This single-ingredient homemade apple dog treat is super simple to make, crunchy and a healthy snack that dogs can share with their favorite human.
This past week I traded in our organic homemade sweet potato dog chips for some crunchy baked apple chips and the dogs did not seem to mind in the slightest.
I love making these baked apple chips because they taste so good and I know that they’re a healthy treat for Odin, Finn and Lou and we can share!
All you need to make these simple baked apple chips for dogs is 2 washed, cored and sliced apples.
The apples you use are ultimately up to you.
I use whatever I have in my fridge and today the apples I had were Honey Crisp.
I sprinkle our apple chips with Ceylon Cinnamon but that’s an optional addition.
Simple Baked Apple Chips For Dogs
This easy homemade dog treat recipe is pretty basic and doesn’t need much explaining so I’ll just share how I make them.
- 2 apples washed, cored and sliced thin
- Ceylon Cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 225° Farheinheit
- Remove the core and seeds of the apples with an apple corer
- Thinly slice apples using a knife or mandolin (leave the apple skin on)
- Place apple slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (optional-sprinkle with cinnamon)
- Bake for 2-3 hours or until apple slices are crips and dried (flip apple slices after 1 hour)
- Let apple chips cool completely and serve to your dog.
- Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the cupboard for up to 7 days.
The amount of apple slices you get will depend on the size of your apples and how thin you slice them.
The baking time will vary based on how thick your apple slices are:)
This apple chip recipe gave me 24 apple slices.
Can Dogs Have Apples?
According to the American Kennel Club, “Apples are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and antioxidants.”
They are also packed with fiber and are a healthy treat for dogs that need to lose a few pounds but don’t want to miss out on any snacks.
Most dogs can tolerate apples well in moderation but it’s always best to talk to your veterinarian before giving any new food.
Apple seeds and the apple core should not be fed to dogs.
Can Dogs Have Cinnamon?
Most dogs can tolerate small amounts of cinnamon in moderation and according to the ASPCA, it is not toxic.
Cinnamon sticks, cinnamon that contains sugar and essential oils that contain cinnamon, are another story which is why I only use Ceylon cinnamon in homemade dog treat recipes.
Ingestion of large amounts of cinnamon by dogs can lead to liver damage, changes in heart rate, vomiting and diarrhea and a drop in blood sugar.
Since Ceylon has less coumarin than Cassia cinnamon, it is considered a safer and more beneficial option for dogs by most veterinarian professionals.