A Vegan Cookie recipe for dogs crafted by Allison Teegardin, Canine Chef and Owner of Dragonfly Dog Bowl in Buda, Texas
Food is the universal language of love. Whether someone is ill and you bring them healing soups or if they are celebrating and you bring something tasty to the party, food is always a good idea! And many share this gesture of love by treating their dogs as well. Anyone who has cooked for their dog can tell you how happy they are when they see the joy created by making even the simplest treat.
Now, take that joy and love and combine it with quality ingredients that serve a function and you have really upped your cookie game! Not only is it more affordable and healthier to bake your own dog treats, you can hand-select the ingredients you want and keep out everything you don’t want. So, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and let’s get started!
3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
Whole Wheat is an excellent source of B vitamins which help with the metabolism of nutrients and provide the body with energy. B vitamins also assist with red blood cell formation and promote a healthy immune system. If your dog has a wheat or gluten allergy, you can try this recipe with oat flour (1 cup of whole wheat flour = approx. ¾ cup oat flour).
1 cup Filtered Water
Water hydrates the body and is essential for dogs and humans. To ensure your water is free from any unwanted materials such as chlorine or minerals, filtered water is recommended.
½ cup Applesauce, Unsweetened
Apples are great antioxidants and provide many nutrients including (but not limited to) fiber, vitamin C and iron. These powerful fruits also contain pectin which acts as a prebiotoic and helps the functioning of good gut bacteria.
3 tablespoons Garbanzo Bean Water – “Aquafaba”
3 tablespoons of the water from a can of garbanzo beans is the equivalent of one egg. Not only is this an easy way to make a vegan dog cookie, it can help lower the calories of the dog treat.
1 tablespoon Manuka Honey
Known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties, Manuka honey is a power honey. A caution about Manuka honey is that it is not recommended for dogs under 1 year and some dogs may have an allergy to honey. Also, honey’s high sugar content is not advised for diabetic dogs. If you are concerned about feeding honey, removing it from the recipe shouldn’t be an issue. You could try substituting a tablespoon of peanut butter instead.
½ teaspoon Ground Flaxseed
Flaxseed is an excellent source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids which are important for brain function. The lignans in flaxseeds may help with cardiovascular health. Wait, there is more! Flaxseed’s anti-inflammatory properties are also good for easing symptoms of arthritis, improving kidney function and maintaining a healthy, shiny coat. These tiny powerhouses really give these cookies a nutritional boost!
½ teaspoon Dried Parsley
Not only can parsley help reduce “dog breath,” it contains vitamins A, C and K as well as iron. Parsley is a diuretic which may be helpful in flushing out bacteria from the bladder.
In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and then roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper (it makes clean-up much easier) and cut into desired shapes. When selecting the best shape for your dog cookies, avoid any shapes with sharp edges and stick to traditional bone or round shaped cookies that are an appropriate size for your dog.
Bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 30 minutes and let cool in the oven. If you want crispier cookies, bake up to 45 minutes.
Spontaneous tail wagging and drooling is likely to occur when these come out of the oven!
These cookies keep well for up to 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container- the fridge is even better. Although, let’s be honest, who can keep dog cookies around for 2 weeks? I certainly can’t!
Remember that every dog is a bio-individual and pet parents should always speak to their veterinarian before introducing new foods to their dogs. This recipe, while no doubt packs in serious nutrients, is not intended to treat any disease or condition. Always supervise when feeding treats and have plenty of fresh water available.