Blueberry dog treats are a great snack for your pup. Homemade treats are less expensive than store-bought and they are better for your dog. This recipe makes a little over 5 dozen small treats, and they are made with only a handful of ingredients.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Vegan – These vegan dog treats are perfect for those with food sensitivities – they only contain a handful of ingredients and this easy dough comes together quickly with minimal cleanup.
- Quick & Easy – Made entirely in the food processor, this dough is very easy to work with and gives you two months worth of treats in just over 30 minutes.
- Inexpensive – This recipe costs a fraction of what you would pay at the pet store for over 5 dozen treats.
Blueberry treats for dogs
If you are looking for low fat dog treats, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe has a bit of coconut oil in it, but not enough to really move the needle on the fat content.
These banana dog treats have been a big hit with all of the pups I’ve given them to.
Many of the biscuits that I make for my pup have pumpkin in them, like these healthy soft dog treats. They’re perfect for older dogs or those with dental issues.
Can dogs have blueberries?
Yes! Blueberries are a great snack for your pup. This article from the AKC can tell you more. Dogs can eat blueberries in moderation. If you have a very small dog, consider cutting them in half.
One particular point of interest in the article states that “adding antioxidants (like those found in blueberries) to a dog’s diet reduces the effects of brain aging, which is great if you have a senior dog”
- All-purpose flour – The regular flour that you have in the pantry.
- Oats – I use old-fashioned oats, you can also use quick-cooking, if that is what you have. Do not used flavored oatmeal or steel-cut.
- Flax seed – Ground flax seed acts as a binder in the recipe.
- Coconut oil – Gives these treats a bit of healthy fat and moisture.
- Water – Helps to bring the dry ingredients together to form a dough.
- Fresh blueberries – Look for smaller blueberries for these treats.
How to make them
These treats are made in the food processor for quick and easy cleanup.
- The first step is grinding the oats for the treats. You can buy oat flour, but this is less expensive. It takes about 2 minutes in the food processor and you get to control how coarse or fine you want the oats.
- After the oats are broken down, add the flour and flax seed to the food processor. Pulse to combine.
- Add wet ingredients and pulse a few times to incorporate before adding the blueberries.
- Then flour the counter, turn out the dough and lightly dust the top of the dough with flour using a small strainer or sieve.
- Roll out to desired thickness, cut out treats and place on baking sheet. I recommend baking on parchment paper, especially with these treats. If you have bigger pieces of blueberries, they can stick to the pan.
- Gather scraps and re-roll to get the last of the treats cut out.
- Bake until light golden brown, then cool before feeding to your dog.
- The blueberries give these treats added moisture. If you want a really crunchy treat, increase the baking time by another 5 – 8 minutes.
These vegan dog treats are perfect for pups with dietary issues. I’ve had a few readers message me about egg substitutions for their pups. This treat is egg-free.
It is also helpful for dog owners who are vegan, because they don’t have eggs in the house, but still want to spoil their pups.
Blueberry dog treats FAQ’s
Yes! Oatmeal in small quantities is great for dogs with sensitive stomachs. It is also part of a hypoallergenic diet for dogs with food sensitivities.
Absolutely. You can put them in frozen or if you prefer to thaw, make sure they are drained well. The extra liquid will make the dough gummy and mushy.
These blueberry dog treats are best stored in the refrigerator, or freezer, if you want to keep them for a bit longer.
They will last about 7 – 10 days in the fridge. Freeze them for up to 3 months to extend the life.
Variations and substitutions
If you don’t have flax seeds, but you have chia seeds, you can make that substitution. Hemp seeds may also work, though I haven’t tried it.
You can swap out plain water for broth, but make sure the broth is not made with onions or other ingredients that are toxic to dogs. I keep some vegetable scraps, like carrot peels and broccoli stems to make a quick vegetable broth for treats.
Helpful tools and equipment
Here is a list of suggested equipment for making your blueberry dog treats.
- Food processor – Used to grind the oats and mix the dough together.
- Measuring cups – If you don’t have a set, you’ll need these.
- Rubber spatula – I prefer these commercial grade spatulas because they are not as flimsy as the ones for regular home use.
- Rolling dowel – Basically, the perfect rolling pin.
- Bone shaped cutters – This is the exact set I have. I’ve had them for years and they hold up really well to a lot of use. I used the 2″ cutter for these treats.
More dog biscuits
In addition to these homemade dog treats with blueberries, here are a few more biscuits for your pup:
- Peanut butter banana dog treats
- Fresh breath dog biscuit
- Healthy sweet potato dog treats
- Pumpkin turmeric dog treats
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- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour + more for flouring countertop
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 177°C / Gas mark 4.
- In the bowl of a food processor, grind one cup of oats until it is almost flour consistency.
- Add all purpose flour and ground flax seed to oat flour. Run food processor for 15 - 30 seconds to combine.
- Pour coconut oil and water over flour mixture. Pulse 10 - 15 times to combine.
- Add blueberries and pulse until combined and dough comes together.
- Flour counter and turn dough out onto floured surface.
- Flour rolling pin and gently roll out dough until it is 1/8" thick.
- Use 2 inch cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Gather dough scraps, re-roll and cut treats out from remaining dough.
- Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
- Cool completely before giving to your pup.
I use a small sifter to dust the dough, this helps control the amount of flour.
Store treats in the refrigerator for 7 - 10 days. Freeze treats for up to 3 months.
Yield will vary depending on the cookie cutter you use, and also the thickness of your dough.
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Serving Size:1 treat
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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Originally published 5/21/21.