Though dogs are famously descended from wolves, today’s pups aren’t all carnivores who merely munch on the occasional veggie. Perhaps your doggy requires gluten free or grain-free food, or maybe they even follow a whole food or vegan diet. Regardless of your furry friend’s typical dog food or kibble of choice, they can still enjoy today’s recipe of strawberry dog treats! It is a vegan recipe perfect for your v-dog to supplement their vegan dog food, or really any pooch who wants to try out some diy vegan dog treats. And if the type of flour you use in your dog’s treats is of concern, fear not! There is no flour in this recipe, so no need to pull out your whole wheat flour or oat flour. Without further ado, let’s get into it to show you how to make these delectable vegan treats.
I’m sure you’ve been wondering, “What exactly am I cooking up today?” Well, there is actually no cooking involved; they are tasty, frozen strawberry, banana, and pumpkin dog treats. They’re perfect for just about any occasion—whether that’s a hot summer day or Valentine’s Day. They’ll also provide a nice change-up from your dog’s usually homemade treats that may contain peanut butter or sweet potato. While these pet treats aren’t your usual crunchy dog biscuits, these frozen, delicious healthy treats will make your dog look at you like you’ve got a halo. Also, a huge plus is there’s no need to whip out the parchment paper or sit there waiting for your oven to preheat with this recipe.
They’re super easy to make—just 3 ingredients and they don’t have any fillers, preservatives, or additives. So you can feel good about treating your dog! They can devour these dog chews while you enjoy your superfoods, chia, flaxseed, and rolled oats. What a healthy duo the two of you make!
Our first ingredient is fresh strawberries. Strawberries are great for dogs because they are rich in antioxidants, which can help support immune system function. Check out our video on strawberries for dogs to learn more about why you should feed your dog this tasty fruit.
Our second ingredient is bananas. Bananas are high in potassium, which helps to maintain your dog’s water balance, as well as kidney and heart function. Plus, they make the treats super tasty! If you’re interested in learning more about feeding your dog banana, check out this video.
Our last ingredient is Native Pet’s Pumpkin Powder (this human-grade product is made in the USA and can be purchased from our website, Chewy, or Amazon) for an added digestive boost. Pumpkin is high in fiber, so it’s also a great, all-natural supplement to add to your dog’s serving of pet food when they have an upset stomach or are experiencing any digestive-related issues like diarrhea or constipation. It also has a low number of total carbohydrates in case that is of concern to you.
You’ll also want to have a blender and silicone mold on hand. The silicone mold will be used today for our frozen treats instead of your traditional cookie cutter.
Dog Treat Recipe
To make these treats, we’re going to chop up two bananas and add them to the blender. Then we’ll toss in a cup of strawberries. You can actually leave the tops on them because the leaves contain a few vitamins and minerals that the flesh doesn't, so feeding your dog the leaves can provide additional health benefits. And lastly, we’ll add in 1/4 cup of pumpkin powder along with 1/4 cup of water, which helps make your pumpkin powder into more of a pumpkin puree. And get blending!
Once blended, grab your silicone mold. I added strawberry slices to each pocket to add some pazazz to the treats. And then you can just pour your mixture into the silicone mold. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
Once frozen, you can pop the treats out of the mold and serve them to your very happy pup! We just know they will enjoy these all-natural dog treats. They’ll be on their best behavior, so you can even use these snacks as training treats. But if this tasty treat isn’t enough to keep your dog distracted for long, consider our Yak Chews, which provide hours of entertainment! These dental dog treats will let you finally throw away that gnarly rawhide and give your dog a healthier and safer alternative.
For more recipes, including more of our exciting dog treat recipes, and tips on keeping your pet happy and healthy, be sure to check out the Native Pet blog.