This homemade chicken cranberry meatballs for dogs recipe is great for the holidays. Easy, colourful and the dogs love them.
This is an easy recipe that can be served as a treat or a main dish with a side of cooked vegetables and rice. I like the mix of colours and the dogs enjoyed the flavours!
Can dogs eat cranberries
Fresh cranberries are great for dogs as they are full of antioxidants and vitamin C. As with every fruit and dogs, don't overdo it and test them with a couple of raw ones to see if they like them.
This was the first time I had given my dogs cranberries and they loved them. It might have been something to do with them being baked with chicken but there was no hesitation which Pixie sometimes does with fruit.
Always check with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods into your dog’s diet.
Although raw cranberries are great, it's best to avoid dried cranberries as they are often full of sugar and may contain xylitol, which is dangerous for dogs. As for canned cranberries, I would not even recommend that to a human.
How to make chicken cranberry meatballs
For this chicken meatballs for dogs recipe we used low carb and gluten free flours. Coconut flour and ground flaxseed are low in carbs, high in fiber and gluten free. Plus, I bake with them a lot and had them to hand! Both flours are great for absorbing liquid and make a great binder.
For the spinach we used frozen and defrosted but fresh is a great option.
We baked these in a silicone mini muffin tray for neatness and for a fun mini muffin look. Not that the dogs care about this! Rolling them into balls and baking on a tray is also a good option.
How to store chicken meatballs
Once cool, store the chicken meatballs in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They will last up to 4 days.
These chicken meatballs for dogs can be frozen and will last up to 3 months in the freezer. Ensure that they are cool and kept in a zip lock bag or air tight container.
Other dog friendly flours can be used if you don't have coconut flour or ground flaxseed.
Replace the spinach with fresh kale if you don't have spinach.
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Chicken Cranberry Meatballs for Dogs
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 cup spinach frozen, defrosted
- ½ cup cranberries, fresh
- 1 ½ cups coconut flour
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper (or use a mini muffin tin as we did)
- In a large bowl add all the ingredients and mix well.
- With your clean damp hands or using a cookie scoop form meatballs, about the size of a large walnut.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until firm and golden.
- Cool before giving to your dog.