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Say ‘No’ to Kibble: Vegan Dog-Food Recipe

The following article was written by Corinne Alexaki. 

Does feeding processed kibble to your pooch gross you out? Have you been told that your canine companion could not survive on a cruelty-free diet? If so, you are not alone. Many people have eliminated meat from their diet but are afraid to do so with their beloved bow-wow because they believe that dogs are meant to be carnivores. Well, happy day! Many dogs do quite well on a vegan diet.

Meet my vegan doggie, Daphne. She is a “poochie foodie” and loves this recipe so much that when I set her food down, she shoves her entire face into the bowl and the feeding frenzy begins. She doesn’t stop, not even for the doorbell, until she has licked her bowl clean. Is she healthy, you may ask? She plays harder and longer than her canine counterparts and has a clean bill of health from the vet.

Did you know that the term “carnivore” refers to a diet that is primarily flesh-based, not entirely flesh-based? Wild canines love to gobble their greens, too, and they are by no means flesh-dependent, like zombies.

The most important thing for your dog, aside from lots of love and exercise, is a well-balanced diet, not necessarily a meat-based diet. So try this peanut-buttery, sweet-potatoey stovetop or slow-cooker recipe to give your puppy prince or princess the cruelty-free, unprocessed gooey goodness that he or she deserves!

Homemade Sweet-Potato Peanut-Butter Vegan-Dog Delight
6 cups (filtered) water
1 cup mixed rice and quinoa (I mix black, brown, and long grain rice with black and/or
white quinoa.)
1 cup mixed lentils (I mix green, red, and French lentils.)
3 medium sweet potatoes sliced into 1-inch cubes
3 cups or 24 oz. natural peanut butter
1½ cups or 8 to 12-oz. apple cider vinegar, optional (My dog is a flat-nosed breed, which means she tends to get gassy. The vinegar gets rid of virtually all of her gas, but if your dog does not have a problem with this, you can omit the vinegar.)
8 g hemp protein
1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil with DHA (Store in the fridge or freezer.)
200-250 mg cranberry extract (Since a vegan diet is alkalizing, your dog may need this acidifier to maintain a healthy urinary pH.)
VegeDog multivitamin powder
Prozyme Plus (This helps with digestion so that your dog can absorb as many nutrients as possible.)
125 mg PB8 brand probiotic (1/4 pill)

  • Boil the water.
  • Add the rice, lentils, and sweet potatoes.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes to 1 hour, or until all ingredients are soft. Stir occasionally and add more water as needed. Too much water is better than not enough water. (Remember, you want the ingredients to be extra moist because they will be easier to digest.)
  • Mash the sweet potatoes with a fork and mix thoroughly. Let cool.
  • Add the peanut butter and vinegar. Stir well.
  • Place 3 to 5 servings in your refrigerator and store the rest in the freezer.
  • Measure 2/3 cup of food per meal.*
  • At mealtime: Add hemp protein, flaxseed oil, cranberry extract, Vegedog, Prozyme Plus, and PB8 into the 2/3 cup of food. Mix well and serve twice daily.

* Serving size is based on the diet of a 20-lb. dog. Please adjust the portion size to suit your dog’s weight.

Note: Please remember, as with the introduction of any new food, to introduce this new diet gradually. This means replacing a small portion of your dog’s current food with the new food and gradually increasing the amount of new food while decreasing the amount of old food over a period of approximately 10 days.

Wild canines keep their smiles sparkling by chewing on sticks and bones, so don’t forget to brush your pupperoni’s teeth! I brush Daphne’s teeth every day, and her favorite dental snacks are sliced apple, Sam’s Yams, and PETA’s vegan pig ears.

Stay tuned for gluten-free Vegan Scooby Doo Scones!

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  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Hi Roberts and Olivia! Yes, this is the staple food I feed to Daphne. I have some variations such as using almond butter rather than peanut butter, I’ll add greens or blueberries, and have tried several different brands and types of protein powder. Daphne is 4 1/2, and I have been feeding this recipe to her for 4 years. As indicated in the recipe, I do use supplements to ensure she is getting the vitamins and minerals she needs. Daphne has done very well on this diet–has lots of energy, is intelligent and good-natured, maintains a healthy weight, and when she has standard bloodwork done, her lab results indicate that all of her metabolic levels are good, and that all organs are functioning properly.

  • Ashley says:

    Hey everyone! I thought I would give another idea for vegan food for the pups. I did a lot of research and talking to my vet about their diet he said it was perfect. I have two dogs, both around 7 years old. My boxer, Murphy is about 70 lbs. and my Dogo/Amstaf/Who knows named Jakey is 90 lbs. So needless to say, they can put down some food. In a regular sized crockpot I combine about 4 or so cups of good quality grain (usually brown rice and oatmeal), 4 cups of good quality protein (lentils, beans, etc.), and a mix of vegetables. I try to use vegetables with different colors, since different colored vegetables usually have different and important nutrients. I always use sweet potato and/or carrots (good for their eyes), greens, apples, and pretty much whatever I have that is suitable for dogs. Obviously no onions, grapes, corn. Cover with water and let cook while you’re out doing whatever you are doing. One of my dogs ate rocks as a puppy, so he doesn’t have much in the way of teeth, so I would also blend this. Plus, it ensures they get the nutrients. Dogs have a very short digestive tract, so often times, they will end up pooping it out before it is actually broken down. They also really liked it when I would add a little yogurt, avocado and parsley to top of their bowl. To feed both of my big boys twice a day, I would usually have to make a new batch every couple of days. You will obviously want to cool this before feeding. Dogs (and people) do best with room temperature food. I stored the rest in the fridge and let sit before serving, although it’s not completely necessary to let sit. Having a nutritional supplement on hand will help to ease your mind at the beginning of the transition. I used one called VegeDog. They didn’t care for the taste, but I would hide it under the yogurt or in the middle of the food and they ate it just fine. I hope this helps those of you wanting to make the transition with your pups! Good luck!

  • Danielle says:

    Yvonne – Please be careful giving your dog raisins or grapes! They are toxic to dogs.

  • Roberts says:

    I’ve been thinking about making the switch for my boys for some time, now. My one concern is that I’d be depriving them of some essential nutrients and your post doesn’t indicate that you’ve consulted with a veterinary nutritionist. While I’m happy that the diet seems to be working for your dog, it’s not clear what the long-term effects might be. How long have you been feeding Daphne this recipe?

  • Olivia says:

    Hi Corinne, thanks for this awesome recipe! I was wondering if this was the main dish Daphne usually gets for her meals or if you have any other favorites? I am planning on transitioning my dogs to a veggie diet and wanted to know if this meal can be the staple that replaces what I have been giving them? (And I can change it up for them by adding other veggies they like etc.)

  • Bc says:

    Great recipe but peanut butter can be toxic and sometimes cancer causing. It’s probably best to remove from the recipe.

  • Leigh Matthews says:

    This is a great recipe, virtually the same as what I feed my vegan pooch (a high-energy border collie).

    I’m mainly commenting, though, to let Yvonne who feeds her pup(s) raisins know that raisins are toxic to dogs! Grapes and, therefore, raisins are a definite no for pups so please switch that dried fruit component to something else!

    Great to see that there are so many vegan dogs and their companions around.

  • Britjayde says:

    Hey there, this recipe sounds amazing – I have a 12 week old german shepherd pup who is growing rapidly.. Say he should end up 30-40kg in weight, what portion of this food would you estimate for him?
    As 20lb = approx. 9kg would you suggest I just times the recipe by 3 or 4?
    Thanks! Brit

  • yvonne mustapha says:

    My dog and I eat the same food,lots of brown rice, lentils/chick peas vegetables and fruit,Oats, dried fruits such as raisins and apricots, munch on home made popcorn. I am now going to try savoury home made biscuits made with split pea flour, yeast flakes and other seasoning other then salt as though l like it , its not good for my dog. I would welcome any simple recipes for my dog as I find it difficult to get pro-biotic powder and dried cranberry flakes,which l may try to substitute with cider vinegar

  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Hi Cheryl,

    I would speak to your vet about how much protein is appropriate for your puppy. Most of the ingredients in this recipe contain some protein, so after speaking with your vet, I think you will be better informed as to which ingredients need to be lessened or omitted. Best of luck!

  • Al P says:

    Just a comment on the efficacy of a vegan diet. Our 9 yr old Spitz/Pom has elevated liver enzymes and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. We switched her (and our young puppy) to vegan, and after three months ran a blood panel on the 9 yr old. Just as happened to me when I went vegan, she lost 10% of her body weight, her cholesterol dropped 100 points, the liver enzymes dropped in half, and her thyroid medication was cut in half. My recipe is a bit different; I use chickpeas, brown rice, sweet potato, diced carrots and peas, along with crushed pineapple (a digestive aid), chopped and blanched kale (good for liver and heart health), and nutritional yeast (a storehouse of both vitamins and minerals).

    Check out the book, “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell; his findings apply to all mammals, not just rats and humans. Our daughter lost her 6 yr old to stage 5 lymphoma, and I’m a believer in Campbell’s findings: “The ingestion of animal based protein is a catalyst for the development of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and autoimmune diseases. The ingestion of a whole food, plant based protein diet is an inhibitor of these ‘diseases of affluence'”…

  • harmony says:

    What a great recipe! My shepherd already loves most of the ingredients featured. He will think he has died and gone to Heaven.

  • Sunnyday7 says:

    Is this for all dogs- I have pekingese, shitzu and a chocolate lab

  • Cheryl says:

    I am looking at helping my dog become vegetarian or vegan because she has been diagnosed with kidney insufficiency. She is only 6-7 months old. I am hoping a vegan diet will help her. She needs low protein, low salt and low phosphorus. If I leave out the peanut butter and protein powder, what do you think?

  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Hi Jemima, I feel that it is important to be sure that your dog is taking a good supplement. If the VegeDog is too expensive, I suggest using a conventional, non-vegan multivitamin. While this may seem contradictory, if using a non-vegan multivitamin enables you to shift your dog to a healthier, non-processed, vegan diet, it’s better for your dog, and the other animals if you compromise rather than continue to feed your dog something you’re not comfortable with. I would not recommend skimping on cranberry extract; cranberry juice is not sufficient because it contains very little cranberry and is mostly sugar and grape juice. Shop around, you may find something that is priced right! I get my cranberry at Whole Foods, but I know Walmart sells inexpensive cranberry pills that you can break open and sprinkle into the food. The probiotic and digestive enzymes I recommend, but are by no means required. Let me know how it works out!

  • Jemima says:

    Hi, this sounds like a really nice recipe! My dog already loves peanut butter and goes crazy for sweet potatoes. However, I do have an issue with feeding my dog this.

    I would love for my dog to be a vegetarian as I am also and I loathe feeding my dog meat as it is distressing and also against my beliefs. But I am afraid that I wouldn’t be able to afford the Vegedog multivitamin powder as it sounds quite expensive and hard to find, the cranberry extract (can I just use cranberry juice instead?), PB8 brand probiotic or the proenzyme plus. The other stuff sounds reasonably affordable and I do hope I can make this for my dog.

    Could you possibly give me some websites, tips or just any information to help me find the ingerdients or cheaper substitutes?

    Thanks very much

  • Carla alvarez says:

    No , rice and potatoes only is obviously not good !!!

  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Hi Kevin, please contact me on Facebook I look forward to hearing all about your website!

  • Kevin says:

    Corinne, this dish looks delicious….I want to share it with all subscribers in my website in our new 4 Course cookbook!

  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Hi Hollands! I think your puppy will love it! I fed my puppy 3 times per day until she was about 6 months old, and have been feeding her twice per day since. I think this recipe has enough calories for a puppy, as a matter of fact, you may want to cut out a bit of peanut butter once your dog has fully matured. As with all diets, I recommend monitoring how your puppy does on this diet, and you may adjust portion size, as well as how much peanut butter and protein powder you use accordingly. I absolutely recommend using the supplements, not only for puppies, but for mature dogs too. I think the main concern for puppies is that they are receiving the right amount of nutrients and calories, so whatever you do, don’t discount the importance of the supplements.

  • The Hollands says:

    Hi there! Love the look of this recipe!! Can you feed this to an 8 week old puppy? How many times a day would you recommend and would you modify any of the ingredients for a puppy? Thank you 🙂

  • robin says:

    Can u please give me a round about of the price it cost to make this food please!

  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Hi Steph, This recipe makes approximately 18 cups. For me, it lasts about 2 weeks, but I cannot say whether or not this recipe would last that long for your dog if he/she needs to eat more at each meal. My dog is just over 20 lbs. And yes, you are correct, I add an equal amount of supplements at each meal, which is two meals per day. You would need to adjust that amount if you feed your dog more or less often, and follow the weight instructions on the supplements as they may require you to use more or less depending on your dog’s weight. Let me know if you try it out. I would love to hear how you and your dog like it 🙂

  • Steph says:

    How much does the whole recipe make? Wondering how long it will last. Also, is it safe to assume the amounts of all the add ins are what you add in with each meal?

  • Corinne Alexaki says:

    Hi CBHampton! I used to feed vegetarian kibble to my dog and she also started to refuse it. I thought about whether or not I would eat the stuff, and because the answer was “no,” I considered cooking something for her that I would eat too. Daphne has been tested at the veterinarian in order to make sure she is receiving all the nutrients she needs. The tests have never indicated that she is unhealthy, or that she is missing something in her diet. Quite the contrary, actually. The vet says she is a very healthy dog.

    I have chosen the supplements mentioned in the recipe because I believe they cover all of her dietary needs. You can access the site where these products are sold by clicking on the brand names in the ingredient list. The words “Vegedog” and “Prozyme Plus” are hyperlinked to their website. I find both the flaxseed oil and probiotic supplements at Whole Foods. Spectrum makes a flaxseed oil with vegetarian DHA, and the PB8 probiotic pills come in vegetarian and non-vegetarian formulas.

    Best of luck with the children 🙂

  • Flummoxed says:

    My eighteen year old Persian (that’s a cat) will be amazed to hear she cannot be living. Scientific literature and study information abounds at university libraries, this site and scores of others right where you are now, without having to go out to a bookstore or library. The finding is easy. Most vets will agree with healthy vegetarian diets for pets just as most docs agree with plant based eating for humans being the absolute most physically healthy thing a human can do for themselves along with exercise. The question is not really if there are facts that prove vegetarian diets will work, but if you are blinded so much by your own resistance to change that you will not see or hear the facts if faced with them. There are many people who have serious issues surrounding changing their minds/opinions on any subject, once called closed-minded before the age of more political correctness. Once they make up their mind, they feel they must be convinced to change it and that others should be challenged to do so. The fact is, other people are not in the business of changing your mind for you and shouldn’t have to be. The information is right in front of you at this moment, presented in an interesting, easy to understand and scientific way, as much as any other information out there. Enroll in a class and pay for the information if you don’t want to do the research yourself. If you don’t want to expend the energy or money for a class and feel you can do it yourself, there are many viable research options available through this PETA site alone. Avail yourself of them. Or stagnate. That part is up to you.

  • CBHampton says:

    I have been feeding both of my dogs a vegan diet since 6 months of age, and I have been using a food called HA by Purina. I have been happy with it for the most part, but as of recent my oldest dog now 3 won’t touch it. While I have been looking for other processed dog foods (vegan of course) or a recipe, I have been preparing him white rice and potatoes. My question is, does this recipe cover all of the nutients they will need in their diet? And if so, where can I get those you mentioned? Thank you for your love and attention to my children. CBHampton

  • Cynthia says:

    Cats are obligated carnivores so they cannot be fed a vegan diet, however dogs are omnivores so its okay I suppose however, this recipe does not give any valid facts on the matter if vegan diets offer the same health benefits as a raw meat diet would. Knee bones from cattle are great for dogs to chew on for teeth cleaning carrots are good for bad breath and all but still does the vegan diet for dogs offer a supplement for these health needs?

  • mckenma777 says:

    I’m going to try it. My dogs’ favorite treat is organic apples. Every night before I go to bed I give them one. If I forget, they let me know! ; ) I already make their dog food, so using a different recipe won’t be a big deal. Thank YOU for sharing it!

  • onthepath says:

    Hey Lizzz!
    Take a look at this video. It is the best explanation you will EVER hear on why we as humans are supposed to eat vegan. You should watch all of it, there are a lot of key points on human biology.

  • cynnnn says:

    ralph: check this out.

    brambles is the oldest living dog and she’s vegan. 27 years old.

  • Loosly says:

    Cats must never be vegan or vegetarian, but a dog can. I will try this, but I bet the farm that my dog will not eat it. She likes peanut butter so maybe that will help. But I have never had a dog who would eat an apple, a carrot or any vegetable.

  • Claire says:

    If you knew WHAT they actually put in dry dog food, you would never feed it to your pets again. Actually they use other dead dogs, parts of collars, leashes, trash, bugs, doesnt matter. They are NOT regulated by an agency, so they can say whatever they want to about what is in their food. The vitamins that are 600% of the daily recommended dose will also kill them quckly by ruining their organs……Also, Over in Europe they feed their dogs human food, and they live almost twice as long as here.

  • Ralph says:

    I appreciate people’s opinions but what I really want is hard facts. If anyone genuinely recommends feeding a dog and cats a non meat diet do they have access to evidence that it can work. If any evidence has been gathered on the long term health of vego animals that are natural meat eaters, can anyone please post links to that. M
    Many htanks,

  • Rachel says:

    Dogs can live without meat, but cats can’t.

  • Lizzz says:

    Dogs can survive on a vegan diet, but that doesn’t make it healthy. cats on the otherhand are strict carnivores, if they are fed vegan they would almost certainly perish,so pretty much vegan is not healthy for animals, in truth, it’s not even very healthy for humans

  • cat_rescue says:

    please don’t try to feed cats a vegan diet!! most cats do very poorly. i know we are here because we love animals, and i am veg too, but cats need meat based food. that doesnt mean you cannot give them veggies though – my cats LOVE shredded romaine lettuce, but meat based kibble is most of their diet. (i have worked in cat rescue for many many years, and never heard good things about cat vegan diets!)

  • agnes says:

    I read somewhere once that dogs can be vegetarian with no problems, but that cats can only get a particular and essential nutrient from meat – I think it’s taurine or something like that. Will have to investigate.

  • V says:

    Anything for a vegan ferret??

  • somarvelis says:

    I also would like kitty recipes

  • Jenny says:

    I know we all want to save animals, but it’s not right to feed your animals vegan diets. They are naturally carnivores. Imagine a lion eating a vegan diet… Dogs eating a vegetarian diet is one thing, but I would DEFINITELY not recommend a vegan diet for cats. They live almost exclusively off rodents and birds in the wild. I feed my animals Primal Raw Food diets. It is all 100% organic and the animals are pastured, raised the way they should be. At least give your cats meat. It’s just not right to deprive them of that. And pretty much every vet will tell you it is not healthy for them, even holistic vets. The best option is organic, pastured, raw food or organic, pastured, cooked canned food. It’s even better if you can buy the meat from a local farmer and make the food yourself. I love being vegan and saving lives, but I could never take that away from my animals, it’s just not natural for them and can really hurt their health. Anyway, this is just my opinion. To each his own, right? Do whatever you think is best for your furry loves, just make sure they get regular vet care so you can monitor their health!

  • riri says:

    awesome! how about a vegan catfood? id love to give my kitties some healthy cruelty free noms!

  • Madison says:

    Hey, what about for cats? I’ve heard mixed things about switching your cat to a vegan diet.