Festive Vegan Dog Treats for Christmas
Your four-legged best friend should have just as much fun this Christmas as you do. Treat them to a yummy pet-friendly holiday biscuit to show how much you love them!
What a year! Your four-legged babies have probably had you home all day long. And now it’s Christmas… again! What better way to repay their love with some delicious homemade healthy biscuits? They’re easy to make, vegan, and your best buds will love them. You made them, after all.
I’ve used two types of puree here. One pea puree and one beetroot for that lovely Christmassy red. Depending on doggy’s preference you can use pumpkin, carrot, sweet potatoes, or even kale. Even the icing is kind and naturally sweetened with barley malt.
Instead of using eggs, I’ve used ground flaxseed. Flax is a superb alternative for dogs. It helps with bone development, promotes a shiny coat, and improves the immune system. Whilst this recipe’s ingredients are safe, please check with your veterinarian for any allergies your dog may have.
- For the biscuits:
- 37.5 37.5 g pea puree or beetroot puree
- 15 15 g natural peanut butter
- 0.5 0.5 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- 100 100 g spelt flour
- For the icing:
- 0.5 0.5 Tbsp potato flour (heaped spoonfuls)
- 0.5 0.5 tsp malt extract syrup
- A little water
- In a small bowl, mix the two tablespoons of ground flaxseed with six tablespoons of water, and pop this in the fridge for about fifteen to twenty minutes to thicken. This will act as your egg binder.
- Preheat the oven to 165 degrees Celsius, (Gas Mark 3) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Bring a pot of water to boil, blanch your peas, and drain. Then place the peas in a food processor with one to two tablespoons of water and blitz until you have a smooth, brightly coloured puree. For the beetroot puree, buy pre-cooked beetroot to speed this process up.
- In a bowl, using either an electric hand mixer or a whisk, beat together the puree of choice, the peanut butter, and the flaxseed until the mixture is well combined.
- Gradually sieve the spelt flour into the mixture with a spatula until the dough is no longer sticking. Add a little more if needed.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out until it is about half to a quarter-inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut the desired shapes and place onto the parchment paper.
- Place in the oven and bake for around 25-30 minutes. I find the longer the better for they go much crunchier that way, but doggy’s preference will determine this.
- Allow to cool completely.
- For the icing, in a small bowl, mix the potato flour and the malt extract syrup and slowly add a little water until it thickens to resemble icing sugar. You may find this has a thick consistency but reverts to a liquid-like state when not disturbed. Place in the fridge for now to thicken whilst the biscuits are cooling.
- Once the biscuits have cooled and the icing has thickened, you can decorate to your heart’s content.
From the leafy suburbs of Surrey, Christopher Sergi is an author, writer, and animal lover. An advocate for the rich ethical lifestyle, Christopher loves healthy food, men’s fitness, fashion, grooming, tons of reading, writing stories, strong black coffee, and Just plain being curious of what this vibrant world has to offer.