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Low-fat and low-calorie dog treats recipe

Canine Nutritionist Kristina Johansen shares her quick and easy recipe for low-fat, low-calorie homemade dog treats.

Dog treat chickpeas in bowl

These treats have a satisfying crunch, are nutritious for your dog and can be made in just 10 minutes.

Small but mighty, chickpeas pack a nutritional punch for relatively few calories, while coconut oil is not only delicious, but also contains medium chain triglycerides. Dill has antibacterial properties, while parsley is a rich source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and folic acid (vitamin B9).


  • 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley


  1. Heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas thoroughly under cold running water.
  3. Melt the coconut oil.
  4. Toss all the ingredients in a large bowl until the chickpeas are evenly coated.
  5. Spread the chickpeas on a large baking tray.
  6. Bake until they are crunchy: about 30-40 minutes.

Recipe provides approximately 419 calories, 20g fat, 18g protein and 41g carbohydrates.

Kristina Johansen is a qualified canine dietary consultant. She advises on general canine nutrition and home-prepared diets, working closely with a wide variety of vets. In 2013 she set up Elmo's Kitchen, a special canine dietary consultancy which provides nutritional advice to dog owners. Find out more about Kristina Johansen.