Makes 20 to 30 3-inch-long dog bone–shaped cookies These colorful, crunchy cookies use unsweetened applesauce as a sweetener. You can use applesauce with cinnamon to add a different flavor to the cookies.
1⁄2 cup ground high-quality dog food kibble
2 cups grated carrots
1⁄2 cup applesauce
1⁄2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
How to make Carrot Crunchies
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Put the dog food kibble in a food processor or blender and grind to a coarse flour.
Measure 1⁄2 cup after grinding.
Use a food processor or blender to puree the grated carrots.
Add the applesauce and yogurt to the food processor or blender and puree again, until the mixture is a smooth, thick, pale orange cream.
Spoon the pureed mixture into a large bowl. Add the flour, ground dog food kibble, and baking powder.
Mix until a dough forms, and then knead with your hands until mixed well. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
Drop the ball of dough onto a floured breadboard and roll out to slightly thicker than 1⁄4 inch. The dough will be soft; don’t roll it too thin.
Use a 3-inch dog bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut the rolled dough into shapes.
Place the cookies on greased cookie sheets.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Flip them over and bake for another 10 minutes, until both sides are golden brown.
Remove from the oven, let cool thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.
For crisper treats, when all the cookies have been baked, turn off the oven.
Put all the cookies back on a cookie sheet and return them to the oven.
Leave them in the cooling oven for several hours or overnight to harden.
NUTRITIONAL NOTES: CARROTS
Carrots may have been one of the first foods cultivated by humans. Native to Asia, they were introduced to the Mediterranean, then to Europe, and then to the Americas. Today, carrots are grown throughout the world.
Most dogs enjoy carrots for their sweetness and crunchiness. Dog owners like to use carrots as a treat and an ingredient in treats because they are rich in nutrients, especially antioxidants.
1 medium-size raw carrot contains:
• 30 calories
• 1 gram protein
• 0 fat
• 7 grams carbohydrates
• 25 mg sodium
• 20 mg calcium
• 32 mg phosphorus
• 2000 RE vitamin A
• 7 mg vitamin C