I really love being able to make Banjo homemade treats with ingredients already on hand.
And when those ingredients happen to have added health benefits? Well, that’s a win-win.
After finding myself with some leftover shredded carrot, I browsed around for some dog treat recipes. Not only did I find a few, but I also found that carrots are a healthy snack for dogs.
According to the American Kennel Club, “Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium and fiber.”
Because letting Banjo gnaw on a whole carrot stick would end up being an almighty mess, I was happy to embrace this recipe that calls for a mound of shredded carrot baked into a tidy cookie.
Carrot Applesauce Dog Cookies
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup shredded carrot
- ⅓ cup flour*
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal*
*For pets with wheat allergies, coconut or almond flour would be a great substitute for the wheat flour. And if you don’t have flaxseed meal on hand, you can increase the flour to ½ cup instead.
- Heat your oven to 350 F.
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Drop the dough by tablespoons on a nonstick cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
Banjo loved these carrot applesauce dog cookies, and I appreciated the chance to use up some leftover veggies.
Because this dog treat recipe is so simple, I had only a couple of dirty dishes afterward — which made cleanup a breeze.
Adapted from: Baking Mischief.