From time to time I feel like making some treats for my doggies, especially at this time of the year when evenings are becoming longer and darker earlier. And there is no way of going out for a walk unless we drive into town.
Apple and Peanut Butter Bites
One of my favourite treats to make is Apple and Peanut Butter Bites. They’re easy to make, healthy and my dogs LOVE them (as do I 😂).
These Apple and Peanut Butter bites have only 4 ingredients!
Apple is a delicious fruit for us as well as our pets. You can give this fruit to your pets in various forms but there are, however, certain things to keep in mind. A commonly asked question is, ‘can dogs can eat apples?’ Dogs can, for sure. Only large amount of seeds can be toxic to your dog.
Apple is a nutritious fruit packed with dietary fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidants. It’s a wonderful idea to give your dog apples as a treat and dogs who have apples in their diet actually never face stomach issues. Did you know that?
Peanut Butter – I use Poochbutter from Nuts for Pets. This peanut butter is made in the UK without palm oil and it contains no added salt, sugar, xylitol or additives but contains very beneficial extra virgin coconut oil and Yorkshire honey instead. This makes it deliciously, extra sticky 😋.
In general, peanut butter is safe for dogs (unless they have a peanut allergy) and it has lots of health benefits too:
🥜 Peanuts are a great source of healthy fats or monounsaturated fats.
🥜 They promote heart function and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
🥜 They contain vitamin E which helps in maintaining your dog’s coat and keeps the skin healthy and shiny.
🥜 They contain Niacin which is effective in keeping proper blood flow, brain circulation and improves brain health.
🥜 Peanuts are also rich in protein, manganese, and folate which will keep your dog healthy and able to fight off diseases.
🥜 They contain fibre which sustains better digestion.
🥜 Peanuts also contain calcium, which is very beneficial for ageing dogs as it can lower their risk of bone-related problems.
🥜 Peanuts contain resveratrol, a compound known for its anti-aging properties and which helps fight memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease.
🥜 They also contain coenzyme Q10, which maintains oxygen flow in the dog’s heart.
Despite all these beneficial qualities, peanut butter and peanuts should be given, just like everything else, in moderation.
How about Flax Seeds ?
Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil is also known to be beneficial to dogs.
They help to…
⚬ Reduce inflammation and itchiness
⚬ Lower blood pressure
⚬ Boost the immune system
⚬ Strengthen cardiovascular health
And Pumpkin Seeds?
They’re rich in protein and contain…
⚬ Vitamin K|
|Pumpkin seeds are also very high in fibre and can help to improve digestion in dogs. With a very high content of magnesium they can help dogs maintain healthy bones, regulate their blood sugar and pressure and reduce the risk of heart diseases. Pumpkin seeds have also been shown to help with certain diseases, infections and worms in dogs.|
Apple & Peanut Butter Bites
2 apples – cored, peeled and chopped
1 jar of Nuts for Pets Poochbutter
½ cup milled flaxseeds
½ cup milled pumpkin seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds for coating
🍏 Peel, core and remove the seeds from the apples, and chop them into small chunks in a food processor.
🍏 Finally mix the apples, peanut butter, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds and stir until a dough forms which is slightly sticky.
🍏 Take small pieces and roll them into balls and coat the outside with the remaining pumpkin seeds
Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 7 days. But to be honest though, they never last that long with my 7 dogs 😊.