When it comes to our four-legged companions, we want nothing but the best for them. Providing nutritious and flavorful treats is an essential part of showing our love and care. If you're looking for a homemade treat that will make your dog's tail wag with delight, look no further than pork apple meatball dog treats.
These meatballs are grain free, low in carbs and gluten free, made with natural ingredients. Feel free to add your own twist to the recipe.
These delectable meatballs combine the savory goodness of pork with the natural sweetness of apples, creating a mouthwatering flavor profile that will leave your pup begging for more. Not only are they incredibly tasty, but they also offer a range of health benefits that can contribute to your dog's overall well-being.
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Is Pork Safe for Dogs?
Pork can be a suitable protein source for dogs when fed in moderation and prepared properly. Pork is a good source of essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that are beneficial for your dog's health. It is crucial to cook pork thoroughly before feeding it to your dog, as raw or undercooked pork may contain harmful bacteria like Salmonella or parasites
Are Apples Safe for Dogs?
Apples are not only a popular fruit among humans but also a fantastic addition to your dog's diet. Packed with vitamins A and C, as well as dietary fiber, apples promote good digestion and assist in maintaining a healthy weight. Their natural sweetness adds a delightful flavor to these meatballs without any added sugars or artificial ingredients.
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.
Crafting these meatballs is a straightforward process that requires minimal time and effort. You can easily find all the ingredients at your local grocery store, making it a convenient option for pet owners seeking a homemade alternative to store-bought treats.
- Pork - use lean ground pork.
- Baby spinach - this could be substituted with defrosted spinach or chopped kale.
- Parsley - a great breath freshner.
- Apple - We used a green apple.
- Coconut oil - a safe cooking oil to use for dogs.
How to Make Pork Apple Meatball Dog Treats
We bake these doggie pork meatballs rather than frying to keep them healthier. You could try air frying them too.
Cook baby spinach in a pan.
Add spinach to mixture and scoop into balls.
Place meatballs on a baking tray and bake.
Pixie is ready to enjoy the meatballs.
Once cool, keep the doggie meatballs in a sealed container in the fridge. They should last up to 4 days.
These dog meatballs can be frozen. Store them in a zip lock bag and they will last up to 3 months in the freezer. Defrost thoroughly before giving as a treat.
Pork Apple Meatball Dog Treats
- 1 lb lean ground pork
- 1 green apple
- 1 ½ cups baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Heat the coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat and cook the baby spinach for 3-5 minutes until wilted.
- Peel the apple and remove the seeds and core. Grate it.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the spinach to ground pork, grated apple and parsley.
- Mix well with your hands (I wear gloves for this) and using a cookie scoop form into balls.
- Place the meatballs onto the prepared baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.
- Cool before serving.
- Prepare the meatballs and preheat the air fryer as per the manufacturers instructions.
- Lightly spray the air fryer basked with cooking oil and place the meatballs in the air fryer basket, in a single layer.
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