Enjoy the warm smells of fall with these baked apple and cranberry dog treats. Baked with coconut flour, these grain free treats are a healthy treat your dogs will enjoy.
These treats are not only tasty but also offer several health benefits. Coconut flour is a gluten-free, low carb and grain-free alternative to traditional flours. It is rich in fiber, healthy fats, and protein. The unsweetened applesauce adds natural sweetness and moisture, while the dried cranberries provide a burst of flavor and antioxidants. The eggs contribute additional protein and help bind the ingredients together.
These easy baked apple dog treats can be baked with other flours if your dog does not like coconut flour. Mine enjoyed these homemade treats, but they seem to eat everything but cucumber.
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Is Apple Sauce Safe for Dogs?
Yes, unsweetened applesauce is generally safe for dogs in moderation. It can be a healthy addition to their diet and can even be used in homemade dog treats. We use our sugar free homemade apple sauce. Choose unsweetened applesauce and check that any store bought applesauce does not contain added sugars or artificial sweeteners like xylitol, as these can be harmful to dogs.
Benefits of Cranberries for Dogs
Cranberries are a safe fruit for dogs and are known for their ability to promote urinary tract health. They contain compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACs), which can help prevent the adhesion of bacteria, such as E. coli, to the urinary tract walls. This can help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections in dogs.
Remember to go slowly when introducing new foods. And we recommend checking with your veterinarian first if your dog has any digestive issues or other health concerns.
Grab your ingredients and get ready to bake healthy apple dog treats.
- Apple Sauce - you could use grated apples instead.
- Cranberries - fresh or frozen can be used.
- Coconut Flour - this can be substituted with rice flour or wholewheat flour. Coconut flour can be absorb a lot of of liquid.
- Ground Flaxseed - we use golden ground flaxseed as it's high in omega fatty acids which is great for your dog's coat and skin.
- Cinnamon - as well as adding a great taste, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Egg - A great source of protein.
How to Make Baked Apple Dog Treats
The dough can be made by hand in a bowl, but it's quicker to use a food processor.
Blitz all the ingredients in a food processor.
Form the mixture into a dough.
Roll out the dough.
Cut the dough into shapes and bake.
- Roll the dough in between two sheets of parchment paper with a rolling pin.
- If you mix the dough in a bowl, the cranberries will be chunkier. Try to mash them for even baking.
Store these dog biscuits in an airtight container to maintain their freshness and keep them in the refrigerator. They should last up to a week.
Freeze the treats by placing them in an airtight container or freezer bag and keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. Defrost before giving the treats out.
Baked Apple Cranberry Dog Treats
- Preheat the oven to 200c/400F degrees and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth.
- Remove and form into a dough. If the mixture is too wet, add more coconut flour.
- Roll out the dough in between 2 layers of parchment paper.
- Use cookie cutters in fun shapes like bones or hearts to cut out the treats from the dough. Place them onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving a small gap between each treat.
- Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the treats turn golden brown and crispy. Turn them over half way through cooking.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the treats to cool completely before serving them to your dog.
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