Green beans are an excellent source of potassium, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. You can make homemade green bean treats for your dog without the additional preservatives that are common in commercial dog treats. Store-bought dog treats tend to have high fat and sugar contents that are not good for dogs. You can tailor your dog treats to address food allergies and make your pet a delicious treat that is also nutritious.
Crispy Dog Biscuits
Open a can of green beans, and drain off the liquid. Measure 1/2 cup of green beans, and place them in a food processor. Add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 3 teaspoons of applesauce.
Press the pulse button on the food processor to mix all of the ingredients thoroughly. Pour the contents into a bowl. Add 1 cup of flour, and knead it into the mixture. Add 1/4 cup of warm milk to soften the dough.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface with a rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thick. Press cookie cutters into the dough to cut out shapes. Re-roll the scraps to cut all of the dough into shapes.
Place the biscuits on a non-stick cookie sheet, and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Let the biscuits cool completely before removing them from the cookie sheet.
Dog Mini Muffins
Cut one apple in half, and remove the core. Shred the apple on a grater and place it in a bowl. Add 2 cups of room temperature frozen green beans. Add 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of molasses, 1/4 cup of beef bullion, 1 cup of flax seed, 1/4 cup of dry oatmeal and 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour. Mix all of the ingredients with a large spoon until the batter is consistent.
Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon batter into mini muffin cups to fill each one to about three-quarters full.
Bake the muffins at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. The tops should be golden brown. Let the muffins cool for about five minutes. Turn the muffin tin upside down to eject the muffins onto a plate. Let them cool completely before giving one to your dog.
Use low-sodium green beans for dogs on a salt-restricted diet.
For dogs with wheat allergies, substitute rice flour for whole wheat or baking flour.
Store dog treats in an airtight container.
The mini muffins are a soft dog treat for older pets.
Cheddar cheese adds vitamin D to the dog treats.
Items You Will Need
- 1/2 cup canned green beans
- Food processor
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 teaspoons applesauce
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup warm milk
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Cookie sheet
- 2 cups frozen green beans
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1/4 cup beef bullion
- 1 cup flax seed
- 1/4 cup dry oatmeal
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- Non-stick cooking spray
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