Every dog deserves treats—that’s just a fact. But managing your pet’s health and their taste for not-so-nutritious biscuits and chews can be a difficult balancing act. A treat loaded with fat and tons of calories might make your pupper happy in the short term, but in the long run, dog obesity and other health issues could have them feeling sluggish or worse, with risks including the development or worsening of pancreatic, orthopedic, hepatic, urinary, pulmonary and skin diseases, as well as diabetes. So why not bake up a DIY dog treat that’s both delicious and good for your dog?
These “green machine” DIY dog treats have just 3 percent fat, thanks to lite ingredients like fat-free yogurt. Plus, these healthy dog treats are also packed with nutrient-rich veggies like asparagus, green beans and spinach. Added bonus: You can eat the leftover veggies yourself, using them in a salad or roasting them in the oven. Now both you and your dog are on your way to living your best lives thanks to these healthy dog treats!
What you'll need:
- 1 stalk of asparagus
- 1 green bean
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 tablesoons fat-free yogurt, plain
- 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
- 1 cup whole wheat flour, plus 1/2 cup for rolling
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Food processor
- Large bowl
- Rolling pin
- 1-inch round cookie cutter (could also use a bottle cap)
- Baking sheet
One treat per pup
Calories per treat:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Chop asparagus and green beans into 1-inch pieces.
Put asparagus, green beans and spinach into food processor.
Process until the mixture resembles small flakes.
Transfer processed vegetables into a large bowl.
Add yogurt and applesauce. Mix well.
Add flour, 1/4 cup at a time, to the mixture.
Mix well after each addition.
Use your hands to knead the flour and wet mixture into a ball of dough.
Add flour if necessary.
Spray your baking sheet with nonstick spray.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a sheet 1/2 inch thick.
Using the cookie cutter, cut the dough into small rounds.
Place the rounds 1/2-inch apart on the baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and use spatula to transfer the treats to a plate. Let cool.
Spoil your dog with the DIY dog treats!
These healthy homemade dog treats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack. Treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food, less than 10 percent. Feeding more than that can lead to nutrient deficiencies, especially for dogs undergoing active weight loss. If your pet has health issues or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.