Healthy Dog Treat Recipe
With Cranberries, Oats, and Cinnamon
The main ingredients in this dog biscuit recipe include oats, cranberries and yogurt, with a touch of honey and cinnamon to add a bit more flavor and nutrients for your poochie.
This healthy dog treat recipe is low in fat, high in dietary fiber, minerals (manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium).
Health Benefits of Ingredients
- Oats: Oats are rich in B vitamins and trace minerals, especially potassium and phosphorus. In addition, oats contain a number of polyphenols that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Oats are beneficial to dogs with skin problems (e.g. itching) and dogs that are high strung since oats have calming effects.
- Cranberries: Cranberries are rich in vitamins C, E and K; they are also loaded with phytonutrients such as flavonoids and contain high levels of potassium, manganese, calcium and phosphorus.
Cranberries protect dogs against urinary tract infections (UTIs) because some flavonoids have a special structure that makes it difficult for bacteria to attach to the urinary tract linings. Also, flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties, which can, amongst other things, help lower the risk of gum disease in dogs.
In addition, cranberries have been found to be able to optimize the balance of microflora population in the gastrointestinal tract. Dogs with weak digestive systems and are prone to problems such as chronic diarrhea can benefit from cranberries.
Cranberries also have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties due to their high levels of vitamins C and E as well as flavonoids.
- Cinnamon: This spice is not only sweet, but also nutritious for dogs. It is rich in manganese and is a good source of calcium and fiber. It also has antimicrobial properties. It can regulate blood sugar levels and is good for dogs with diabetes.
- Yogurt: Visit this page to get more information on the nutritional value and health benefits of yogurt.
Recipe: Dog Biscuit with Cranberries & Oats
- 1 1/2 cups rye flour (or oat flour, quinoa flour, etc.)
- 1/2 cup whole oats
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons dried organic cranberries (coarsely chopped)
- 1/3 cup non-fat plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
- Add yogurt, egg and honey. Mix well.
- Knead until the dough is well formed.
- Form small balls (depending on how big you want the biscuits) with your hands.
- Place them on baking sheet and flatten with the bottom of a spoon.
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Instead of rye flour, other whole flours, such as oat flour or quinoa flour, can also be used.
- If the dough is a bit too sticky to handle, let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes or so.
- Use unsweetened and unsulfured dried cranberries. Alternatively, get dried cranberries sweetened by apple juice, not sugar.