November 8, 2011

Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats


If you're a fan of mine on Facebook - then you know how much I've been researching a homemade diet for my Yellow Lab, Keeva. It's been a struggle trying to decide on whether or not to have her on a Vegan diet or not, trying to collect all the best information on what to feed her and how to feed her. I had her on Vegan kibble fore a few months before and her body did not react very well to it. Now I'm researching how to prepare her food myself instead of relying on kibble. If anybody has any advice I would greatly appreciate it!

03/04/2013 Update: Keeva has been on a mostly homeade vegan diet for almost a year now and she's doing amazing! She does eat kibble every now and then and she absolutley loves it! For more information on feeding your dog a homemade vegan diet - check out my post here!

I know there's one thing I can count on though and that would be these treats! Keeva absolutely loves these! Not only does she love to snack on them, but they're super nutritious for her! She get's the antioxidants from the blueberries and pumpkin + the omega-3 fatty acids and lignans from the flax seed meal. I think when I make these next time I'm going to add some sesame seed meal and molasses to add a little boost of calcium to her diet. They're super easy to make and you can cut them out into any shape you like! I found this cute bone cut out at a local kitchen supply store!. You could also do a fire hydrant cut out - or I've been thinking about taking this recipe and making Christmas cookies for her! If I do - I'll definitely share pictures!

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 cups 100% whole wheat flour (you could try using oat or brown rice flour for wheat free treats!)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup water

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Blend together the applesauce and pumpkin. Once the applesauce and pumpkin are well combined, stir in the flour and flax seed meal. Add in enough water until dough just becomes workable. The dough will be a little stiff, but don't worry, that's what we're going for! Work the rest of the ingredients together with your hands until all have become well incorporated. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut in to your desired shapes.

Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Press the blueberries into your treats (as shown in picture above.) Bake on one side for 20 minutes then turn over and bake on the other side for another 20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool before feeding to your pups!

9 comments:

  1. I agree with Elisabeth! I would eat those in a heartbeat! Both of my dogs were/are vegan, and they enjoy(ed) the most vibrant health! (One of our dogs died of non-diet-related causes a couple of years ago.) I found that the biggest problem with most vegan dog kibble is that it contains common allergens like wheat, corn, and soy. The only vegan dog kibble I've found that doesn't contain these allergens is Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Vegetarian Formula, and that's what we feed our dogs. Of course, homemade food is always best, but to ensure that your dog is getting all of her nutritional needs met, you will want to supplement her diet with something like VegeDog from vegepet.com :)

    And I would love to see photos of Keeva enjoying her Christmas cookies, if you decide to make them!

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  2. Thanks ladies!

    Vegiegail - Thanks for the advice. I had Keeva on Dick Van Patten's before and I don't think she reacted very well to it. I'm pretty sure she's going to get mainly home-cooked meals. Do you know of any good multi-vitamins for dogs?

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  3. Lindsay of Happy Herbivore blogged about what she feeds her vegan dogs here http://happyherbivore.com/2010/09/vegan-dogs/.

    She recommends Vegedog as a supplement which you can find at vegan essentials here http://store.veganessentials.com/vegedog-mix-by-hoana-p1837.aspx

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  4. I feed my dog a combination of Natures Recipe Healthy Skin Dog Food (happens to be vegan, found at most pet stores) and homemade food (cooked lentils, rice, carrots, peas, anything else on hand)...he loves it and is in perfect health!

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  5. I just made these and my pup loves them. Question though, how do you store them. In the fridge or out and how long do you think they last?

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    1. I'm so glad your pup loves them!! I store them in a zip-loc baggie and they stayed fresh for a week or two!

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  6. Hi- just a quick quest. Did you use fresh/ frozen ( unthawed blueberries? And did you blend them first to make into like a spread, then place a small amount in ea. end of biscuit or did you use an indiv. blueberry & place 1 on ea. end? Thanks! These look awesome!

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    1. I used frozen blueberries (since that's what I had on hand...you could probably use either!) and I placed one blueberry on each end!

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