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10 Dog Treat Recipes Rover Will Drool Over

10 Dog Treat Recipes Rover Will Drool Over

From cakes for birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries, to bread that adds that special warmth and comfort to a meal, to cookies just because, we all love whipping up a treat for our human friends and family members. Just like people, dogs love a good homemade treat, too.

There are lots of good reasons to make your own dog treats for your dogs. Among them:

  • You can make hypoallergenic treats if your dog suffers from allergies.
  • You can cater to your dog’s specific dietary needs, such as low sodium, low fat, diabetes, etc.
  • The time spent baking together is great bonding time!
  • You’ll know exactly what’s in treats you make yourself, and you can use higher quality ingredients (store-bought treats often include byproducts and/or fillers).
  • You can make them nutritious.
  • You can tailor them to your dog’s needs (shiny coat, healthier teeth, better breath, improved eye sight, supple joints, etc.).
  • It’s easy!

It might be hard to believe, but making your own homemade dog treats is really simple–even easier than some of the cupcakes, cookies, and cakes you’ve made for people! Here are ten (easy!) dog treat recipes Fido wants you to make today!

Why we love it:

Who doesn’t love an after dinner mint? Let Rover enjoy this treat just after he finishes his daily dinner. Plus, the parsley in this recipe not only freshens breath by killing bad breath-causing bacteria, but is also good for Dingo’s digestion.

Where we found it:

SkinnyMs.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg OR 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup of water, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (unrefined extra-virgin is best)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place oats in a blinder and pulse to fine, flour-like consistency.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together parsley, mint, egg (or applesauce), water, and coconut oil.
  4. Add oat flour and stir.
  5. Knead dough and place on lightly floured surface.
  6. Using hands or a rolling pin, flatten dough to about 1/8 inch thick.
  7. Using a cookie cutter or a knife, cut out about 40, 1-inch mints.
  8. Place mints about 1/4 inch apart on a non-stick cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake 35-40 minutes, until golden and crispy.
  10. Allow mints to cool and store in airtight container.

Recipe 2: Almond (or Peanut!) Oatmeal Hypoallergenic Cookies

Why we love it:

These cookies are great for dogs who suffer from allergies brought on by store-bought treats.

Where we found it:

DogVills.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup almond (or peanut) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the water and mix thoroughly. Add water a teaspoon at a time until a dough comes
    together.
  3. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
  4. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake until slightly browned on the bottoms, about 12 minutes.
  6. Remove and let cool. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe 3: Diabetic Dog Treats

Why we love it:

It only takes three ingredients.

It’s a good way to give even diabetic dogs a treat.

Where we found it:

AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef liver

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 10×15 inch jellyroll pan with parchment paper.
  3. Place
    the liver into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. If you
    have room, add the flour and eggs, and process until smooth. Otherwise,
    transfer to a bowl, and stir in the flour and eggs using a wooden spoon.
    Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  4. Bake
    for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the center is firm.
    Cool, and cut into squares using a pizza cutter. The treats will have a
    consistency similar to a sponge. Store in a sealed container in the
    refrigerator.

Recipe 4: Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats

Why we love them:

They’re a great way to help Spot cool his jets during the hot summer months.

They’re incredibly easy.

Where we found them:

CesarsWay.com

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces plain yogurt (note: original recipe calls for vanilla, but we recommend plain as it contains less sugar)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (no xylitol; we recommend whipped peanut butter that may allow you to skip step 1)

Instructions:

  1. Melt peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Combine the yogurt and melted peanut butter in a blender.
  3. Pour the mixture into cupcake papers or small, plastic condiment cups with lids.
  4. Place in the freezer.

Recipe 5: No Bake Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Why we love it:

No-bake is easy-peezy and nice for summer.

You can freeze or chill these for a refreshing summer treat for Fido.

It only requires four ingredients.

It’s good for a week if you refrigerate it in an airtight container.

Where we found it:

Damn Delicious

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats, divided

Instructions:

  • 1. In the bowl of an electric mixer
    fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter ,
    and milk on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  • 2. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats at low speed, beating just
    until incorporated.
  • 3. Using a small cookie scoop, roll the mixture into 1 1/4 to 1
    1/2-inch balls, forming about 20. Dredge balls in remaining 1/2 cup old
    fashioned oats, pressing to coat.
  • 4. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Recipe 6: Peanut Butter and Ginger Snaps

Why we love it:

It’s fun and festive for the holiday season.

It makes a great gift!

Where we found it:

Pretty Fluffy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2-3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and form a ball with the dough.

3. Roll the dough out until flat and use a cookie cutter to cut out
the individual treats.

4. Place your treats onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.

5. Turn oven off after the 25 minutes are done and leave the treats in the oven for 45 more minutes, or until crisp.

Recipe 7: Apple Crunch Pupcakes

Why we love it:

It’s cute and fruity!

It only takes five easy steps.

Where we found it:

CesarsWay.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened, dried apple chips
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix water, applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla together in a bowl.
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well blended.
4. Pour into lightly greased muffin pans.
5. Bake 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Recipe 8: Frozen Apple Treats

Why we love it:

It’s super simple.

It’s great for summer.

Where found it:

Irresistible Pets

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt
  • water

Instructions:

1. Slice apples and remove cores and seeds.
2. Combine apples, yogurt, and water in blender until smooth.
3. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
4. Store treats in freezer in Tupperware container.

Recipe 9: Basic Biscuit

Why we love it:

You can customize it according to what your dog likes!

Where we found it:

Cesarsway.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or less)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon beef or chicken bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • Bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dissolve bouillon in hot water.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes).
  5. Roll dough until 1/2-inch thick.
  6. Cut into slices or use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  7. Place dough pieces on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.

Recipe 10: Leftovers Trail Mix

Why we love it:

It uses food you already have on hand.

It’s great for hikes with Bingo or an afternoon snack at the dog park.

It’s very easy.

Where we found it:

CesarsWay.com

Ingredients:

  • pieces of leftover, cooked meat (if seasoned, make sure to rinse off any flavoring)
  • potatoes
  • vegetables (no onions)
  • fruit (no grapes or raisins)

Instructions:

  1. Cut ingredients into 1/2-inch thick pieces.
  2. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Place in a food dehydrator or into a 200-degree preheated oven until dried.

Just like people, our canine companions love to enjoy an occasional treat. The treats included here are not only easy to make, but nutritious and delicious as well. Treat your dog to a made-with-love specialty concocted right in your own kitchen, and feel good about Rover eating a healthy, homemade treat.

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