Cooking with Chef Emoji: Healthy Snack Edition

Vegan treats for dogs and humansHi Friends! Chef Emoji here, and Pugapalooza is just around the corner which means I need to be in beach body shape (LOL JK I’m perfect). These healthy treats are vegan and great for pups (and hoomans) with food sensitivities*. So enjoy, and check out cooking tips from Lady!

Our recipe is inspired by Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s Puppy Pizza Bone recipe from our favorite cookbook Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen. The original recipe serves about 50 treats, so you’ll have plenty for friends!

This can be a great supplement to your pup’s meals. Talk with your vet before changing your pup’s diet–especially if they have food allergies or you suspect any food sensitivities!

 

First things first, things you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour – For our batch, Lady used almond flour. Check post-recipe for a note about flour & flour alternatives! 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot – About 1 medium sized carrot)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped spinach – About a handful and for our batch Lady mixed in a handful of brussels sprouts because she was short on spinach (UGH SERIOUSLY!? How is a pug supposed to channel Popeye!?)

Now the fun stuff!

Step 1: Find a comfortable spot to supervise your human. If you’re a human, then make sure your supervisor is comfortable.

Step 2: Pre-heat oven to 350°F and cover a baking pan with parchment paper. Another option is greasing a muffin pan or baking sheet.

Step 3: Chop the spinach, carrots, and brussels sprouts.

Step 4: Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl with your hands and create 1.5 inch disks, or use a cool cookie cutter.

Step 5: Place the bones/disks on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and ENJOY!

 

A note from Lady on flour alternatives options for healthy snacks!

  • Whole Wheat is a kitchen staple and easy option if you and your pup don’t have any issues with wheat or gluten
  • Almond Flour is a great option if your dog (or humans) have a sensitivity to wheat (gluten) or corn. Unlike harmful nuts like walnuts and macadamia, almonds are a great source of healthy fats, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Quinoa Flour is a power food! It’s a great option that is packed with amino acids and a good source of protein (especially for humans!). The only downside is the ‘batter’ can be a bit crumbly. It’s best if you mix it with another type of flour, aka it’s great for when you don’t have enough flour for a recipe.
  • White Flour: If you’re in a pinch and only have white flour, it’s okay. The downside is white flour has less nutrients compared to other flour options.

Learn more about flour alternatives and amounts you should use when substituting. Contact your vet in case of emergency or if you have any questions regarding food allergies.

That’s all for now! What’s your favorite healthy treat? Tag @pugsquadsos and use the hashtag #ChefEmoji to share yours!

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