5 Healthy and Delicious Dog Treat Recipes
Pups are a crucial part of your family. We believe they deserved to be treated as such. This is one simple thing you can do to show your love to your dog. We have five simple and healthy treat recipes to make for your pup.
Don’t sell yourself short if you are not an expert baker. These recipes are made for the expert and novice baker. Your pup will thank you at the end with extra cuddles and kisses.
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1. Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Dog Treats
- 1 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon unprocessed coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- silicon paw print tray (or ice cube tray or similar tray)
- Be sure the coconut oil is in liquid form. If not, place coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until melted.
- Add peanut butter and cinnamon. Stir until mixture is completely smooth and thoroughly mixed. Mixture should be thick, but pourable.
- Pour mixture into tray and freeze until set.
- Carefully remove from tray and store in air-tight container in freezer (they soften quickly).
These were made for dogs in the 10-15 pound range. Adjust the amount coconut oil accordingly. Rule of thumb is that you use 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of your dog's body weight.
2. Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats
Author: Becky Hardin – The Cookie Rookie
- 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour
- 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
- 1 free range egg beaten
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
Note: You can use regular flour as well, this was just made gluten free by preference.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Beat egg and set aside.
- Combine applesauce, oat flour, and rolled oats in a large bowl. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the egg over the mixture and set aside the remaining 1 tablespoon of egg.
- Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until a dough forms. The dough should be tacky but not overly sticky. Add a bit more or less flour if necessary.
- Take a two-tablespoon sized piece of dough (approximate) and roll into a tube. It should be about 10 inches long and about the width of a pencil.
- Take each tube and make into a U shape, then twist the ends together and fold back to the top. This makes the pretzel shape. Pinch the ends in to make sure they're secure.
- Place the pretzels onto the baking tray. Brush the top of each pretzel with the remaining egg.
- Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until they're slightly browned and become crispy. The pretzels should be pretty hard, just like pups love them!
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
3. Watermelon Dog Treats
These refreshing watermelon dog treats are the perfect way to keep your pup hydrated this summer.
Author: Elizabeth – Bark & Biscuits
- Puree seedless watermelon in a blender.
- Chop parsley
- Place mold on baking tray. If you are using the paw molds, first insert a small piece of parsley into the bottom then add a thin layer of plain Greek yogurt. Freeze for one hour. Next, fill the remaining mold with watermelon puree. Freeze overnight or at least 4 hours.
- For the dog bone mold, add a piece of parsley to the bottom of mold and spoon in a layer of watermelon puree. Freeze one hour. Next, add a layer of plain Greek yogurt. Freeze one hour. Finally, add another layer of watermelon puree and freeze overnight or at least 4 hours.
- Keep frozen until ready to serve.
4. Healthy Pumpkin Dog Treats
Author: Brita – Food With Feeling
- 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin (canned or fresh)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, softened
- 4 tablespoons of water, plus more if needed
- 2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 egg
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F.
- Mix the pumpkin, softened coconut oil, and water together in a large bowl.
- Then mix in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder
- Mix it a bit and then stir in the egg.
- Continue to stir until it’s ALL combined. This might take a good minutes and feel free to add a touch more water in order to get all of the mixture into one solid, slightly sticky ball.
- Once done, roll the dough out on a floured surface to ~1/4 inch thick.
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out treats. These can be as small or as large as you want them (depending on the size of your dogs)
- Place prepared dough treats on a lined/ greased baking sheet and bake for ~30 minutes (depending on size) or until dough has hardened.
- Let cool and enjoy your pups excitement!
Recipe Notes: If you don’t cook these treats until they’re totally dry and hard (like a traditional dog biscuit) then you need to store these in the refrigerator! Either way, it wouldn’t hurt to put them in the fridge to store them.
5. Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Author: Jennifer Rodriguez
Sweet potato dog treats your pup will love! Easy to make, nutritious and delicious for the doggies of course!
- 2 ½ cupsSweet Potatoes, sliced or diced
- 1cup Oats
- 1 ½ cupsWhole wheat flour
- 1 ½ tbspPeanut Butter
- ⅓Banana, slices
- Slice or dice sweet potatoes and toss in a stainless steel steamer. Add steamer into a medium pot and add water, make sure water does not surpass the steamers bottom surface. Cook until tender or for 8-10 minutes. Steaming veggies helps retain its nutrients for pups and humans too!
- Using a food processor, add cooked and cooled sweet potatoes, peanut butter, banana, and oats. Process until well combined, don’t over process.
- In a large bowl, add sweet potato mixture and add whole wheat flour. Combine and knead the dough.
- Move to a clean surface where the dough can be rolled out. While completing this step you can start preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly flour surface and dough’s surface. Roll the dough to desired thickness (1/4-1/2 inch is ideal) and begin cutting out shapes with desired cookie cutter.
- Place dog treats onto a prepared baking sheet. For small treats bake for 8-10 minutes, medium treats can be baked for 10-15 minutes or until golden Place baked dog treats on a cookie cooling rack and let cool for 15-30 minutes and let your pup enjoy immediately after.
- Servings: approximately 3 cups worth of dog treats! (small ones)
We hope you and your pups enjoy all these recipes!
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Please note: The Family Pup does not take credit for these recipes and each author was credited for their recipe. Also, please be aware of your dog’s own allergies or sensitivity to any of the ingredients used.
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