washed but unpeeled).
- Put spinach, parsley, carrots, and applesauce into a large bowl and stir with a wooden spoon to mix well. Add yogurt and stir into fruit/vegetable mixture. Sprinkle turmeric over mixture and stir in.
- Add flour mix to the vegetable mixture one cup at a time. Stir well between each addition. Once all flour is mixed in, use your hands to form the dough. Knead well, adding more flour if the dough is too sticky.
- Turn dough out onto floured wax paper and top with a second sheet. Roll dough out to 1/4″ thickness and use cookie cutters to cut treats into the desired shape.
- Mix yogurt and water to form a glaze and brush it over treats before baking. (optional)
- Bake at 325F for 35 minutes.
- Remove treats from oven and allow to cool completely. Store treats in refrigerator for 7 – 10 days.
Thank you to Wiggle Worthy for this recipe.
Dehydrated Vegetable Dog Treats
These dehydrated green beans serve as a perfect snack for your dog. They satisfy your pups’ desire to crunch and help you save a lot of money. The given quantity of green beans can be used to make 20 servings.
- 16 ounces Green Beans
- Set dehydrator to 170 degrees.
- Evenly spread green beans on dehydrator trays. Allow space between for air to pass through while drying.
- Dehydrate beans for 8 hours or until all beans are crunchy.
- Remove from dehydrator and allow to cool completely before storing in a glass airtight container.
- Place in a dark, cool location, and they will keep for up to 2 months.
Thank you to The Pet Lifestyle Guru for this recipe.
Dehydrated Sweet Potato Dog Treats Recipe
Many dogs enjoy the taste of dehydrated whole foods, like sweet potatoes. The prices of such commercial products are extremely high and can become difficult to afford. Fortunately, you can make dehydrated sweet potato dog treats at home. The following recipe will produce 5 trays of this delicious snack.
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1/2 pound green beans
- 2 red bell peppers
- Fill a stockpot about three-quarters full of water and set to boil. If the water boils before you’re done prepping, just turn it down to medium-low until you need it. It will perk back up quickly.
- Rinse all your veggies well.
- Snap or snip the ends off your green beans and set aside.
- Peel sweet potatoes and slice into 1/4″ pieces, rounds, or strips. If you have a mandoline slicer, this step goes quickly.
- Put green beans and sweet potatoes in boiling water to blanch for 4 minutes.
- Add ice and cold water to a large bowl to drain blanched veggies when they’re ready.
- Prepare sweet bell peppers by removing seeds and white pith. Slice into 1/4″ strips.
- Remove beans and potatoes when done by dipping a long-handled strainer into the boiling water, draining a second, and then pouring veggies into ice-bath.
- When all veggies are removed from the boiling water, add the bell pepper strips and blanch for 1 minute. Remove them from the stockpot and add to the ice bath.
- When all veggies are cooled, proceed to the drying stage.
- On a large cookie sheet or sheet pan, place a clean dry tea towel or two layers of paper towel.
- Place cooled veggies onto the dry towel, adding another towel on top and another layer of veggies on top of that until are the veggies are nestled in. Pat or squeeze gently.
- Layer dried veggies onto dehydrator trays, taking care to make sure nothing is touching.
- Dehydrate between 110-140 degrees for at least 8 hours.
- If you want your sweet potatoes chewier, you can pull them out and continue drying your other veggies to the crisp stage.
- When fully dehydrated, allow veggies to cool to room temperature. Then, pack loosely in an airtight container or bag.
Thank you to Rover for this recipe.