Saturday, April 9, 2011

Recipe: Chicken Veggie Meatball Treats for Your Dog

At a recent Havanese play day, the dogs were treated to lots of homemade goodies baked especially for them.  These were one of Cosmo's favorites, and mine too. Nice and dry on the outside so they are easy to handle, but moist and meaty on the inside for optimal pup enjoyment! 

Doggie Chicken/Veggie Treatballs
Thanks Sharlene for sharing this recipe:

2 cups of chicken, cooked and cut up into chunks

1/2 cup applesauce unsweetened

1/2 cup veggies - can be green beans, spinach, zucchini, etc. These were made with green beans.
1/2 banana

  • Cook the green beans.
  • Place all ingredients in blender or food processor to make a paste-like consistency. Drop by teaspoon or smaller drop for smaller dogs. In this batch, Sharlene used about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp because, she says, "I knew the dogs would be pigging out on treats!"
  • Dehydrate for 3 to 5 hours depending on size. They should be dry on the outside and moist on the inside. Store in refrigerator and freeze if they won't be eaten within a week.
Since I don't have a dehydrator, I looked for an alternative. Sharlene suggested it might work in an oven at about two hours on low 200-250ish heat. These treatballs are all precooked so it's just a matter of drying on the outside, moist on the inside. I found a few other tips online for dehydrating in an oven.

I haven't tried to make these myself yet, since I imagine I may get a better result with a dehydrator.  A quick search also showed a wide range of dehydrators available. Does anyone have a favorite dehydrator and have you found them useful? Please comment below!

Now, grab yourself a Treatball and let's go to the Saturday Pet Blogger's Hop!


  1. That recipe looks divine for both humans and their dogs! Gotta try that!

  2. All I had to do was read the title and Oliver was on my lap. Oh my; guess we'll be cooking tonight!

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  3. I have a super cheapo dehydrator that I found for 5 bucks at a garage sale. It has served me faithfully for years. About the only feature that might be worth paying for is an internal thermometer so you can know what temperature you are drying at. Otherwise, the cheapest one works the same as the most expensive.

    Thanks for the comment from the Blog Hop.

  4. Yummy! I'll have to try these for Kirby. Sometimes I make a batch of Meaty Muffins for his meals(recipe on my blog) which he loves but these would be great for treats.

    I love my dehydrator and use it a lot. I dry herbs, peppers, etc for us and for Kirby I dry mostly fish and liver.

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  5. Thanks for sharing the recipe. We don't have a dehydrator either but are curious how these would turn out in the oven.

    We're thinking a dehydrator may be something to buy. There are endless healthy treat possibilities if you have one!

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