Homemade Vegan Dog Treats
Dr. Lakshmi KPhD in Food Science & Nutrition
4 min read
Oat or rice flour: 1 cup
Ripe bananas: 2
Peanut butter (unsweetened): 1/4 cup
Step 1 :
Take a clean bowl, add peeled bananas and unsweetened peanut butter. Mash everything until it is smooth in texture and consistency. Measure and pour half a cup of flour and mix until all the ingredients are evenly combined. Add the other half of the remaining flour and fold everything together. Use UR hands to form a solid ball of dough.
Step 2 :
Chill the dough for 20 minutes in the refrigerator to make the dough firm faster if UR in a hurry, or let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. Preheat UR oven to 160 C. Remove the dough from the fridge and place it on a parchment paper or on a well-floured counter.
Step 3 :
Roll the dough with a rolling pin without making it too thin. Cut small dog bone-shaped cookies or any shape of UR liking with a cookie cutter. Transfer the cookies onto a parchment paper-lined in a baking sheet. Use a fork to poke four holes in the center of each biscuit to let the steam out.
Bake the cookies for 30-35 minutes. Take the treats out of the oven and let them completely cool down before you transfer them into an air-tight container. Treat UR pet with these yummy treats when UR training them, or simply because they’re such a good boy and girl! The best part is that these biscuits can be eaten by pet parents too!
Oats, also known as Avena sativa, belong to the cereal clan that are commonly eaten in the form of oatmeal or rolled oats globally. Oats can be turned into a comforting porridge, healthy snacks and treats for UR pets and you! Over a few decades, oats have become a trendy health food, which isn’t just meant for humans but for UR pets too! Oats are rich in dietary fibre (containing more than other grains) and have healthy cholesterol-lowering properties too!
Rich in fiber and antioxidants.
Oats are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, B, zinc, iron and selenium. All of which, play an essential role in maintaining and improving health. Many of the antioxidants that oats contain, such as linoleic acid and vitamin E, can also help supplement UR pet’s liver, skin, fur, etc.
Great for skin and fur.
The best part is that oats are also used in many topical creams, shampoos and other pet products too that are gentle on UR pet’s skin and fur. The soothing properties found in oats help calm the skin when you or UR pet has skin rashes, bumps or any allergy-related skin concerns.
Bananas contain a number of vital nutrients such as potassium, magnesium and vitamins B6 and C. This superfood have been extensively studied and provides health benefits such as lower blood pressure, increased potassium intake, bone growth and nutrient absorption. Bananas are also rich in magnesium, which may help UR dog absorb other vitamins more efficiently and promote healthy bone growth. Like most fruits, bananas are sugar-problematic for dogs and lead to gastrointestinal problems, obesity and diabetes. UR dog would have to eat a lot of these fruits quite often to develop these conditions, but it’s best to make sure UR pooch doesn’t go overboard.
From a health perspective, there are a few facts you should be aware of before giving UR pets peanut butter. Peanut butter is rich in natural fats and protein, but too much can lead to obesity or unnecessary health concerns like pancreatitis. You can also make UR very own peanut butter with coconut oil, chia seeds and peanuts. This is one of the safest and healthiest peanut butter options that we highly recommend for cats, dogs, horses and even humans! Natural peanut butter is a great source of protein, vitamin B and E and healthy monounsaturated fats.
Note: It doesn’t hurt to determine whether it’s safe to feed UR pets peanut butter at all or regularly, you can contact UR veterinarian and ask his or her advice. This is especially important if UR pets have potential health conditions such as diabetes, digestive or any allergy sensitivities.