Everyone knows that homemade food almost always tastes better, and this also extends to our furbabies! They love some yummy homemade dog treats! Albeit, most dogs will usually eat anything placed in front of them…
My dogs love treats! I swear, if allowed, they would only eat treats. However, many store-bought treats will upset their stomach due to the many added ingredients and preservatives. Particularly, Jesse, she has gotten sick more than any dog I have ever known. She is also my pickest dog, is willing to eat dirt but is incredibly stubborn against certain brands or items of food.
I have always preferred giving my dogs homemade or limited ingredient food and treats, just so I know exactly what they’re eating. It also really helps keep them healthy and their coat shiny and soft!
These apple-based dog treats are great for those unused apples or simply a jar of unsweetened applesauce! Whatever is easiest for you, either does not really affect the overall taste or quality of the treats. Although I have found that my dogs will not eat the more tart apples, they enjoy the sweeter variation. Jesse also refused to eat apples unless they have been dehydrated or baked.
- 1 small finely chopped apple*
- 1 cup of apple sauce
- 1 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup of spinach – I typically use frozen
- 3/4 – 1 cup of flour – any kind on hand
You can also add some cinnamon to these treats as an added nutrient and breath freshener!
*I have found that dehydrated apples cook better than fresh, due to the excess moisture in fresh apples. I do often use fresh apples, I just try to remove as much liquid as possible.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain out the extra water in the spinach by placing it in a cotton towel or cheesecloth. Combine all ingredients into a medium-sized bowl until thoroughly mixed and has a doughy consistency. Add flour until reaching the desired consistency.
Spoon dollops onto a greased cookie sheet or into a muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove and cool completely before serving to your pooch.
Store on the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for 3 months. These are homemade, so I don’t advise keeping longer than you would a batch of muffins or bread.
I will give my dogs these treats usually in the bowl with their normal meals or stuff the frozen ones into a Kong. They love them and it adds extra nutrients and diversity into their diet!
Disclaimer: I am not a vet! These are simply treats that my dogs enjoy. Seek proper veterinary advice for any concerns or approval.
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