Treats are notoriously like the candy of dog food. They're made from, well, I'm honestly not sure what most of them are made from and they appear to be highly addictive! Just ask your pup who is begging for some as we speak. But treats don't have to be so bananas—actually, one of my dog's favorite treats is bananas! Real, whole ingredients can be just as rewarding for your pup. We cooked up a few simple, healthy treats that taste so good they'll do any trick for them, using real ingredients from the Ollie recipes.
Sweet potato fries
All you need is a sweet potato, olive oil and cinnamon to make these easy treats (that are equally enjoyable by humans.) Just preheat your oven to 425 degrees, wash and peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into fry shapes. Coat the potatoes, which can help maintain your dog's blood sugar level, with the oil and cinnamon by mixing in a bowl and place the fries on a baking sheet. Cook them for 15 minutes then flip them and bake for another 15. Let them cool before serving to your pup!
Blueberry and coconut oil cubes
Another super simple recipe using two pup superfoods: blueberries, which contain powerful antioxidants, and coconut oil, which can help soothe a dog's sensitive skin among many other things. To make them, place a frozen blueberry or two into the center of each ice cube tray. Heat the coconut oil until it liquefies on the stove, let it cool and then pour it on top of the blueberries. Put the tray in the fridge until the treats get solid (about an hour) then pop them out and store them in the freezer.
Sweet potato and pea treats
This treat requires a little more effort, but we think it's worth it: it has sweet potato, peas, which help maintain healthy bacteria in the gut, and eggs, which are a great source of digestible protein for dogs. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then combine 3/4 cups of sweet potato puree with one beaten egg. Slowly add in one and a quarter to a half cups of whole wheat flour (or use gluten-free if your dog has a wheat sensitivity) until the mixture is thick. Stir in the peas, then roll the dough into a quarter inch disc. Use a cookie cutter to cut on shapes—or you can just roll the dough into balls. Place the dough on parchment paper and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly. Bone appetit!
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