10 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes Your Dog Will Love

More than ever, people are getting back to basics and instead of going to big box brands, they are leaning more towards locally sourced and homemade goods. When it comes to their dogs, more people are ditching preservatives and looking for homemade dog treat recipes for their fur babies.

Finding local homemade dog treats can be difficult because they are either too expensive, (Upwards of $15 per bag) or their shelf life expires before your dog gets a chance to eat them all, also resulting in a waste of money for you.

The good news is that it is super simple to make your own dog treats at home, and since it requires such a little amount of time you can do it in between Netflix episodes.

Since I’m a perfectionist I went all in and got this adorable puppy cookie cutter pack. It gives you seven different cookie cutter as well as two silicone molds, all for under $18! You’ll definitely get extra puppy kisses for it!

Homemade Recipes With Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

1.Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 15 mins.

Cook Time: 40 mins.

The first of the homemade dog treat recipes I want you to try are these peanut butter cookies!

This peanut butter cookie recipe takes only about an hour from start to finish, but is worth the effort!

An added bonus to this cookie recipe is all of the health benefits packed into each bite.

Raw honey can alleviate allergies, help with digestion and even help with kennel cough! Also, fish oil can decrease inflammation and joint discomfort, and can reduce the risk of stroke and heart problems. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of flour (white or wheat, if your pup has no wheat allergies)
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of smooth dog friendly peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon of fish oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the flour and oats together in a large mixing bowl. Pour in one cup of water and blend until smooth. Add in the peanut butter, honey, and fish oil and mix until all the ingredients are well blended.
  3. Slowly add the water until the mixture has a thick and doughy consistency.
  4. Lightly flour your cooking surface. Roll the dough onto the cooking surface to create a 1/4 inch thick sheet.
  5. Use a cookie cutter to create shapes. Place the cookies onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool completely before feeding

Tip: If the dough is too sticky to roll, slowly pad more flour onto the dough ball or stick in the fridge for 30 mins. 

Simple Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

2. Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Prep Time: 15 mins.

Cook Time: 15 mins.

If you don’t have a lot of ingredients in your kitchen but still want to make your pup feel special, this is a good recipe to try. Plus, it only takes a half hour to make!

I used the silicone molds from the cookie cutter pack that I got. They’re made of material that is oven safe and also works for frozen mold treats.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup creamy dog friendly peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water

You can use other kinds of peanut butter such as chunky, but if you do you’ll probably need to add more water to the mixture in order to make it into workable dough.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together flour, peanut butter & eggs in a large bowl until slightly combined.
  3. Add in a little bit of water (about one Tbsp at a time) until the mixture becomes wet enough to roll out as a dough.
  4. Roll out your dough and put into cookie trays
  5. Place your treats onto your baking sheet & cook for about 15 minutes. For a little bit of crunch I take mine out once the bottoms start to darken.

Vegan Dog Treat Recipes 

Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treats

3. 3-Ingredient Vegan Dog Treats

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Cook Time: 40 mins.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat or rice flour
  • 2 ripe, mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup smooth unsweetened peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Peel & mash your bananas with peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Pour in your flour, adding half at a time. Mix until evenly combined & add remaining flour.
  3. Fold together until combined. Use hands as needed to form a solid ball of dough.
  4. Chill the dough for 20 minutes in the fridge. (optional but it helps firm the dough more)
  5. Remove dough from fridge & place on parchment paper or a well floured counter.
  6. Preheat your oven to 325 F.
  7. Roll out dough to 1/3-1/2 inch thickness.
  8. Using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes as desired.
  9. Transfer cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Use a fork to poke 4 holes in the center of each, to allow steam to escape.
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  12. Remove & let completely cool before transferring to an air-tight container. Freeze up to 3 months.

Sweet Potato Jerky

4. Sweet Potato Jerky 

Prep Time: 15 mins.

Cook Time: 2 hours

This recipe is great because it is one of the easiest homemade dog treat recipes on this list, and it also happens to be vegan! I make this one when I get tired of the peanut butter treats and I feel like giving my pups something straight from the earth. Sweet potatoes are a great source of minerals and fiber, and even decrease certain types of cancer!

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 sweet potatoes 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Use a paring knife to slice the potatoes into 1/8 inch thick strips.
  3. Set the strips on a baking sheet & bake for 2 hours.
  4. Check the potatoes before removing from the oven. It should be dry & hard, not soft or chewy. 
  5. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool completely before serving.
  6. Store the sweet potato jerky in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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Sweet Potato Fry Dog Treats

5.Sweet Potato Fries For Dogs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Unlike the other sweet potato recipe, this one is more of a french fry than jerky. This one also has the sweet taste of cinnamon that your dog will love.

These fries also have a much faster cook time at 30 mins. Compared to two hours. I’ve only made this one twice, but it was a hit both times!

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • turmeric
  • cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees 
  2. Wash & peel sweet potato
  3. Cut sweet potato into evenly sized fry shaped pieces
  4. Coat with oil & spices 
  5. Place fries on baking sheet in one layer
  6. Bake for 15 mins.
  7. Flip over fries for even baking
  8. Bake for another 10-15 minutes
  9. Let cool before giving to your dog

Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

6. Frozen Apple Treats

For those of you that aren’t great with an oven, you can make these frozen apple treats that are a hit every time!

These treats are especially great on hot summer days, and couldn’t be healthier.

Yogurt has probiotics which helps with your dogs digestion and helps prevent tummy infections. Apples contain vitamin A, C, fiber, and help clean your dog’s teeth so they have fresher breath. (just make sure you remove the core and seeds as they can be fatal to dogs.)

Prep Time: 15 mins.

Freeze Time: Overnight

Instructions

1. Slice 2 apples into small pieces & remove the seeds & core.

2. Mix the apple slices, yogurt, and a splash of water in Nutribullet or blender and blend until there is a liquid consistency.

3. Pour mixture into an ice cube tray & freeze overnight or until hard.

7. Frozen Carrot Treats

Prep Time: 15 mins.

Freeze Time: Overnight 

Another great frozen treat for summertime fun. I love making this recipe right after I get a bag of fresh carrots.

If my dogs were to pick their favorite snacks it would probably be yogurt and carrots, so this is a hit in my house.

Instead of using my usual rubber molds, for this recipe I would use hard plastic trays instead of the softer rubber ones to make the treats. These are easier to remove from a hard tray.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. container of plain, non-fat frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup of no-sugar added fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup of minced carrots

Directions

  1. Add the yogurt, fruit juice, & carrots into a medium-sized bowl. 
  2. Stir until ingredients are smooth & well-blended.
  3. Drop the mixture into the ice cube trays by spoonful.
  4. Freeze until the ingredients are solid.

Homemade dog treat recipes using chicken and rice
CHicken & Rice Bites

8. Chicken & Rice Bites

Prep Time: 20 mins.

Cook Time: 25 mins.

If you really want to spoil your dog, this is the treat to make!

They are also awesome because you can keep them in the fridge for five days & you can keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just defrost overnight. Make sure that your dogs work extra hard for this one!

Ingredients 

  • Silicone Mold (ours is good in the oven or the freezer)
  • 1 cup cooked, finely diced chicken
  • 1/2 cup rice, cooked & mashed
  • 3 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Mix together all ingredients & stir well.
  • Spoon into silicone molds.
  • Bake for 25 mins. until tops are golden brown.
  • Allow to cool & remove from molds.

Homemade dog treat recipes using Flour & Baby Food
Baby Food & Flour Dog Treats

9. Easy Two-Ingredient Dog Treats

Prep Time: 10 mins. 

Cook Time: 25 mins.

This two-ingredient recipe is super easy and I usually do it when I’m on a time crunch.

In addition, this recipe makes a lot and lasts for a few weeks. I usually take half of the treats and store them in a bag in the freezer.

As for the baby food, it is important to note that you should avoid using any that contain onions, grapes, or raisins. Unsure? Check this list of possibly toxic foods from ASPCA.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food –(beef, blueberries, chicken, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix ingredients together to form a stiff dough. Add extra flour or water as needed.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out evenly until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape. 
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. 
  5. Bake for 20 mins.
  6. Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they’re still edible).

Homemade Dog Treat Recipes Using Oatmeal and Applesauce
Oatmeal Applesauce Bites

10. Oatmeal Applesauce Bites

Prep Time: 15 mins.

Cook Time: 22 mins.

This is one of my favorite homemade dog treat recipes because it looks like you put a lot of work into it, but it is actually really simple.

Cali has a major sweet tooth and it has been known for her to steal some of these right off the tray as they’re cooling off.

I cut these into small pieces and used them when I trained her how to stay. Think of them as motivation cookies. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quick cook oatmeal
  • ½ cup cinnamon applesauce or applesauce with a dash of cinnamon added
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a dry mixing bowl pour a cup of oatmeal, applesauce & egg. Mix well 
  3. Grease a cookie sheet with oil (the only oil you should stay away from is grapeseed oil)
  4. Scoop the mix onto the tray using a tablespoon
  5. Place the tray in oven for 22 mins.
  6. Allow cookies to cool before giving to your dog

Conclusion

For most of these treats, I like to use air proof mason jars to keep them fresh for as long as possible. I usually keep enough in the jar to last two weeks, and then freeze the rest.

It’s always good to have several different treats in the house to keep your dogs nose working. It’s also great for training sessions.

Which of these homemade dog treat recipes did your dog like the best? Do you have any favorite dog treat recipes to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below! 

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