Simple and easy homemade Oat Cinnamon Apple Dog Treats. Made from just a few simple, real ingredients.
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I love making homemade dog treats for my puppy! And while they can be healthy, please note I am not a vet or any other trained professional. Please contact your vet for more information about what is safe and appropriate for your pet. Find more of our dog treat recipes here!
These Oat Cinnamon Apple Dog Treats are inspired by the flavors of fall with hearty oats, ground cinnamon, and apples. Any type of apple works well in this recipe. And I have also found that any type of oat turns out great as well. Because the base of the dog cookies is ground oats, it results in gluten free dog treats.
My puppy was SO excited when he got one of these for the first time! I like to add ground flax seeds to my dog treats because they are a great source of fiber and are anti-inflammatory. This makes the treats have beneficial properties like helping to ease arthritis and keeping the coat and skin healthy. Talk to your vet about any questions or concerns around using flax seed.
I prefer to give my puppy hard, crunchy dog treats to help with cleaning his teeth. To get harder treats, leave the cookies in the hot oven for a couple hours for them to dry out completely. Store them in a container that breathes as anything air tight will trap any moisture and re-soften them. For soft treats, remove them from the oven immediately and you can keep them in an air tight container. It is best for soft treats to be stored in the refrigerator if lasting more than a couple days because they could start to go bad.
- Place 2 cups of the oats in a food processor and grind until it has a flour-like consistency. Place the ground oats in a large mixing bowl.
- Roughly chop the apples, removing the seeds and core. Grind in the food processor until it begins to resemble apple sauce. You may need to scrape down the sides. Some chunks are okay. Scoop the apple mixture into the mixing bowl.
- To the mixing bowl, add the remaining 1 cup of whole oats, cinnamon, flax seed if using, and honey. Mix to combine. Add additional oats if the mixture is too wet, and honey or water if it is too dry.
- Preheat oven to 350F. If the mixture is sticky, lightly dust the surface with flour or additional ground oats. Roll out the dough to approximately 1/4" thick. Using your desired cookie cutter, cut out the treat shapes and place them on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake treats at 350F for 15 minutes. Turn off the oven, leaving the cookies inside, and let them sit for two hours. This will make the cookies crunchier. For soft cookies, remove them after the 15 minutes to cool at room temperature.
- Store soft treats in an airtight container, kept in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks. Hard treats can be kept at room temperature up to 3 weeks.