Grain-Free Carrot and Spinach Dog Treats
*Always check with your vet before introducing new foods into your dog’s diet.
Grain-free dog treats that’ll make your pup’s tail wag!
Does your dog have grain sensitivities or require a grain-free diet? Grain-Free Carrot and Spinach Dog Treats may be a great option for your pup. These treats are free from wheat, oats, rice, and other common grains found in many treats and dog foods. Instead, they contain just 6 simple ingredients: pumpkin puree, nut butter, eggs, almond flour, spinach, and carrots. Even if your dog is not on a special diet, she will love these treats!
Spinach and carrots contains iron, vitamins A, B, C, and K, fiber, potassium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants that are beneficial for your pup’s immune system and vitality. Pumpkin puree is high in fiber and can help with digestive health.
When choosing a nut butter for this recipe, look for one that contains no added sugars, salt, or additives. Natural peanut butter is a good option (the kind that must be stirred and refrigerated). Cashew or almond butter is also a good choice.
How to make Grain-Free Carrot and Spinach Dog Treats
These treats are easy to make! Simply mix together the pumpkin puree, nut butter, and eggs in an electric stand mixer. Gradually add in the almond flour, about a half cup at a time. Once the flour is incorporated, add in the shredded carrots and spinach and stir.
You have a couple of option for shaping your treats. You can either shape by hand or roll the dough out and use cookie cutters. If you prefer smaller treats, we’d suggest shaping the treats by hand. Simply take a marble-size piece of dough and mold it into your preferred shape. Hearts are a simple shape to create and they are so cute too!
If you choose to roll the dough out, we’d recommend chilling the dough in the refrigerator for an hour first. This will stiffen the dough and make it easier to handle. Coat your rolling pin and cookie cutter with almond flour to prevent sticking. Use a thin spatula or knife to help lift and transport the treats to the baking sheet. No cookie cutters on hand? You can also roll the dough out and cut it into squares using a knife.
Once you have your treats shaped, bake them on a parchment-lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. Baking time will depend on the size and thickness of your treats. They are done when the edges turn golden brown.
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup nut butter no add salt, sugar, or additives
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups almond four
- 1-2 Carrots peeled and shredded
- 1 cup baby spinach chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In an electric mixer, beat together pumpkin puree, nut butter, and eggs until well combined.
- Add in flour gradually, approximately a half cup at a time. Mix until incorporated.
- Add in spinach and carrots. Mix until incorporated.
- Knead dough into a ball. Either roll the dough out and use cookie cutters to create shapes, or use your hands to shape into small heart or flat, circular dog biscuits. (If rolling dough out to use cookie cutters, chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour to make the dough stiffer/easier to roll out & cut. Dip cookie cutter in almond flour to prevent sticking. You can also use a knife to cut rolled dough into squares).
- Place treats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes or until treats turn golden brown on the edges.
Like all treat, these should be given in moderation. And always talk to your vet before changing your dog’s diet. Curious about which other fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs? Find out here.
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