Apple & Cranberry Dog Treats
Happy Thanksgiving! Bryan and I will be spending today jumping around between our parents’ houses, and probably stuffing ourselves with more food than is ever healthy (ah, the American way). Unfortunately for Topher, our parents’ houses are not especially visiting-dog-friendly, so he has to stay home with only the cats to entertain him. I was feeling a little bad for Topher last weekend, so I decided to whip him up these apple and cranberry dog treats so he could have fun, Thanksgiving-themed treats stuffed in his toys when we leave.
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 cup cranberries, chopped
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat your oven to 350º F.
2. Throw your apple and cranberry into a food processor to give them an even chop—you can pulse just a few times for larger pieces, or go for more of a minced consistency like we did.
3. Add your cranberries and apple to a bowl, add your molasses and cinnamon, and mix until incorporated.
4. Add your flour, about a half cup at a time, until your dough begins to form and releases from the side of your bowl.
5. On a floured surface, roll out your dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out your treats.
6. Bake your treats for 20-25 minutes, then turn the oven off (or as far down as you can make it go) and let them sit and dry out for another 45 minutes to an hour. Take out your treats and let them cool before putting them away.
Cranberries For Dogs?
Cranberries are healthy for your dogs just like blueberries and strawberries. They’re also a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Cranberries contain antioxidants which can help protect against free radicals that damage normal cells and tissues, and are good for their cardiovascular system and immune system.
As always, you should feed your dog with fresh cranberries in moderation—large amounts may cause gastrointestinal distress such as vomiting or diarrhea. Do not feed your dogs with dried cranberries, as they may contain added chemicals or preservatives that are not meant for dogs.