Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: Favorite Fruit and Oat Treats

Store bought dog treats: cookies and also even most dog foods are often filled with ingredients that are not necessarily very healthy for dogs. Nutrition is key to a long and healthy life, and the responsibility lies with the owner to ensure a proper diet. In most cases, taking a quick look at the label will reveal some of the worst ingredients imaginable.

Many store bought brands list meat and grain by-products as well as animal by-products as a main ingredient in dog treats and dog kibble. While this may increase a dog’s carbohydrate intake it is not necessarily what is needed for a balanced diet. Many pet food companies use these products simply because they are inexpensive, and these ingredients act as a filler.

This simple and very healthy recipe for dog treats is full of vitamins like B6, C and K. They are so full of antioxidants that they can help to neutralize a wide range of diseases and keep a pooch in great health. This recipe will help to boost any dog’s health and offer a tasty alternative to traditional dog treats.

Ingredients that are Needed for this Recipe:

  • ¼ cup of fresh, organic blueberries
  • ½ banana
  • ½ apple
  • ½ cup of 2% milk or soy milk
  • 2/3 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 ¼ cup rye flour

Dog Cookie Cooking Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit to get started, then peel and slice the banana and apple. Using a blender on medium speed, blend together the banana, blueberries, apple and milk. Once these ingredients appear smooth pour them into a medium sized bowl. Into the bowl goes the rolled oats and rye flour. Stir all of the above ingredients gently until they are well mixed together. Place round balls onto a cookie sheet greased lightly with butter or margarine. Do not squish the cookie balls. Bake dog treats for 12 to 15 minutes; they should appear to be crispy and golden brown on the outside when they are ready.

This recipe will produce approximately 15 dog treats; store them in a jar for no longer than 1 week or right in the fridge for about 2 weeks. If the dog cookies are stored in the freezer they can last for up to 3 weeks. Due to the fact that these treats have blueberries do not over feed them to any dog as this may cause an upset stomach. For larger dogs do not exceed 4 cookies daily and adjust the amount as the size of the dog varies. These treats are meant to have a soft chewy texture, a good choice for training puppies or for older dogs as they are so easy on the jaw. Once the cookies come out of the oven let them cool until they are edible. Then share them with a canine. Happy cooking!