If you live with a dog, you know that there are very few things that bring them more joy than treats do. Show them just one of those paw-shaped or bone-shaped biscuits and even the wildest dog will become an absolute cupcake!
So, we thought, why not make these treats better, with tasty (and healthy) ingredients?
Even better, why not make them yourself?
So, we compiled a list of homemade treats we know your canine best friend will love!
WHICH TREATS SHOULD I MAKE FOR MY DOG?
We can’t let them miss out on the joy that donuts bring into our lives!
This recipe is by Sunny Day Family.
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1 Cup Oats
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
- 2 Eggs
- Greek Yogurt
- Bacon Bits
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except yogurt and bacon bits). You can mix with a spoon or use your hands (super fun for kids!). Mix until a dough forms.
- Use your hands to press the dough into the donut pan. Fill each donut cavity and press firmly to ensure everything sticks together (it won’t rise, so you should make sure each space is tightly packed).
- Bake in your preheated oven at 375 degrees for approximately 14 minutes or until cooked completely.
- Allow to cool, then carefully remove the donuts from the pan.
PEANUT BUTTER AND BACON GLAZED BONES
Surely you’d want to share one love of your life (bacon) with the other (your dog), no?
This recipe is by Pinch of Yum.
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 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).
SPINACH, CARROT, AND ZUCCHINI TREATS
Healthy ingredients hidden inside a tasty treat.
This recipe is by Damn Delicious.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
- 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
- 1 zucchini, shredded
- 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
- Gradually add old fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini and spinach, beating just until incorporated.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. 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.
- Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
- Let cool completely.
PUMPKIN APPLE TREATS
They’re so delicious, your pupper will definitely get the zoomies after these!
This recipe is by Three Little Ferns.
- 4 – 4.5 cups oatmeal, plus additional
- 1 medium apple
- 1 egg
- 1 CUP canned pumpkin
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Grind the oatmeal down in a food processor or blender. Transfer to mixing bowl.
- Core apple, being sure to remove all of the seeds. Grate apple, and add to bowl with oatmeal.
- Add egg and canned pumpkin to bowl and mix well to combine. The mixture will be thick and slightly sticky.
- On a surface dusted with oatmeal (ground or not, your choice) roll the dough out to approximately 1/2″ thick. Use a doggy bone cookie cutter to cut dough into shapes, and transfer to a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Allow to cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container for up to a week.
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FROZEN WATERMELON BONES
A treat to let your best friend cool down in the summer!
This recipe is by Grrfiesty.
- A quarter of a watermelon [I opted for 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 wait.