Simple Coconut Oil Dog Treats You Should Make ASAP
These three-ingredient coconut oil dog treats are super simple to make and are great for your pup’s coat, skin, and breath. 🙌 Plus they have no icky ingredients.
The recipe calls for coconut oil, parsley, and apples, all mixed up and frozen or refrigerated. This is a totally adaptable recipe – feel free to substitute the parsley and apples for any other dog-friendly ingredients you have in your kitchen. You’ll want to use the coconut oil though – it makes a great base for DIY dog treats because it can be both liquid (perfect for mixing!) and perfectly solid when it’s cold. Plus the benefits, oh the benefits of coconut oil!
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs
Let’s quickly talk about what coconut oil can do for dogs. The superfood has been having a ~moment~ for the past few years and for good reason. It can seemingly do it all for people: smooth wrinkles, moisturize skin, balance blood sugar, promote metabolism. But it’s also amazing for dogs. Coconut oil can add a lot of value that your doggo is probably not getting from regular food or treats.
Here are a few benefits coconut oil for dogs (viasitstay.com):
Skin & Coat Health
Clears up eczema
Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
Minimizes doggy odor
Reduces allergic reactions
Creates sleek and glossy coats
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
When applied topically coconut oil promotes wound healing
Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
Increases nutrient absorption
Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome
Reduces or eliminates bad breath
Helps with coughing
Assists with weight loss
Powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents
Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Aids arthritis and ligament problems
Helps prevent infection and disease
Aids in increasing energy
For its part, parsley has plenty of antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin A, C, and folic acid. It’s also said to be a greatnatural breath freshenerfor dogs. And apples are a great source of fiber and also contain vitamin A and C. They can alsoclean residueoff of your dog’s teeth, which helps freshen their breath too.
The combination of these colors kind of remind me of spearmint gum (sort of?) and I love how that goes with our bad-breath-banishing mission.
Okay, let’s get started!
Ingredients & Supplies
1 cup coconut oil, softened
1 medium-sized apple (any kind will do)
1 bunch of parsley
A silicone mold or an ice cube tray*
*I usedthis moldthat I grabbed from Amazon, but you can also do these in ice cube trays or even small dixie cups (just fill the bottom inch or so).
5-10 minutes active time
~ 1 hour passive time
10-14 2″ treats
Chop your apple into bite-sized pieces, discarding the core and seeds. Finely chop your parsley leaves, discarding the stems.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine your softened coconut oil, apple bits, and parsley.
Grab your silicone mold or ice cube tray and fill it up with your mixture. If you’re using the silicone mold that I’m recommending, you’ll want to put a small cutting board under the mold so you can easily move it to the freezer. The mold is extremely flexible, so this will help you prevent spills when you try to pick it up.
Place your entire apparatus – mold + cutting board – in the freezer for about an hour and you’re done. You can also opt to stick these in the refrigerator instead if your dog is sensitive to cold treats. They’ll firm up that way too.
While you wait for your mixture to firm up make sure you tell your dog what a good dog he/she is.
And then hand over a cool homemade treat! (Outside, probably).
Posing for the camera
He’s thinking about it
Okay, GO, GO GO!
If you go the freezer route, these are great treats to help your dog cool down on a hot day
There we go!
I don’t think Emmet had ever had coconut oil, but he loved these treats and seemed genuinely surprised at the new flavor combination. After a few test licks he was all about them! These will keep for several weeks in the fridge. Just pop ’em out of the tray and store them in a ziploc bag. If you’re worried about the fat content, cut these in half or use a smaller mold.