These easy Homemade Dog Treats are made with some of your favorite carrot cake ingredients, but healthy for your fur baby!
Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 20mins
Servings: 40(2-inch) treats
1cupapplesauce(plain, unsweetened, without any additives)
1/4cupalmond butter or peanut butter(raw and natural, unsalted and unsweetened, and free of any flavors and xylitol)
4cupsoat flour(plus 1/2 cup more if necessary and for dusting)
1cupgrated carrots(peeled first)
1/2cupcoconut flakes(unsweetened natural)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the applesauce, almond butter, and eggs together until blended.
Add in the oat flour, carrots, and coconut flakes until just incorporated. (If you pinch a piece and it crumbles, add a little water. If it’s really sticky, you’ll need to add a little more oat flour, 1/4 cup at a time and not exceeding 1/2 cup. You want the dough slightly tacky, but not overly.)
Transfer the dough to a surface lightly sprinkled with oat flour and knead 3-4 times until it comes together.
Using a rolling pin sprinkled with oat flour, roll out the dough to a 1/2-inch thickness.
Using cookie cutters, cut out the desired shapes and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
Place in the oven and bake until the treats are dry and edges are golden, about 18-20 minutes.
Let cool completely.
If you don't want to buy oat flour, you can easily make it! Using a food processor, grind up 5 cups of old fashioned oats until your reach a powder like consistency, much like regular flour.
These particular treats were formed at 1/2-inch thickness and using a 2-inch cookie cutter. They are fully baked at 18 minutes, but I baked them for 20 minutes to get them a little crunchier. You can increase the crunch-factor even further after the 18 minute mark by turning off the oven, opening the door a crack, and leaving the treats inside while the oven cools down for about 30 minutes. Allowing them to cool on a wire rack makes them crispier, too. Also keep in mind that these treats will get crunchier after they’ve cooled completely.
Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the treats. Serving size will also vary depending on the desired shapes and cookie cutters used.
For storage: After baking, make sure they have completely cooled - I mean COMPLETELY. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, the refrigerator for 4 weeks, and in the freezer for up to 4 months. (Always look at the treat before giving it to your dog; if it looks at all soggy, discolored, or moldy, don't feed it to him and throw the remainder out.)
Nobody knows your dog like you do, and not all dogs digest human food the same. Use your best judgement and as with any treat, feed in moderation.
Nutritional information given is an automatic calculation and can vary based on the exact products you use and any changes you make to the recipe. If these numbers are very important to you, I would recommend calculating them yourself.