Nothing says “I love you” quite like a homemade dog treat! Homemade dog treats are actually quite easy and simple to prepare, and here we’ve collected 3 of our favorite recipes that are sure to be a hit with your tail-wagging friends.
These 3 recipes offer a tasty variety of flavors, are inexpensive to make, and are even actually healthy to boot. And unlike some of the store bought products, you’ll have complete control and knowledge of what goes into these treats. They’ll be as fresh and wholesome as it gets.
Whether you want to get festive for the holiday season, save some money, or just show your furry friend some well-deserved love, these recipes are the perfect way to do it.
We’ll be explaining the story behind our favorite recipes and discussing some of the health and nutrition aspects of the treats as well. Read on for our awesome homemade dog treat recipes!
Why Make Homemade Dog Treats?
So why not just buy your treats at the store and be done with it? Well for starters, the treats you’ll find at the store often contain many questionable, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, including chemical additives and fillers, as well as preservatives to make them more shelf stable.
When making your own homemade dog treats you can be in control of exactly what goes into them, making them healthier and safer.
It’s also probably not too surprising that making your own treats can be substantially cheaper. You’ll probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already, and they’re all easily found at your local market if not.
Making your pup’s treats at home is a loving and rewarding thing to do, and besides, when did you ever buy cookies at the store that were as good as grandma’s cookies fresh out of the oven?
Are These Homemade Dog Treats Healthy?
Are these homemade dog treats really healthy? The answer is yes, absolutely! They are all natural and as you’ll see, they’re made from only a few simple ingredients such as pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and fresh fruit.
These treats contain protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They’re also free of preservatives and additives. They’re perfect for dogs of any size. Just be sure, as with everything, to not overdo it; make sure to feed them an appropriate amount based on their weight.
How to Store Dog Treats
Our homemade dog treats should be stored in an airtight container such as a Ziploc bag or glass jar. They’re best kept in the fridge, where they will keep for about a month, though they will keep for a couple weeks in your cupboard as well. Just be sure that their container is sealed such that it is airtight.
Can I Freeze My Homemade Dog Treats?
Another great option, especially if you’ve made a large batch, is to freeze them. Our treats will keep for at least 6 months stored in this way; just remember to use a freezer safe container. (One of our treat recipes is intended to be served frozen :))
How Many Treats Does This Make?
It varies from recipe to recipe. The recipes below should make approximately 25 to 30 treats at the minimum, although our frozen puppy treat recipe only makes 4 servings. Keep in mind that you can double the recipes or adjust the portions to suit your needs. Just keep the ratios of ingredients the same.
Is Peanut Butter Safe for Dogs?
Although peanut butter itself is generally safe for dogs and great in DIY dog treats, it’s important to understand that not all peanut butter can be used to feed dogs. Some brands of peanut butter are now including Xylitol, a sugar substitute, which is poisonous for dogs and cats. Regular peanut butter is not toxic. So as you can see, it’s important that you always remember to check the label before sharing any with your pup.
We use peanut butter because dogs absolutely love it, and it contains healthy fats, protein, and other nutrients. Just remember that moderation is key. And though peanut butter is safe for most healthy dogs, dogs can potentially be allergic to anything, including peanut butter. Let your canine friend sample a small amount before feeding them an entire treat and wait a while to ensure there isn’t a negative reaction. If you have any specific concerns, contact your vet.
How to Make Homemade Dog Treats
Before we move on to the recipes, keep in mind that you can adjust your baking times as needed. The longer they bake, the crunchier they will be, so to some degree it’s up to what you and your furry friend prefer. You also might want to pick up a custom dog-shaped cookie cutter! There are also cookie cutters shaped as bones, dogs, hearts, etc.
Now without further ado, here are our 3 healthy homemade dog treat recipes.
Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats
These pumpkin pie dog treats are sure to be a hit, and they’re super easy to make. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber for dogs. It’s also a great source of vitamin A and zinc, which helps to improve your furry friend’s skin and coat. We’ve also included peanut butter for protein, healthy fats, and added deliciousness. Bon appetit.
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Calories: 32 kcal
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup peanut butter natural, DO NOT USE peanut butter with Xylitol, DO NOT USE sugar substitutes
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (Substitutes: rice flour or coconut flour)
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon (check your pumpkin pie spice or make your own – DO NOT USE NUTMEG – this can be toxic for some dogs)
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, and peanut butter. Stir until completely combined.
- Add in flour and pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon) – stirring just until combined.
- Lightly flour a flat surface and roll out dough to one quarter inch, using flour as needed to keep dough from sticking.
- Cut shapes out of dough and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 to 40 minutes – depending on desired level of crunchiness.
- Remove treats from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.
Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
This is an excellent healthy dog treat recipe. These Frozen peanut butter banana treats make the perfect snack on a hot summer’s day, and they only have two ingredients! They are easy to make, super healthy, and way cheaper than the doggy ice cream you’ll find at the store. You could even eat them alongside your pup. We’ve done it.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 3-4 Treats
Calories: 298 kcal
- 4 bananas
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 4 plastic mini cups (Substitute: paper cups – take the paper off the treat before giving it to your dog)
- Peel then slice your bananas.
- Put the banana slices into the freezer.
- Take the frozen banana slices out of the freezer and blend in a food processor. Mixture will get very thick; you may need to scrape the sides.
- Keep blending the bananas until the fruit smooths out into soft serve banana ice cream.
- Add peanut butter and mix well.
- Separate into 3-4 plastic cups and freeze.
- Take out the frozen treats when it’s ready to spoil your pup!
Peanut Butter and Bacon Glazed Bone Treats
Peanut butter and bacon glaze speaks for itself. Epic. Imagine the look on your four-legged friend’s face.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 30 treats
- 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 the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a single 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).
Healthy Food is the Best Dog Food!
Making DIY dog treats is a great project for so many reasons. It’s less expensive than store-bought treats, it’s healthier for your pup, and it’s just an all-around rewarding thing to do. And while you’re in the business of loving your dog up with healthy and delicious food, check out our high protein dog food. It’s an all natural, 5-star rated dog food that offers full label disclosure. It contains no wheat, corn, or soy, and we guarantee your dog will love it.