Baked Apple Chips: A Tasty Alternative to Store-Bought Dog Treats

When it comes to treating our beloved canine companions, we always want to provide them with the best. While store-bought dog treats are readily available, they often contain additives, preservatives, and unknown ingredients that may not be ideal for our furry friends’ health. That’s where homemade alternatives, like apple chips or crisps, come into play. In this blog post, we will explore how apple chips can be a delicious and nutritious substitute for store-bought dog treats, and we’ll even share a simple recipe to make them at home.  These are also a healthy snack for the human kids and adults in the house!  

Can Dogs Eat Apples?

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat apples in moderation. Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as fibre, which can aid in digestion. They also contain antioxidants, which can help boost your dog’s immune system and reduce inflammation. However, it is important to note that apples should always be given to dogs in moderation, as too much can cause upset stomach or diarrhea. Additionally, the core and seeds of the apple should always be removed, as they contain small amounts of cyanide, which can be toxic to dogs if consumed in large quantities.

Dogs can even eat the skin, in moderation. However, if your dog is prone to an upset stomach, it is recommended to remove the skin first.  The only part of the apple dogs cannot eat is the seeds and core as they contain small amounts of cyanide, which can be toxic to dogs.  While the amount of cyanide in apple seeds is generally not harmful to humans, dogs are much smaller and can be more susceptible to the toxic effects of the substance. Symptoms of cyanide poisoning in dogs can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, lethargy, and difficulty breathing. It is always important to remove the seeds and core of apples before giving them to your dog to avoid any potential risks.

Why Choose Apple Chips for Your Dog

  1. Nutritional Benefits: Apple chips offer a range of nutritional benefits for dogs. Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C, fibre, and antioxidants, which can support your dog’s immune system and overall well-being.
  2. Natural Ingredients: Homemade apple chips allow you to have full control over the ingredients. Unlike many store-bought treats, you can ensure that your dog is enjoying a snack made from fresh, wholesome apples without any additives or artificial flavours.
  3. Easy on Digestion: Apples are gentle on a dog’s digestive system and can help promote healthy bowel movements due to their high fibre content. This makes apple chips a suitable choice for dogs with sensitive stomachs or dietary restrictions.
  4. Dental Health Benefits: The crunchiness of apple chips can assist in cleaning your dog’s teeth by reducing plaque buildup and freshening their breath. Chewing on apple chips can provide a natural way to maintain good oral hygiene for your furry friend.

Homemade Apple Chips Recipe

Prep: 10 mins

Bake: 2-3 hours

Ingredients

  • 2-3 fresh apples (any variety, organic if possible)
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°F (93°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place a rack on top of the baking sheet (you can make these directly on the parchment paper, but dehydrating is faster when air can circulate around the entire apple slice)
  3. Wash the apples thoroughly to remove any dirt or wax. Core the apples and slice them into thin, even rounds (about 1/8th of an inch thick). Ensure you remove the seeds and core as they can be harmful to dogs.
  4. Optional: Lightly sprinkle cinnamon on the apple slices. Cinnamon is safe for most dogs and adds a hint of flavour to the chips. However, consult your veterinarian if your dog has any specific dietary restrictions or health conditions.
  5. Place the apple slices on the prepared rack or baking sheet, ensuring they do not overlap.
  6. Bake the apple slices in the preheated oven for about 2-3 hours, or until they are dry and crispy. Flip the slices halfway through to ensure even baking.
  7. Once the apple chips are ready, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely. This will allow them to become even crispier.

Storage

Store the apple chips in an airtight container or resealable bag. They can be stored at room temperature for up to a week.

Conclusion

By choosing homemade apple chips as a tasty alternative to store-bought dog treats, you can provide your furry friend with a healthy and flavorful snack. Not only are apple chips rich in nutrients, but they also offer dental benefits and are easy to digest. By making your own apple chips at home, you have full control over the ingredients, ensuring your dog gets the best quality treats possible. Give this simple recipe a try, and watch your dog’s tail wag with delight as they savour these homemade delights!

Remember, always consult your veterinarian before introducing any new foods into your dog’s diet, especially if they have specific health conditions or allergies.

Before you go, take a look at some of our other delicious recipes like Irresistible Carob Apple Dog Treat Recipe, Pyramid Pan Beet Turkey Dog Treats or Pumpkin Oatmeal Baked Dog Treats!

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