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Homemade Carrot, Date, and Oatmeal Vegan Dog Treats

The following article was written by Corinne Alexaki.

Don’t let dust collect on your cookie sheets just because the holidays are over. Why not whip up some edible TLC, dog-treat style? Here is the perfect recipe to cure your favorite couch companion’s winter blues.

Vegan Carrot, Date, and Oatmeal Treats
1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1/2 cup instant unsweetened oatmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup finely chopped or grated raw carrots
2 Tbsp. pitted and finely chopped dates
1/2 cup natural unsalted peanut butter
1/2 cup filtered water

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, and baking powder. Make a well in the center.
  • Place the carrots and dates in a separate bowl with the peanut butter and water.
  • Add the peanut butter mix to the well in the flour mix and stir until combined.
  • Flatten the dough on a lightly floured surface until it is approximately 1/4-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the treats.
  • Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 14 to16 minutes, or until dry.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 40 servings

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  • Rebel says:

    Lilmike try to copy it to word, then shrink it when you have 4 per page you can print it and make little recipe cards.

  • Victor's mom says:

    LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • APS says:

    Had a SERIOUS issue with these. The dough was WAY too sticky to roll flat and thus couldn’t be turned into a rollable dough to cut shapes from. This recipe does not have enough of a dry to wet ratio.

  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Bubba’s mom, gluten-free flour is also wheat free, so you should be able to make these treats. I hope this recipe soon becomes Bubba’s favorite!

  • Bubba's mom says:

    Any ideas on suggestions for a great wheat/corn substitute? Bubba is allergic to wheat and corn so I haven’t found a great biscuit recipe.

  • Lilmike says:

    Wish you offered a “print” button for your recipes, so could print just the one page – a much more environmentally friendly option!

  • chander kumar soni says:

    useful info.

  • Genesis says:

    I agree with bunny, i would love to see a a recipe for bunny treats

  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Kathleen, I give my dog Spectrum brand flaxseed oil with DHA. You can find this at Whole Foods near the fish oil. Flaxseed oil with DHA has the same benefits as fish oil. DHA is Omega-3 already converted into a useable form – something our bodies have difficulty doing on their own, which is why I recommend getting the oil with the added DHA. Check out my vegan dog food recipe in the PETA Living Companion Animals section called “Say ‘No’ to Kibble: Vegan Dog-Food Recipe.”

  • Kathleen says:

    What a nice once in a while treat, I say once in a while cause my little friend is a senior and 8lbs and needs to lose weight, she has arthritis I give her omega 3 oils and glucosamine for which has greatly helped, I have cut out all biscuits and other treats, and now just giver her a high quality dog food along with cooked carrots and some other non toxic veggies ( she has anal gland issues) the carrots really help with keeping things moving lol. but I would love to make her a little treat every now and then! Its funny cause I don’t eat any animals, yet I give my dog fish oil capsules, and it works, wish there was another form that can help her joints, any suggestions?? I know algae is good for humans to get there omega 3’s …but I don’t know about dogs?

  • Lisa says:

    Love the picture & can always use a new recipe, thanks for sharing! I have two recipes I make for my pups & my clients at Christmas. One is a carob/peanut butter cookie & the other is an apple sauce/honey/carob muffin recipe! My pups prefer the carob/peanut butter cookie tho(hard to kneed dough, but they love them)

  • Louise N. says:

    Great recipe..:) however I wouldn’t put peanut butter in it. Like humans, dogs can be allergic to nuts. I don’t want to challenge fate.. Maybe I’m just an overprotective “frenchie mum”..

  • MargotMak says:

    I’m not sure about dates, (although, I’m not going to try and hope for the best) but NEVER, NEVER allow your pooch to have raisins or grapes – it’s not just that they can’t digest them well, they could actually cause kidney failure.

  • Bunny says:

    I need a receipe for bunny treats =:)

  • Bunny says:

    I need a receipe for bunny treats =:)

  • Jazzi says:

    “finely chopped dates” – probably can’t be worse than CORN…corn or peas on humans…just come out the other end!

  • claudine erlandson says:

    I think our little Dog Louis(rescued from Hurricane Katrina) a Japanese Chin, is allergic to peanuts (it might be the cause of his seizures) Can I make recipe without peanut butter? Or any suggested substitute? I no longer give him any nuts!

  • Sqrrlady says:

    dogs should not eat grapes or raisins because it caused crystals in their urine and eventually kidney disease and/or liver also just some of the many things dogs should not eat along with chocolate

  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Hi Rebecca, I think dates are ok. I haven’t read anything about dates being dangerous and have not experienced any problems feeding them to my dog. They are sweet and sticky like raisins, but dogs are not supposed to eat raisons because they cannot digest grapes well.

  • Blossom says:

    Any good cat treat recipies?

  • Samantha Childs says:

    I love it! Cute writing and great recipe- will have to try it for my little couch companion. :) Keep up the good work!

  • Rebecca Haft says:

    The only thing I’m not sure about in this recipe is the dates…I know dogs aren’t supposed to have raisins..do dates fall in the same category?

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