These grain free banana carrot treats for dogs are baked in a Dash dog treat maker for a quick and easy dog treat. Whether you're using a Dash dog treat maker or your oven, these treats are easy to whip up and are sure to have your dog's tail wagging with delight.
This grain-free banana carrot dog treat recipe is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients from bananas and carrots, making it an excellent choice for your four-legged family member.
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Are Carrots Healthy for Dogs?
Carrots are generally considered a healthy and safe treat for dogs. They are a low-calorie, nutrient-rich vegetable that can be a valuable addition to your dog's diet in moderation.
Carrots are a good source of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin K, potassium, and fiber, which can contribute to your dog's overall health.
We have used grain-free ingredients for this recipe but you can swap them for your own preference.
- Banana - use a ripe banana for easier mashing.
- Grated carrots - finely grate them for easier mixing.
- Rice flour - this can be substituted by other dog friendly flours.
- Oats - Adds texture to the treat dough.
- Ground flaxseed - is a good source of various nutrients, particularly omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
- Ginger - an anti-inflammatory spice.
How to make carrot treats for dogs
Using a Dash dog treat maker is quick and easy but these homemade treats can also be baked. Our dough made 8 chunky bones shapes with a bit of an overspill. You may want to roll yours smaller to make more treats from the dough.
Place all ingredients in a bowl.
Mix to form a dough.
Shape the dough into 8 logs.
Place in the Dash dog treat maker and cook.
Dash Dog Treat Maker
Baking Banana Carrot Dog Treats
If you don't have a dog treat maker, these dog treats can be baked in the oven. The dough can be rolled flat, shapes cut and placed on a baking tray. When rolling out the dough, use a lightly floured surface to prevent sticking. You can use dog-themed cookie cutters to create fun shapes or simply cut the dough into small squares or rectangles.
Bake at 180C/350F degrees for 25 minutes, turning over after 15 minutes until firm.
Use ripe bananas for your treats. Ripe bananas are sweeter and easier to mash, which will enhance the flavor of the treats.
Depending on the moisture content of your ingredients, you may need to adjust the dough's consistency. If the dough is too dry and crumbly, add a small amount of water or more mashed banana. If it's too sticky, add a bit more flour.
Remember that these are treats, not a main meal. Keep the treat sizes small to avoid overfeeding your dog.
Store the treats in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. You can also freeze a portion of them to extend their shelf life.
Remember that homemade dog treats typically have a shorter shelf life than commercially produced ones, as they lack the preservatives and additives found in many commercial products. Therefore, it's essential to keep a close eye on the treats, especially if they contain ingredients prone to spoilage, such as fresh fruits or vegetables.
Banana Carrot Treats for Dogs
- ¼ cup finely shredded carrot
- 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup rice flour
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- Place all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and mix into a dough. If the mixture is too dry, add water to bind. If it is too wet, add more flour.
- Cut the dough into 8 pieces and roll into logs to fit into the bone shapes of the dog treat maker.
- Preheat the treat maker as per the manufacturers instructions
- Lightly spray the surface of the treat maker with cooking oil.
- Place the dough logs into the bone shapes and close the lid.
- Cook for 5 to 8 minutes until golden and remove with silicone tongs.
- Allow to cool before serving.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.