While it’s certainly true that dog are not vegetarians, they do benefit greatly from select fruits and veggies in their diets. But knowing which ones are safe to feed your dog and how to prepare them can be tricky. Here are 15 fruits and veggies your dog will love.
1. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Jerky for Dogs (and People, Too)
This is one you and your dog can together. 🙂
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Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.
Cut sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch wide strips or potato-chip like slices (thinly cut)
Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets and bake for 3-4 hours, testing for doneness every 15 minutes after the three hour mark.
You can take a nibble out of a cooled strip to test it for the right amount of crunchiness for your personal preference.
Serve people-chips with your favorite dips.
These store in the fridge for up to three weeks and the freezer for four months.
Sweet Potato Cookies (For Dogs and/or Humans)
1 cup mashed steamed sweet potato
2 and a half (2.5) cups wheat flour or oats
one quarter cup (0.25) unsweetened applesauce
(If you’re cooking JUST for your dogs, grind up the eggshells in the blender and mix into the batter. If you’re serving to dogs AND people, you can leave out the egg shells.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
To make steamed, mashed sweet potato: prick potato with a fork all over and microwave for six minutes. Cut open and scoop out center and mash with fork.
Mix all ingredients into a dough consistency.
Turn out on floured surface and roll out to one half inch if using flour, or spread onto cookie sheet with back of a spoon if using oats. If using flour, use cookie cutters or pizza cutter to trim dough into strips.
Place on ungreased sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
Many dogs will eat apple slices raw (just don’t feed them the seeds), but you can also cook up some yummy treats using apples as well. Just don’t feed them the core or seeds.
Apple Crunch Cakes
2 and three quarters (0.75) cups water
one quarter (0.25) cup unsweetened applesauce (or make your own by cutting, cooking, and mashing apples)
2 Tablespoons honey
one quarter teaspoon vanilla or vanilla extract
1 cup dried apple chips
1 Tablespoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together honey, applesauce, water, egg, and vanilla.
Stir in dry ingredients and mix well.
Pour into lightly greased muffin tins and bake for 75 minutes.
Cool to room temperature before serving to people or dogs.
3. Watermelon (Seedless preferred)
Many dogs love raw watermelon, but you’ll have to dig out the seeds before feeding it to your dog since eating watermelon seeds can cause digestive issues for your dog. No cooking required on this one, just slice and enjoy.
Your dog may eat carrots raw, especially if you cut them into strips and brush them with a little olive oil. But if you want to bake up some goodness for your dogs, they may like these apple carrot biscuits.
Apple Carrot Biscuits
2 and 1/2 (2.5) cups whole wheat flour
1/2 (0.5) cup oats
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 apple peeled and grated
1/2 (0.5) cup grated carrots
1 egg, beaten
1/3 (0.33) cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
1/4-1/2 cup Water (note: the apples add moisture, so only add extra water if necessary)
- Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a cookie sheet.
- Peel and grate apple and carrots (I used food processor).
- In one bowl, mix the flour, oats, and brown sugar. In separate bowl, beat the egg and mix in the oil, water, and grated apples and carrots. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients bowl and mix completely.
- Carefully roll ‘dough’ out and cut out desired shape with chosen cookie cutter.
- Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until apple juices are soaked and biscuits are firm.
- After biscuits cool, feel free to share with the pups in your life! Store in air-tight container.
- Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
- Serving size: makes 15-20 dog biscuits, depending on the size of cookie cutter
Recipe courtesy of: ReluctantEntertainer.
5. Green Beans
Green beans are healthy treats for your dog. You can serve them raw, brushed with a little olive or coconut oil, or dehydrated (directions for dehydrating green beans for dogs are here).