Affordable Healthy Diet for Dogs Part 3: 5 Ideas for Dog Desserts
This is the third part in our series on an affordable, healthy diet for your dog. Catch up on the full series here:
- Affordable Healthy Diet for Dogs Part 1: 6 Ideas for Dog Treats
- Affordable Healthy Diet for Dogs Part 2: 5 Ideas for DIY Dog Chews
What says “I love you” more than making a special dessert for your dog? Whether it’s for a special occasion like birthday or holiday or just for fun, it’s a lot of fun to spoil your pup with a sweet treat every now and then.
Of course, most dog owners know that chocolate is toxic for dogs, so it’s not a good idea to share your brownies or chocolate cake with your dog. And a lot of doggie desserts contain peanut butter and other fatty foods that are less than ideal for your dog.
But there are plenty of healthy and easy alternatives for sweet puppy treats that you don’t have to feel guilty about giving your dog! In this article, we will cover a few ideas.
Idea 1: Apple Slices
Apples are a great way to satisfy your dog’s sweet tooth naturally. Slices of apple are fairly low in calories, but also provide dietary fiber, vitamin C, and various antioxidants. The crunch of an apple can also help dislodge plaque from their teeth. Too much sugar isn’t good for your pup, so please feed apples in moderation.
Idea 2: Berries and Cream
All kinds of berries are safe for your dog. Spoon some berries over some plain nonfat yogurt with no added natural or artificial sugar. Have some fun trying out different berries to see which one is your dog’s favorite! Just be careful if your dog is the type to pick up their food and carry it around as berry juice can stain light fabrics.
Your dog can enjoy berries and cream in a few different ways:
- Fresh in their bowl
- Freeze a mixture of yogurt and berries in ice cube trays, and serve them for a bite sized treat
- Mix up the berries and yogurt in a rubber toy (like a Kong) and freeze for a longer lasting treat
Idea 3: Oatmeal Dog “Cookies”
The next time you whip up a batch of cookies, your dog would be very happy if you made them some treats as well. This might not sound much like cookies to a person, but to a dog these are wonderful sweet treats that feel indulgent! And you’ll feel good that they aren’t full of oil and sugar.
To make your dog some cookies, follow the instructions below:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Mix all four ingredients in a medium bowl:
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup (about 1 large) carrot finely grated
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Use a tablespoon to drop clumps of the mixture onto the baking tray.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, until treats are set.
Store extra cookies in an airtight container for a week or freeze for longer term storage.
Idea 4: Bananas
Some veterinarians recommend bananas as a healthy alternative to fatty desserts. Bananas are packed full of nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. The fruit is also high in fiber, which can help if your dog is having gastrointestinal problems, and magnesium, which promotes bone growth and helps the body produce protein and absorb vitamins. A few slices of banana feel like dessert to a dog!
Idea 5: Pumpkin Ice Cream for Dogs
As the weather starts to get warmer, you’ll probably start to crave ice cream. Your dog doesn’t have to miss out on the summertime indulgence as there are lots of recipes out there for healthy homemade dog ice cream.
Pumpkin is very healthy for dogs as it has dietary fiber along with plenty of vitamins. This easy pumpkin ice cream recipe will indulge your dog’s sweet tooth and is very easy to prepare.
For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup non-fat unsweetened yogurt
- dash of cinnamon
- splash of maple syrup
To prepare the pumpkin puppy ice cream, follow these steps:
- Spoon pumpkin puree into ice cube tray and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.
- In the bowl of your food processor, place the frozen pumpkin, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
- Add about half the yogurt, and pulse until combined.
- Continue to add yogurt or a little water until you get the consistency you want.
Divide the ice cream into a few containers and freeze leftovers for later.
Pumpkin isn’t the only type of ice cream your dog will enjoy! Berries, watermelon, banana and more make great ice cream flavors for your pup.
For more homemade dog ice cream recipes, check out this video:
Have you made any homemade desserts for your dog? Leave a comment below!