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Recipe: Healthy Dog Treats with Spinach and Zucchini

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This dog treat recipe contains zucchini and spinach – two ingredients that offer a lot of nutritional benefits. I prefer to make homemade dog treats because I know what ingredients are used and exactly how they are prepared. It is the safest way to ensure your pup has safe, tasty treats. This healthy dog treats recipe is a favorite with my pups!

Spinach is a superfood for dogs when fed in small quantities. It's not an ingredient that you'll want to add to every meal, but it offers a lot of nutritional benefits when added to treats. Spinach is high in vitamins A,B, C and K. It's also a good source of antioxidants and beta-carotene.

Speaking of superfood ingredients, zucchini is packed with nutritional benefits for dogs. One cup of raw zucchini only has about 20 calories, and it's low in fat and cholesterol. This vegetable is great for your dog's digestion and is rich in potassium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, copper and phosphorus.

Healthy Dog Treats with Spinach and Zucchini

Healthy Dog Treats

When you're shopping for the ingredients to make these healthy dog treats, I recommend using organic, natural ingredients whenever possible. One of the best things about making your own dog treats from scratch is that you can leave out all of the unnecessary preservatives and artificial ingredients found in commercial products, and pack them with nutrition.

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Recipe: Healthy Dog Treats with Spinach and Zucchini

These treats are healthy and safe for virtually any pup. They're a great option for dogs with digestive issues and offer a low calorie snack for pets on a diet. There are about 45 calories in each treat, but you can easily break them into smaller pieces to offer less calories per treat.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 48 treats 1x
  • Category: Cooked Treats
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dog Treats

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 large carrot (shredded)
  • 1 zucchini (shredded)
  • 1 cup baby spinach (chopped)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350˚F.

Whisk the pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs together in a mixing bowl. Gradually add the oats and flour and mix until a stiff dough forms.

Finally, add the carrot, zucchini and spinach. Knead the dough until the vegetables are evenly distributed.

Drop tablespoon-sized balls of dough on a well greased cookie sheet. Bake in the 350˚ oven for 20-25 minutes. You'll know when the treats are finished because the edges will begin to turn brown.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 treat
  • Calories: 45
  • Sugar: .5 g
  • Sodium: 11 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.5 g
  • Fiber: .6 g
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 7 mg

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How to store: Store leftover treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 12-14 days. Remember that homemade treats do not have the preservatives that store bought products do. They will not last as long. If you'd like, you can freeze these treats in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

For More Information

We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you're new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.