Every once in a while we like to make some homemade treats for our dogs. Seeing as how we are busy, we don’t get to do it as often as we like. But we do have a couple of quick “go to” recipes that are easy and the dogs love.

We hope you enjoy!

Yummy Sweet Potato Fries

These yummy treats should take about 10 minutes to get everything together.   They look so good you’ll want to eat them!

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
  • Cinnamon

sweet potato fries for dogs cut and peel

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Wash then peel the sweet potato
  3. Cut into fry sized pieces
  4. Mix in a or Ziploc bag the oil and spices
  5. Place fries on baking sheet in one layer
  6. Bake for 15 minutes
  7. Flip the fries to the other side to allow even baking
  8. Bake for another 10-15 minutes
  9. Let cool (This is important…we’ve burned our dogs mouth on these!)
  10. Watch your doggies enjoy this treat made by YOU!

 

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

This is a classic – Easy yummy treat to make in a pinch!

Baking Dog Treats - Rolling out the dough

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more ( you may need to add more flour if the dough appears too sticky)
  • 2/3 cup Pumpkin Puree

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
2. In the bowl beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs until well combined. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour, beating just until fully mixed together. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.
3. Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it is a good consistency to roll. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
4. Put in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes (look for the edges to be brown).
5. Cool down for at least 20 minutes.

This is a great recipe for anyone to make for the doggies in their lives!

It is also fun to do with the kids, because they get the fun of picking out the shapes they want to make!

Easy Banana Dog Surprise

We love banana break, so the dogs don’t often get this treat. However, when they do they absolutely LOVE them.

Bananas (in moderation) or great for our omnivore four legged friends…so don’t over do it and let them eat the entire batch in one afternoon (like we often do with banana bread!)

Banana Dog Treat - Pealed Ripe Banana

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 mashed, very ripe Bananas
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter (creamy)

Instructions

  1. Measure and pour in your flour, adding half at a time. Mix until evenly combined and add the remaining half.
  2. Mix together until combined (get it to form a small ball and hold together)
  3. Chill the dough for 20 -25 minutes ( this will make the outcome much better)
  4. Remove the dough from the fridge and place on parchment paper.
  5. Preheat your oven to 325 F.
  6. Roll out the dough to a 1/3-1/2 inch thickness.
  7. Using your cookie cutter, cut out shapes as desired (love those classic bone shapes).
  8. Transfer your cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  9. Use a fork to poke 4 holes in the center of each, to allow steam to escape.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  11. Remove and let completely cool before transferring to an air-tight container.
  12. Watch your pup Devour these treats!!

Super Easy Frozen Apple Dog Treat

OK this is the most easy, inexpensive dog treat of them all! And because the apple is frozen they tend to last a little longer than some of the other treats we make at home.

Frozen Apple Dog treat

Ingredients/Supplies

  • 2 Apples
  • 1 Cup Greek Non-Fat Yogurt
  • Blender
  • Ice Cube Trays

Instructions

1. Take 2 apples (if you have an apple tree, you could use those bug pocked ones and save the pretty apples for yourself).
2. Core and remove all seeds.
3. Chop into small pieces.
4. Mix into the cup of yogurt
5. Add all ingredients to the blender ( you may need to add a small amount of water)
6. Blend until smooth
7. Pour into Ice Cube Trays
8. Freeze for 3-4 hours
9. Pop out for you pooch (try to give one at a time)
10. Watch your puppy love these (really great on a Hot Summer Day)

Yummy Super Easy Cheese Bone Treats

These treats end up looking and smelling so good…you’ll be tempted to eat them! But don’t, these are for the dogs not you! 🙂

Dog treat cheese bone

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cups of finely shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar)
  • 2 tbsp-1/4 cup of oil
  • 1 1/3 cups of water

Instructions

*Preheat Over at 250 Degrees*

  1. Combine flour and cheese
  2. Stir in oil and water. Add more water until you get to a stiff dough consistency.
  3. Roll on floured cutting board to 3/8″ thick.
  4. Cut with any shape cutter that fits your dog!.
  5. Placed on ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, until dough is dry.

Enjoy watching your dog drool over your hard work!

Strawberry Dog Surprise

We don’t often think of dogs and strawberries going together…turns out they really love them. Fresh strawberries in the house are too messy, so we opt for this yummy baked treats. Dogs get a tasty strawberry treat without the staining mess of fresh berries!

Strawberry Surprise Dog Treat Cut Strawberry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped strawberry
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberry
  • 2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (plus a couple tablespoons for rolling)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Ground approximately 8 oz of rolled oats in a food processor until coarse flour forms. This will be about 2 cups worth.
  3. Break up the freeze-dried strawberries with your hand into tiny pieces and mix with the oat flour.
  4. Wash and hull the fresh strawberries, chop and measure 1 cup, puree in a food processor, this will yield about 1/2 cup.
  5. Add pureed strawberries, egg, 1 tablespoon of honey to a medium mixing bowl. Mix with a whisk until smooth.
  6. Add oat flour with freeze-dried strawberries to the mixture. Use a spatula or mixing spoon to combine.
  7. At this point, the dough might be a little wet. Add the flour, a little at a time, until the dough is dry enough to handle.
  8. Sprinkle some more flour on a cutting board or counter and turn the dough out, knead and shape into a disk.
  9. Roll dough out to about 1/4″ thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter.
  10. Place paper lined baking sheet about 1/2” apart.
  11. Reshape scraps and roll out again to 1/4” thick and continue cutting out until all dough is used up.
  12. Continue to use flour on the cookie cutters to keep the dough from sticking.
  13. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, flip treats upside down and rotate pan half-way through baking time so they can brown evenly.
  14. Remove baking pan from oven and let cool .

Conclusion

So I am one that loves to give lots of treats to our dogs (maybe a bit much at times). Purchasing treats all of the time can get expensive! I find that if I make some of my own treats, it really saves on the expense….and gives me joy!

There is something so amazing about creating something healthy that makes your dogs life just that much sweeter!

Seriously, these are some fun recipes to try out for your best dog buddies! In the real world not everyone has the time to bake from scratch, so here is a review of 10 TEN USA MADE DOG TREATS that are available on Amazon. If you can’t bake for your dogs, at least buy them the safest, healthy treats!

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