7 Easy Recipes For Nut Free Dog Treats

If you’re a pet parent, you know that sometimes it can be hard to find the right treats for your pup. You want something that’s healthy and enjoyable for them, but also safe. As it turns out, there’s one type of treat that fits the bill perfectly – nut free dog treats. 

In this article, we will share 7 easy recipes for nut free dog treats. However, we will first discuss why nut free dog treats are great for your dog.

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Why Are Nut Free Dog Treats Beneficial For Dogs

1. Banana Applesauce Bites
2. Sweet Potato Treats
3. Apple Cinnamon Bites
4. Carrot Puffs
5. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Popsicle
6. Banana Oat Bars
7. Salmon Jerky

Why Are Nut Free Dog Treats Beneficial For Dogs

The first reason to choose nut-free treats is because some dogs can have allergies to certain types of nuts. Even if you think your pup is healthy, it’s always best to err on the side of caution when selecting food and treats. This means avoiding any ingredients that could potentially cause an allergy or sensitivity in your pup. Nuts are one of the most common allergens, so opting for a nut-free treat is the best way to ensure that your pup stays healthy and happy. If you would like more information on nut allergies in dogs, here is a  good article.

Nut-free dog treats offer a number of health benefits as well, including healthier digestion and better overall nutrition. Nuts are often high in fat and calories, which can lead to weight gain if they make up too large a portion of your pup’s diet. Nut-free treats are typically much lower in fat and calories than those containing nuts, making them a healthier alternative. Additionally, they often contain other beneficial ingredients like fruits and vegetables which can provide essential vitamins and minerals for your pup’s health. 

Finally, nut-free dog treats are often just as delicious as those containing nuts – if not more! Many pet parents report back after trying various brands with their pups that nut-free options tend to be tastier and more enjoyable than their nutty counterparts. So not only will you be providing them with a safe treat option – you’ll also be giving them something that tastes great!  

Without further ado, here are our 7 recipes for nut free dog treats. 

1. Banana Applesauce Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup of applesauce
  • ¼ cup of oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Step 1: Mash one ripe banana and combine with ½ cup of applesauce, ¼ cup of oat flour, and 2 tablespoons of honey until the mixture forms a dough. 

Step 2: Scoop out small amounts of the dough and shape them into bite-sized treats before baking on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet at 350°F (176°C) for 12 minutes.

2. Sweet Potato Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • ¼ cup of olive oil

Step 1: Peel and cut one sweet potato into thin slices. 

Step 2: Place in a single layer onto a baking sheet, brush with olive oil, then bake at 375°F  (190°C) for 20 minutes or until crisp. Let cool before serving as treats!

3. Apple Cinnamon Bites

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of cooked apples
  • ½ cup of oats
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Step 1: In a medium bowl, mash ¾ cup of cooked apple with ½ cup of oats, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon honey until combined. 

Step 2: Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet (or make dollops with an ice cream scoop) and bake at 350°F (176°C) for 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

4. Carrot Puffs

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots
  • 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (or other flour)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Step 1: Boil two carrots until soft, then puree in a food processor or blender. 

Step 2: Add 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (or other favorite flour) plus 1 tablespoon honey to the puree to create a doughy texture. 

Step 3: Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper, then use a cookie cutter to form shapes — place on greased baking sheets and bake at 400°F (204°C) for 10-15 minutes or until nicely golden.

Interested in knowing whether you can cook dog food with all purpose flour? Check out our guide here

5. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Popsicle

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Step 1: Combine ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, ½ cup canned pumpkin puree, 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (or other nut free spread), 2 teaspoons honey, and pinch of cinnamon in a blender.

Step 2: Blend together well, then pour into popsicle molds and freeze for about 4 hours before enjoying!

6. Banana Oat Bars

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of rolled oats
  • ⅛ teaspoon of sea salt

Step 1: Mash one large ripe banana in a bowl, then stir in 1 tablespoon honey with ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract.

Step 2: Add ¾ cup rolled oats and ⅛ teaspoon sea salt while stirring until combined evenly throughout the mixture.

Step 3: Spread onto a greased 8×8 inch square pan, pressing down lightly on top with the backside of the spoon.

Step 4: Bake at 350°F (176°C) for about 20 minutes or until the edges are a nice golden brown color. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

7. Salmon Jerky

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14-15 oz) wild salmon or chopped fresh salmon
  • 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes or grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of onion powder 

Step 1: Mix together 1 can (14-15 oz) wild salmon or freshly chopped salmon, 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes or grated Parmesan cheese (optional) plus ¼ teaspoon each garlic powder & onion powder.

Step 2: Spread onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 200°F (93°C) for approximately 3 hours, turning once during cooking time to ensure an even drying process – let cool before giving to your pup as an occasional nutritious treat!


We hope you enjoyed our recipes for nut free dog treats! If you would like more recipes for your pup, we have some quinoa recipes for you to try.

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