Healthy Dog Treats Recipe: Carrot and Fig Cakes

Was that dog treat recalled? Do you want your dog to ingest Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose or maltodextrose?

Trying to stay away from dog treats that have been recalled or have toxic ingredients can be a challenge. Sometimes it is just easier to make your own healthy dog treats. By making dog treats in the comfort of your kitchen, you can ensure quality control. Not only will you be able to purchase organic and even locally sourced ingredients, but you have the opportunity to modify a dog treat recipe to meet the needs of your special dog.

Foods and herbs have an effect on our body, and this goes for our dogs too. By choosing specific food, including herbs and spices, you can help boost your dog’s mental and physical well-being. Please keep in mind all dogs are different in their dietary needs. If your dog has medical conditions or is on a special diet, please speak to your veterinarian.

Carrot and Fig Cakes

Recipe from Dexter’s Delights: Fun and Healthy Treats For Dogs


  • 1 cup chickpea flour (High in protein and fiber and low in calories. Packed with vitamins, good for bone and heart health.)
  • ½ cup carrots
  • ½ cup figs
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon (Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, heart-healthy, cancer prevention, improves dental health and digestion.)
  • ½ tsp. clove (Aids in digestion helps fight against cancer, protects the liver and boosts the immune system.)


1. Preheat oven to 300oF.
2. Dice figs.
3. Puree carrots then whisk in eggs, diced figs, baking powder, cinnamon and clove.
4. Place mixture into a large mixing bowl and add flour and mix well.
5. Fill each ceramic coated mini cupcake pan 2/3 full with batter.
6. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes.
8. Run a butter knife around edges of each cup and invert onto baking sheet to remove cupcakes.

17 mini cakes, 47 calories each, Fat 1 gram, Protein 3 grams


Tonya WilhelmTonya Wilhelm

Tonya Wilhelm, a dedicated dog training specialist, author, and public speaker, has traveled the USA presenting seminars and promoting positive dog training with a holistic approach.  Named one of the top ten dog trainers in the United States, she has helped thousands of dog parents build happy, long-lasting relationships with their dogs using only humane, kind, and positive dog training methods.  She has authored a variety of books, including Proactive Puppy Care, Please Stay-Help For A Dog With Separation Anxiety and is co-author of What’s For Dinner, Dexter?: Cooking For Your Dog Using Chinese Medicine Theory. Tonya is a frequent blogger and contributor to various magazines. Local clients can choose group dog training classes or private, one-on-one behavioral training. Globally, Tonya provides dog training services via phone and internet, and presents workshops at pet expos. Visit Tonya at

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