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Homemade Dog Treats: Reduced Calorie

Updated on May 13, 2011
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Whitney has over 10 years of experience in dog training, rescuing and dog healthcare.

Reduced Calorie Dog Treat

The following dog treats are loaded with flavor but not packed with excess calories. These dog cookies are great for the dog on a diet or the couch potato dog.

Either way, give your dog a wholesome goodness and a great taste of natural flavors!!

Oh yeah! These recipes are all natural!

Chicken Dog Treat

Low Fat Chicken & Bean Cookies

The combined flavor of the chicken and the green beans make these cookies a low- calorie, high taste treat. They are high in fiber, and with the Vitamins A and C, they are healthy.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Makes: 36 treats

INGREDIENTS:

3 1/2 cups (500g)- Whole wheat flour (fine ground)

1 cup (120 g)- Cornmeal

1/4 cup (50 ml)- Skim milk

3/4 cup (175 ml)- Chicken stock

1/2 cup (130 g)- Green bean puree (green bean baby food works well)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend the wheat flour and cornmeal together and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the skim milk, chicken stock, and green bean puree.
  3. Slowly add the flour mix to the bean mix until you have formed a stiff dough.
  4. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick and cut into shapes with cookie cutters (or make flattened balls) and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350F (180C) for 35 minutes or until the cookies are crisp.

NUTRITIONAL BREAKDOWN PER SERVING:

cal 56.34, protein 1.78 g, carbohydrate 11.47 g, sugars 0.21 g, dietary fiber 2.03 g, fat 0.30 g, saturated fat 0.04 g.

Good Boy Surprise

This tri-flour treat will give you pup an extra boost on carbohydrates but with few calories. The whole wheat flour is a great source of vitamin B6, which is necessary for healthy blood.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Makes: 30 treats

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups (280 g)- Rye flour

1/2 cup (70 g)- Whole wheat flour (fine ground)

1/4 cup (30 g)- Cornmeal

1/2 cup (125 ml)- Vegetable oil

1/2 cup (125 ml)- Water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend rye flour, whole wheat flour, and cornmeal, together.
  2. Whisk together the oil and water.
  3. Slowly add the flour mix to the water and oil to form a stiff dough. Add more water if needed to make the dough more workable.
  4. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out about 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick and cut into shapes with cookie cutters (or make flattened balls) and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 375F (190C) for 35 minutes or until the treats are crisp.

NUTRITIONAL BREAKDOWN PER SERVING:

cal 68.84, protein 1.24 g, carbohydrate 9.47 g, sugars 0.12 g, dietary fiber 1.71 g, fat 3.01 g, saturated fat 0.52 g.

Cheese Dog Treat

Cheesy Treats

These cheese filled biscuits are sure to curb your dog's need for a special treat. They vitamin B in the brewer's yeast is good for healthy growth and development.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Makes: 12 treats

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup (140 g)- Whole wheat flour (fine ground)

1 cup (100 g)- Cheese (shredded)

2 tbsp- Brewer's yeast

1 cup (225 ml)- Skim milk

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix the whole wheat four, shredded cheese, and Brewer's yeast together.
  2. Slowly blend in the milk to form a stiff dough.
  3. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out about 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick and cut into shapes with cookie cutters (or make flattened balls) and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake at 350F (180C) for 20 minutes or until cookies are crisp.

NUTRITIONAL BREAKDOWN PER SERVING:

cal 83.47, proteins 4.71 g, carbohydrate 8.96 g, sugars 1.17 g, dietary fiber 1.86 g, fat 3.27 g, saturated fat 1.91 g.

*Note: These cookies will rise.

Two Paws Up

I would not post recipes that I have not tried myself. Well, not me personally, but my pups.

Three of three dogs all approved! That's one yorkie, one APBT, and one St Bernard/Collie mix.

If you're worried that your pooch is a picky eater, well the St. Bernard/ Collie is a very picky eater, only eating select dog cookies. And, well, these dog biscuits suit her taste buds.

She chowed down. She claims the Cheesy Treats, her favorite, doing goofy turns and flips just trying to ensure that she was given one.

When storing, you may have to leave them uncovered, as when I placed the cookies in a tin container, they began to soften.

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      dj 6 years ago

      How could these be considered low calories? Just 2 bites, say one in the morning and one at night, from any one of these recipes will add over a hundred calories a day to your dogs calories intake. That's an extra 700+ calories a week.

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      emily 7 years ago

      i hope my dog likes um!!!

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      Mike & Mattie Mom's 9 years ago

      Our 2 dogs loved the Low Fta Chicken & Bean , so did all the other dogs we took them too!! Thanks

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      Sun River 10 years ago

      Good recipes for our 4 legged friends! I think they could only be enhanced by making sure the ingrediants are made with organic/free range products/animals.

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      Jerry Lee's Mom 10 years ago

      Thanks so mush for the information and the recipes. We have a 92 lb Golden thats got to lose weight, I can't wait to try these.

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      Peter M. Lopez 10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Excellent hub. This really is good stuff. I will try them out...or, rather. Oliver (my dog) will try them out. Thanks.

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      Jackilyn 10 years ago

      Oh my gosh, whitney, all of my fifteen dogs loved them! Congrats. =D =J

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      Jackilyn 10 years ago

      okay I will. =] thanks again!

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      Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

      Jackilyn- let me know how you pups like them.

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