Chickpea dog treats
This is a healthy dog treat that's packed with nutritional benefits. The dough in this dog treat recipe can be prepared in two ways, baked or dehydrated. I am baking mine today, but I will also include the instructions (towards the end of my article) on how you can dehydrate the dog treats.
The chickpeas are super easy to smash once they're cooked.
- 1 cup of chickpeas, cooked
- ½ cup of sweet potato, cooked and peeled
- ½ cup of carrots, cooked
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup water
If you need the cooking instructions for chickpeas, go back to read my article "Chickpeas for pooches". In that article I went through all the steps to show how I cook them specifically for pet food.
To cook the sweet potato, place it into a pan of boiling water and cook it until it's tender. Boiling a sweet potato usually takes about thirty-five minutes. Drain the water off, allow the sweet potato to cool; peel it and mash it. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together until they’re well blended. You can use a potato masher, blender or a food processor if you'd prefer, or use a large fork and mash all the ingredients together (I just used a fork to mash my ingredients).
Transfer the chickpea mixture by the spoonfuls onto a baking pan and spread it out evenly inside the pan. I just used a large spoon, but you can take your time and spread the dough mixture out with a spatula to make it smoother if you prefer.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about thirty-five minutes. Allow the treats to cool, then cut them into square-shaped pieces and place them in an airtight container and store them inside the refrigerator. The dog treats can also be frozen, then taken out as needed.
To dehydrate the dog treats, add the dough by small spoonfuls on silicone trays, or pipe it out of a bag. (Take a Ziploc bag, cut a dime-sized hole out at one corner, fill the bag with the dough and squeeze it out onto the silicone trays.)
Set the temperature at 150 degrees F and dehydrate for about twelve hours or until done. (The time may vary depending on your dehydrator.)