International Dog Day is 26 August; what better excuse to make your favourite canine pal a vegan dog treat?
There are about 470 million pet dogs in the world and an increasing number of pet owners are considering a plant-based diet for their furry friends.
Did you know that dogs can thrive on a complete and balanced vegan diet?
This recipe is not only easy to make and high in fibre, but also free from any common doggy allergens and cheap to make, with only three ingredients.
- 90g oat flour: grind some whole oats in a blender, food processor or spice grinder to make this, or use wholewheat flour if your dog is not sensitive to it
- 60g peanut butter, all-natural (ensure the only ingredient is peanuts)
- 1 small cooked sweet potato, mashed
- Preheat your oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Stir together mashed sweet potato and peanut butter.
- Add the flour.
- Mix the flour into the wet ingredients until fully combined. The dough will be a bit sticky but will roll out. Add a bit more flour if required.
- Transfer the dough to a silicone mat or sheet of wax paper and roll out to between ½–1 cm thickness. Placing another piece of wax paper on top of the dough can make it easier to roll if it’s sticky.
- Cut out your treats using a biscuit cutter or simply slice the dough into small squares or rectangles. Because there are no raising agents in this dough, the thickness of the biscuit at this stage will be the thickness of the cooked biscuit.
- Transfer the cut-out treats to your lined baking tray and bake at 200ºC for 12–15 minutes. For softer treats, bake for 10–12 minutes and for crunchier treats, bake for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months.