Hey pet parents! Boo the dog is back at it again, drooling over some of the tastiest treat recipes out there. Us pets love any kind of treat, but homemade treats are pawsitively the best. Not only is a homemade dog treat the best way to show your love, you can be confident that you are feeding your dog a healthy option since you control the ingredients. Try whipping up one of these easy dog treat recipes next time you’re in the kitchen:
1. Quick Peanut Butter Treats from ( http://www.puppyleaks.com/pb-dog-treats/ )
Let’s start out simple. Most dogs love peanut butter, and this recipe requires less than five ingredients, so it couldn’t be easier. All you need is flour, peanut butter, eggs and water and about half an hour!
2 cups flour
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup water
1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
2. Mix together the flour, peanut butter and eggs until slightly combined.
3. Add in one Tbsp at a time of the water until the mixture is wet enough to roll out as dough.
4. Roll out the dough and cut out your favorite shapes with cookie cutters.
5. Place the treats onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. They should come out of the oven just as the bottoms start to darken.
2. Frozen Apple Dog Treats from (http://irresistiblepets.net/2014/09/diy-frozen-apple-dog-treat-recipe/ )
Just as humans love a cold treat on a hot summer day, pups love them too! However, human ice cream treats are not the healthiest for dogs, so try this frozen apple treat after playing outside or taking a long walk!
1 cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt
1. Slice two apples into small pieces but remove the seeds and core.
2. Mix the apples, yogurt and a splash of water in a blender and blend until you get a liquid consistency.
3. Pour the mixture evenly into an ice cube tray and freeze for a few hours until the mixture is hard.
4. Store in a container in the freezer, and feed one cube at a time.
3. Vegan, Grain Free Dog Treats from (http://theplantstrongvegan.com/diy-3-ingredient-vegan-dog-treats/)
Just because your dog may have food sensitivities, diabetes, or allergies doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the occasional treat. This treat recipe is vegan and grain-free and will have any dog wagging their tail!
1 cup Oat or Rice Flour
2 ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup peanut butter (smooth and unsweetened)
1. Peel your bananas and mash them with the peanut butter until smooth.
2. Add in flour, adding half at a time, and mix until evenly combined.
3. Use your hands to fold together until completely combined, and form a solid ball of dough.
4. Chill the dough for 20 minutes, and then roll out on a well-floured surface to a ½ inch thickness.
5. Preheat your oven to 325 F.
6. Cut with cookie cutters and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
7. Use a fork to poke 4 holes in the center of each, to allow steam to escape.
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
9. Remove and cool completely before transferring to an air-tight container. Give up to 1-2 treats per day, and take note that they will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
4. “Brownies for Dogs” from (http://kolchakpuggle.com/2014/06/brownies-dogs-salmon-sweet-potato-dog-treat-recipe.html )
We all know that chocolate can make dogs dangerously ill, but with this recipe, you can give your dog the soft consistency of a brownie with safe and healthy ingredients.
1 can salmon
1 medium sweet potato, baked in the skin
1/3 c. coconut flour
Coconut oil for greasing a pan
1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the 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.
3. Grease a 9×9 cake pan or a 9” pie plate with coconut oil.
4. Press mix into the pan.
5. Bake for 60-70 minutes.
6. Allow to cool and slice into squares. If your pup might like a crunchy treat more, you can return the squares to the oven on a baking sheet and bake at 150 for 3-4 hours.
5. Sweet Potato Fries for Dogs from (http://www.beaglesandbargains.com/baked-sweet-potato-fries-dogs/ )
We’ve covered peanut butter treats, frozen treats, biscuits and soft baked treats, but this last dog treat recipe will let you reward your pup while also giving him his daily dose of vegetables. The best part of this recipe is that you and your pup can snack on them together, as they are delicious for humans too!
1 sweet potato
1 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
Turmeric and Cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Wash and peel the sweet potato and cut into evenly sized long skinny pieces.
3. Coat with the oil and spices in a large bowl or Ziploc bag.
4. Place fries on a baking sheet in one layer and bake for 15 minutes.
5. Flip over the fries for even baking and bake another 10-15 minutes.
6. Let cool before eating.