You may have decided to consume a vegan diet for your health or because you have concerns about the environment and cruelty to animals. Even if you’re not vegan, you may have concerns about balancing out your dog’s diet. Unlike cats, dogs really aren’t true carnivores and can eat many plant-based foods that people eat. You can certainly find some very healthy vegan treats for dogs that can help balance out a non-vegan or a vegan diet.
What Are The Best Vegan Treats For Dogs?
If you’re committed to having a vegan household or not, you can consider this vegan dog treats a good part of a balanced diet.
1. DIY Banana Biscuits
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. You can either lightly grease a large cookie sheet or cover it with baking parchment paper.
To make the biscuit dough, simply mash up one fairly ripe banana into a cup of cooked oats, two tablespoons of ground flax, and one cup of whole-wheat flour. Then add one-third cup of melted oil, preferably coconut oil and one-quarter cup of warm water. Finally, add a dash of cinnamon and a dash of salt.
Roll the dough into one-inch balls and flatten on the cookie sheet to make small biscuits. Bake them for 20 minutes and then let them cool off before serving to your pup. You can store excess biscuits in the fridge or freezer inside of a closed container. They should stay fresh when stored cold for up to two weeks.
2. Pup’s PB and Banana Treats
This recipe uses only four ingredients, so they’re really easy. Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees and oiling or lining a baking sheet with parchment.
Make the dough by mashing a banana in with a one-quarter cup of peanut butter, one-quarter cup of wheat germ, and one-half cup of chopped peanuts. Roll out your dough and use a cookie cutter to create small treats. Then bake them for about 15 minutes, let them cool off, and watch your dog crave them.
3. PB and Pumpkin Pup Treats
Blend together one cup of instant oats, one-third cup of pumpkin puree, and one-quarter cup of peanut butter. Roll about one tablespoon of batter into a small ball and then flatten them into a cookie shape.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, let them cool off for about another half of an hour and then serve to your eager doggie. You should be able to store these in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
4. Sweet Potato Pooch Chews
These are absolutely the simplest vegan dog treat that you can make, but they require a little more time in the oven. Begin by preheating your oven to 250.
As usual, you will need to oil or line a large cookie sheet. Then slice a sweet potato into chips of about one-half inch. Lay them out in one layer on your pan and bake for about two hours until they get chewy but not crisp. You can store these in your fridge for a couple of weeks.
5. No-Bake Oatmeal Treats
These don’t require baking, but they do need to set in the fridge. You may prefer making these in the summer if you don’t care to heat up your home by turning on the oven.
Simply beat together two cups of old-fashioned oats, one cup of pureed pumpkin, and one-quarter cup of water. Roll the dough into one-half inch balls, then roll them in another one-half cup of old-fashioned oats. Let the balls sit in the fridge for a couple of hours until they have become firm. You’ll have to keep them in the fridge to keep them firm, but you should be able to store them cold in a closed container for about two weeks.
What To Know About Plant-Based Diets For Dogs
Canines can enjoy a flexible diet if you’re careful about meeting their nutritional needs. Yes, you can break off a piece of your peanut butter and banana sandwich and feed it to your furry friend without worrying it will harm him. At the same time, you also need to take care not to feed your pooch certain plant foods that they cannot tolerate well. Some examples of these types of food include onions and chocolate.
These basic recipes should give you a good idea of the kinds of plant-based ingredients that your dog will enjoy and that will also provide them with nutrients that they need to thrive. Enjoy coming up with your own variations. Some examples of the kinds of ingredients you can use include healthy grains, nuts, seeds, and oil. Still, you should do some research just to make sure they are good for dogs before including them in your own recipes. Have fun!