Nothing beats homemade treats, whether you’re talking about human treats or dog treats. You know exactly what ingredients are being used, you can customize recipes, and you add the one ingredient you won’t find baked into a store-bought treat – love. We’ve scoured the internet and found the best homemade dog treat recipes you can use to spoil your pup.
1. Pumpkin & Peanut butter biscuit
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup oil*
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons bacon grease, coconut oil, chicken fat, or any other fat that will solidify at room temperature, melted
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour. Stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated.
Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies. Bake for 15 minutes.
Whisk the bacon grease and peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).
Watermelon and popsicles are both staples of a hot summer day. Your dog should be able to enjoy those things, too! These watermelon pupsicles are simple and your dog will love them.
A quarter of a watermelon [preferably seedless] One can of coconut milk
Scoop out about 1/4 of the melon Blend together with the can of coconut milk – add more watermelon if you want a darker pink. Pour into ice cube tray and freeze
3. SALMON AND SWEET POTATO DOG TREATS
Not every dog can eat or enjoy crunchy dog treats. These soft treats are perfect for dogs with dental problems, small mouths, or who just don’t like crunchy dog treats.
1 can salmon
1 medium sweet potato, baked in the skin
1/3 c. coconut flour
Coconut oil for greasing a pan
Preheat oven to 300F.
In a medium bowl, stir together coconut flour, eggs, and salmon. Allow the mix to “rest” for 10 minutes while the coconut soaks up the moisture. Remove the sweet potato from the skin and stir into the salmon mixture.
Grease a 9×9 cake pan or 9″ pie plate with coconut oil.
Press mix into the pan.
Bake for 60 – 70 minutes
Allow to cool and slice into squares. If you want a crunchy treat, you can return the squares to the oven on a baking sheet and bake at 150 for 3 -4 hours.
If your dog loves biscuits but is on a grain-free diet, recipes can be hard to come by. Ginger apple dog treats to the rescue!
1 cup brown rice flour
½ cup apple, finely diced
⅔ cup Greek yoghurt (plain)
½ tsp fresh ginger (finely minced) or 1 tsp ground ginger
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir together until well combined. If necessary, thoroughly mix together with hands. Turn mixture out onto a floured, flat surface and roll out with a rolling pin to approximately ¼”. Cut into desired shapes and place on a baking sheet coated with nonstick spray. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown.
5. Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Dog Treats
The problem with a lot of homemade dog treats is that so many of them involve oats or flour. What are you supposed to do if you prefer to keep your pup on a grain-free diet? These dog treats have only 3 ingredients, and none of those ingredients contains grain.
1 cup all-natural peanut butter 1 tablespoon unprocessed coconut oil 1 teaspoon cinnamon silicon paw print tray
Be sure the coconut oil is in liquid form. If not, place coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until melted. Add peanut butter and cinnamon. Stir until mixture is completely smooth and thoroughly mixed. The mixture should be thick, but pourable. Pour mixture into the tray and freeze until set. Carefully remove from tray and store in an air-tight container in the freezer (they soften quickly).
These were made for dogs in the 10-15 pound range. Adjust the amount of coconut oil accordingly. Rule of thumb is that you use 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight.