Dog treat recipes made with fruits and vegetables are packed with wholesome nutrition which makes them super-healthy.
They're also delicious, so both you and your dog will be happy!
You can make vegetarian or vegan, dog treats or you can combine a whole host of different fruits and/or vegetables with meat and/or dairy products. The possibilities are pretty much endless, and dog treat ingredients are easy to find.
There are some common food items, including certain fruits and vegetables, that aren't safe for dogs to eat, so always double check recipes and your own creations to be safe.
You can use applesauce/grated apple, blueberries, banana, dried apricots, cooked sweet potato or canned pumpkin to add natural sweetness to recipes. Cranberries can add a little zing of tart flavor.
Fruits and vegetables also add healthy fiber and are loaded with nutrients, including a wide range of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega fatty acids, enzymes and phytonutrients (these are found only in vegetables). Talk about natural super-foods!
They also have an alkalizing effect on your dog's body which helps decrease inflammation and improve organ function.
Although not strictly either a fruit or a vegetable, herbs are also a great choice to add variety and specific benefits to those healthy treats.
Parsley and mint are both breath freshening and good for the digestive system.
Some of my favorite fruit and vegetable choices when I'm making dog treats include:
Some dog treat recipes only include fruit, others only vegetables, but many of them use a combination of both, creating well-balanced and nutrient dense goodies that aren't just for fun.
Giving your dog homemade dog treats which have been made with high-quality, healthy ingredients means you're providing him with a delicious, fresh and nutritious addition to his daily diet.
Below I've listed all the recipes on my site which include fruit and/or vegetables.
Because so many of them contain both I haven't separated them into two categories. I hope you enjoy browsing through all the possibilities and that your dog enjoys the 'fruits' of your labor!