Vegan dog treats recipe – Beware: super tasty!
Even for dogs that are given a complete food that meets all their nutritional needs, you may still want to spoil them from time to time. Do you already feed your pooch a vegetarian or vegan diet and want the perfect treat to round it off? Or perhaps animal protein is still on your menu, but you think it's great to have a veggie day from time to time? Then you've come to the right place. Read on to find out how to make super tasty vegan dog biscuits easily and with just a few ingredients. Unstoppable pets are guaranteed!
So easy and delicious!
Our vegan dog biscuits are made with just a few simple ingredients that you can find in any supermarket. What's more, the quantities are given in spoonfuls, so you don't even need to dig out your scales from the cupboard.
You will need the following ingredients for the biscuits:
- 2 bananas
- 16 tbsp. oat flakes
- 4 tbsp. peanut butter (unsweetened)
- Spelt flour
Why these ingredients?
All the ingredients used provide valuable vitamins and minerals but are also rich in energy. However, some sensitive four-legged friends may have an allergic reaction to one or more ingredients or may not tolerate them in large quantities. Therefore, first check whether your four-legged friend would be able to eat these treats and do not give them more than 1-2 vegan dog biscuits per day.
Bananas provide your four-legged friend with magnesium, potassium and vitamin C as well as other minerals and vitamins. However, they are also very high in energy and sugar and can cause digestive problems if eaten in large quantities.
If uncooked, oat flakes should only be used sparingly, as they tend to cause digestive problems, but in our vegan dog biscuits they are easily digestible. They contain valuable unsaturated fats, fibre, mucilage, vitamins of the B group as well as vitamin E, zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and are rich in omega fatty acids.
We don't know any dog that doesn't love peanut butter! Since it is already high in energy, make sure you get the unsweetened variety. As with humans, there is a rise in peanut allergies among dogs, also due to the high histamine content. If you are unsure, you can leave out this ingredient.
We use spelt flour instead of normal wheat flour because there is a lower risk of allergies. It is also easily digestible and has a high content of minerals and vitamins.
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Get out your mixing bowl!
Start with the bananas. After you have peeled them, mash them into a coarse paste. This is best done with a fork, as the yellow pulp tends to slip away under a spoon. Add the specified amount of peanut butter and oat flakes.
It’s now time to knead. You don't need a hand mixer or even a food processor, just your two hands. The mashed bananas and peanut butter make this a squishy task, but at least you can say you made the biscuits by hand.
At this point, you will see that shaping the dog biscuits will not work without another ingredient. Simply add a little spelt flour until the mixture reminds you of the last biscuit dough you made. Now let the mixture rest for about 20 minutes. This makes the dough easier to roll out later and it should no longer stick to your fingers.
Cut out & bake
When the dough has rested, roll it out with a rolling pin. If it still sticks to the rolling pin, dust with a little spelt flour and also dust the rolled-out dough to make it easier to handle.
You can now cut out the biscuits. There are no limits to your creativity. We have chosen dog bone biscuit cutters.
Place the biscuits on a baking tray and bake at 150° - 160° for 30-35 minutes on the middle shelf.
Not only your dog, but also you should keep a watchful eye on the baking dog biscuits: Once they are a nice golden brown, you can take them out. They may still be a little soft but once your homemade treats have cooled down, they'll be fine.
They shouldn't be too soft, though, as moisture encourages mould during storage. In this case, it's best to pop them back in the oven for a few more minutes.
Store...or give one to your dog right away!
You can store the biscuits in tin cans or preserving jars. The latter are usually airtight. For this type of storage, the dog treats should be well baked, otherwise mould will form.
Since your pooch probably stayed by your side while you were baking anyway and is now bound to give you the cute dog look, you can give him the first biscuit.
Even if your dog always looks at you sweetly, don't give him too many treats. On the one hand, they should still be seen as a reward. On the other, large amounts of individual ingredients can keep the digestive system of sensitive dogs rather busy.
To be on the safe side, you should stick to no more than 1-2 treats per day.
The bar of the acceptance test was high as Naila, Milo, Ronja, Sunny and Yanda proved to be exceptional lickers among our panel of volunteers. As you can see, all our four-legged friends literally snatched the treats out of their owners' hands.
When can your dog look forward to trying these vegan dog biscuits?