Recipe: Vegan Dog Treats

This is a basic recipe I’ve made many times, varying the ingredients to fit what I have on hand.  (I also make a chocolate version for myself.)  I’ve used different kitchen tools and methods to mix up the batter, which is a sticky paste in the end, and there doesn’t seem to be any significant difference.  So use what ingredients and tools you have as I’m just outlining one basic recipe and method here.

Vegan Dog Treats

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 C peanut butter

1/2 C blackstrap molasses

1/2 C unsweetened applesauce

1 C rice flour

1/2 C whole wheat flour

1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 C almond meal

1/2 C flaxseed meal

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

Place all ingredients into a food processor and run until thoroughly mixed.  Run your fingertips under the faucet then press the batter into a greased pan, about 1/2 inch thick.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 mins, shut off the oven, run through with a pizza wheel to create desired sized pieces and place back in the oven for several hours.

Notes:  I make my own version of rice flour by grinding uncooked rice in a blender.  Some of the other ingredients which I’ve used in this recipe include different types of beans, honey (if you want to stray outside the vegan label) , carob chips, oats, pumpkin, and vanilla.

10 thoughts on “Recipe: Vegan Dog Treats

  1. Love you but why in the world would you make “vegan” dog treats for a carnivore ( yes yes I know dogs are omnivores to some peoples way of thinking but not my dogs)

    1. I love to bake. I make all manner of meals and treats for the dogs. This recipe was derived from one I was making for myself. I am vegetarian, not vegan, but when I happened to review the ingredient list for the dog treat version, I noticed it would qualify as vegan.

  2. My dog loves beans. He likes a lot of vegetables and fruits, & this summer I caught him stealing lemon cucumbers off the vine. He also adores ginger cookies. I expect he’d like these, but since we’re trying to get him to lose a little weight, it’ll have to wait. I’ll give him a carrot coin to make up for it :)

  3. My dogs would love this! I’m going to give it a shot, they love fruit and veg stuff. I’m vegetarian/ almost vegan so they’re used to veggie treats.

    1. ugh, I didn’t realize there was such a thing. Why do they have to ruin peanut butter? I buy the kind that’s made of peanuts and salt. The taste is so much better IMO without anything added.

    2. Actually, so far xylitol seems to be getting put in nut butters (almond, cashew, etc) rather than regular peanut butter (Jif, etc), as opposed to corn syrup, but sadly, yes, we need to start looking at Every. Damn, Thing. we bring home to check for xylitol. It’s in my deodorant, for god knows what reason!

      1. I’m going to guess it’s there as an anti-fungal. I wasn’t able to find any discussion of xylitol in deodorant other than people wondering why, but I did find mentions of research findings that it inhibits several species of yeast including the ones usually responsible for thrush.

        Also, apparently it’s toxic to some wild birds.

        As for nut butters, the list of brands to date: Go Nuts Co. (peanut butter, almond butter); Hank’s Protein Plus (peanut butter); Krush Nutrition (peanut butter, peanut butter bars); Nuts ‘N More (peanut butter, almond butter); and P28 (peanut butter). They’re all small labels that are, going by their advertising, aimed at gym rats. Still. I look at all labels these days, and boggle fairly frequently.

  4. Although my dog has meat in the food I make for him, I’m vegan and he enjoys eating my food when I share it with him. I’ll make these for him, and then he’ll have homemade treats to go with his homemade food.

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