If you’re a dog owner, you know that treating your furry friend to tasty snacks is an essential part of showing love and care. Instead of relying on store-bought treats with questionable ingredients that are shelf stable for years(!), why not try making healthy and homemade dog treats? Not only do these treats offer nutritional benefits, but they also give you the satisfaction of knowing exactly what goes into your pup’s snacks.
Our older dog (he’s now 11) has allergies and being confident of what is in the snacks I’m giving him makes both of us feel better.
In this post, I’ll share three healthy and homemade dog treat recipes that are not only easy to make but also packed with wholesome ingredients. I hesitate to even call these recipes. Each one is three ingredients or less, come together in just minutes, and use just one bowl.
Making homemade dog treats are also great activities for young kids to help out with and get experience in the kitchen. And no worries if they sneak some samples. The treats are safe and tasty for kids or dogs alike!
Dog Treat Recipe 1: Peanut Butter and Banana Bites
These Peanut Butter and Banana Bites are a perfect combination of flavor and nutrition.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (make sure it does not contain xylitol)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the mashed banana and peanut butter until well blended.
- Gradually add the whole wheat flour, mixing until a dough forms.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness and use cookie cutters to create bite-sized shapes.
- Place the treats on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Allow the treats to cool completely before serving them to your delighted pup.
Dog Treat Recipe 2: Sweet Potato Chewies
Sweet potatoes are not only delicious but also packed with beneficial nutrients for your furry friend. Let’s make some Sweet Potato Chewies:
- 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash and peel the sweet potatoes, then slice them into thin strips or rounds.
- Toss the sweet potato slices in melted coconut oil until evenly coated.
- Place the slices on the baking sheet in a single layer, ensuring they are not overlapping.
- Bake for approximately 2 hours, or until the slices are crispy and chewy.
- Once cooled, store the Sweet Potato Chewies in an airtight container for your pup to enjoy as a wholesome snack.
Dog Treat Recipe 3: Blueberry Frozen Delights
For those hot summer days or as a refreshing treat anytime, these Blueberry Frozen Delights will make your pup’s tail wag with joy:
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- In a blender or food processor, puree the blueberries until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix the blueberry puree with the plain Greek yogurt until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or silicone molds, filling each cavity.
- Place the trays in the freezer and let them freeze for at least 3-4 hours, or until solid.
- Pop out the frozen treats and store them in a freezer-safe container.
- Offer your pup a refreshing Blueberry Frozen Delight on a hot day or as a special reward.
By making healthy and homemade dog treats, you have the power to provide your beloved pup with delicious snacks that are free from unnecessary additives. The Peanut Butter and Banana Bites, Sweet Potato Chewies, and Blueberry Frozen Delights recipes are just a few examples of the endless possibilities. Get creative in the kitchen and tailor the recipes to suit your pup’s preferences and dietary needs. Your furry companion will appreciate it the TLC.