RECIPE: Yummy Blueberry Dog Treats

Blueberries have so many good things going for them — antioxidant properties, cardiovascular benefits. Here's a tasty way to give them to your dog.

Like a blueberry scone, but for healthy pups. Photos by: Allison Gray/Petful

One of my (many) weaknesses comes in the form of baked goods containing blueberries. Blueberry muffins, blueberry scones, blueberry bagels — you name it. If it has blueberries baked into it, I’m going to scarf it down.

So I was pretty pumped to see a dog treat recipe with fresh blueberries and immediately gave it a whirl, hoping that Banjo shared her mom’s weakness for blueberry treats.

Blueberries “have top-notch antioxidant properties,” according to Animal Wellness Magazine, which adds that “research points to their cardiovascular benefits” as well.

“Blueberries provide fiber, manganese and vitamin K, all of which enhance heart function while lowering the risk of stroke,” the magazine states. “Eye health is yet another benefit of blueberry consumption. In laboratory animal studies, the anthocyanins in blueberries protected the retina from oxygen damage. And finally, studies show that eating blueberries helps older dogs improve cognitive function.”

So give this recipe a try for your dog. Here’s how to make these treats.

Combine the flour, flax meal, blueberries, olive oil and egg; then add water to make your dough.

Yummy Blueberry Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup oat flour
  • 1¼ cup brown rice flour
  • ⅓ cup flax meal
  • ⅓ cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛–¼ cup of water

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except water.
  3. Add enough water to form a dough.
  4. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to ¼-inch thick.
  5. Using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place them on a nonstick cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned around the edges.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
Makes about 1 dozen large cookies.

After waiting for the biscuits to cool down, I finally offered one to a patiently waiting Banjo.

The verdict?

They’re winners!

Banjo was in love with these treats. In fact, she gobbled them down without her usual 2-minute sniff test. I’ll definitely use this biscuit recipe in the future.

Blueberries have among the highest antioxidant values of all foods.
Yummy! More, please.

Adapted from: Martha Stewart Blueberry Dog Treats

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