5 Recipes to Treat Your Pooch to the Best Homemade Dog Treats

by | May 18, 2020 | Health and Nutrition

In America, 74 million dogs have a happy home which proves how important these loyal furry friends are to us.

And while we must shower them in TLC, take them for walkies, and train them, we can also spoil them with healthy dog treats.

If you’re looking for the best dog treats to make at home, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our five favorites.

Benefits of Homemade Treats

There are many advantages in baking homemade dog treats rather than getting store-bought ones. For example, you can control which ingredients go into the recipe so you know you’re pup is getting a nutritious snack.

You can also tailor dog treat recipes to suit your dog’s preferences or if they have any dietary restrictions. Dog owners can also be assured that there are no preservatives in your dog training treats as yours will be free of additives.

Our Top 5 Favorite Recipes 

It’s difficult to settle on the ultimate dog biscuit recipe so here are our favorites. Including:

1. Spinach, Carrot, and Zucchini Treats

These scrumptious homemade dog treats make the perfect mid-afternoon snack. Here’s how to make them.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Once done, set aside for later.
  2. Throw the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs into a bowl and mix them together until they’re completely blended. You can either do this by hand or using an electric mixer on medium-high.
  3. Add the oats and 2 1/2 flour into the bowl and beat until it’s well-mixed.
  4. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface. When the dough is smooth, roll it out with a rolling pin to a 1/4-inch thickness.
  5. Cut out your desired shapes and place the dog cookies onto the baking sheet.
  6. Pop the tray in the oven for 25 minutes. Bake until the edges are golden brown.
  7. Take the treats out and let them cool completely.

2. Peanut Butter Treats

These treats are easy to whip up and delicious treat for your furry friend. Here’s how to bake peanut butter treats.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking sodaFor the glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease, chicken fat, or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil into a bowl. Add baking soda and whole wheat flour.
  3. Stir until your dough is stiff then knead.
  4. Roll out dough with a rolling pin and cut out circles.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes and leave the treats to cool.
  6. Whisk the bacon grease (or your chosen fat) with peanut butter until you create a smooth paste.
  7. Drizzle the mixture over the treats and pop them into the fridge so the glaze hardens.

3. Plain Dog Biscuits

If you want a classic dog biscuit, this is your go-to recipe. Here’s everything you need to know.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon beef or chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and dissolve the bouillon granules in hot water.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients into a bowl until fully mixed.
  3. Knead the dough and roll it out until ½ inch thick.
  4. Cut into shapes and place them on a cookie sheet.
  5. Put the tray in the oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Take the treats out and let them cool.

4. Peanut Butter Bacon Donuts

Step up your dog treat game with these tasty donuts. Here’s what you do.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oat
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pot plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoon bacon bits

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients (except yogurt and bacon) until a dough forms.
  3. Transfer the dough into the donut pan and press down firmly.
  4. Bake in your oven for 14 minutes.
  5. Leave to cool.
  6. Dip each donut into the yogurt and sprinkle with bacon bits.
  7. Place the treat into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden the yogurt. Then your pup can enjoy!

5. Chicken and Wild Rice Treats

This recipe is fantastic if your pooch prefers natural flavors. Here’s how to make these treats.

You’ll Need:

  • 6 ounces of cooked boneless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix chicken, rice, and chicken stock in a blender to form a paste.
  3. Add flour, salt, egg, and the chicken paste into a bowl and mix.
  4. Lightly flour a surface and knead the dough. Next, roll it out around 1/2-inch thick.
  5. Cut out the shapes and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes until light brown. Remove the tray from the oven and leave them to cool.

If there’s too many, store the rest in an airtight container in the refrigerator (one week) or freezer (six months). Remember to let the treats fully defrost before serving.

These Are the Best Dog Treats

The above recipes create the best dog treats for your furry friend. Whether you want to spoil your pooch with donuts or stay safe with chicken-flavored treats, there’s an option for every pup.

Not only are homemade dog treats healthier than store-bought varieties, but you can also keep any leftovers in the freezer for next time. Happy baking!

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