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Dog Treat Recipes

You’ve looked at the ingredients on the back of your dog treats, and now you’re wondering what you’ve been feeding your dog. Most of the ingredients you can’t even pronounce. You ask yourself if they’re healthy, and you assume probably not. Your assumption would be correct since most pre-packaged dog treats are filled with preservatives.

The good news is that you can make your own healthy version of dog treats. Ones that your dog is sure to love even more and the best part is that you will know exactly what’s in them.

Let’s explore the different types of treats you can make at home for your dog.

Dog safe Ingredients

Before we jump into the recipes it is important to know which ingredients are safe for dogs and which ones are not.

  • Carrots
  • Plain yogurt
  • Apples – No seeds
  • Bananas
  • Fully cooked eggs
  • Cheese in small to moderate quantities. As long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant.
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Brocolli
  • Green beans
  • Bread and pretzel – Never give your dog raw dough
  • Sweet potato and potato – Cooked
  • Blueberries and strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Watermelon – no seed
  • Peanut butter – No xylitol 
  • Corn – Without the cob
  • Chickpeas – Fully cooked no seasoning and never from a can
  • Cabbage – Cooked
  • Fresh pineapple – Never canned
  • Mango
  • Cilantro, parsley, dill, basil
  • Plain cooked rice and pasta
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Popcorn
  • Honey
  • Cashews
  • Quinoa
  • Boiled chicken
  • Bacon
  • Boiled beef
  • Boiled Turkey
  • Boiled Pork

All vegetables should be grated or finely chopped.
Meat should be lean, boneless, and skinless.
Fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed and fresh.

Unsafe list of ingredients

It is very important to know what you should never feed your pups. The following list could make your dog seriously ill.

  • Chocolate
  • Yeast dough
  • Baking powder or baking soda
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Garlic and onion
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Peanut butter that contains xylitol
  • Anything that contains xylitol – gum, candies, mints
  • Ice cream
  • Blue cheese
  • Shrimp shell including the head, tail, and legs
  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Tea, coffee – anything with caffeine
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Peaches and Plums
  • Raw eggs
  • Salt, sugar, spices
  • Raw potato or raw sweet potato
  • Cooked bones
  • Corn on the cob

Frozen dog treat recipes

By far the easiest treats to make are frozen treats. All you need is a blender, a silicone mold or ice cube tray, and an electric mixer.

Pumpkin delight

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter with no xylitol

    Combine all the ingredients in a bowl using an electric or standard mixer.
    Scoop into a silicone mold or ice cube tray.
    Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
    Pop and serve.
    Voila, you’re done!

Pup cream

Super easy and safe ice cream for dogs

  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt

    Combine the frozen blueberries and yogurt in a blender.
    Blend until combined.
    Add a little cool water if needed to blend.
    Serve in a bowl.

    You can replace the blueberries with any other frozen dog safe fruit. Cantaloupe, watermelon, and strawberries work great!

Dog approved peanut butter and jelly

  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries washed and tops removed
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/3 cups of cold water
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter – no xylitol

    Put the strawberries and honey in a blender with the water.
    Blend until combined and you have a smooth mixture.
    Put a small amount of peanut in each ice cube tray slot.
    Add strawberry mixture to each ice cube tray slot.
    Freeze for at least 3 hours
    Pop and serve.

You can substitute the strawberries with any other dog-friendly fruit.
An apple would work great, remember to remove the core and seeds.

You can also substitute the peanut butter with pieces of banana.

Baked dog treat recipes

A little more complex than frozen treats but still easy to make.

Pumpkin cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour or chickpea flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

    Preheat oven to 350°F.
    In a bowl combine pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs.
    Use a hand mixer to combine well.
    Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated.
    Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
    Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto a baking sheet.
    Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
    Let cool completely before serving any to your pup.

Pupcakes

  • 2 eggs
  • 5 strips of bacon
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour or chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 vegetable oil

    Preheat oven to 350°F.
    Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray molds with non-stick spray.
    Put bacon in the oven cook to desired crispness.
    Remove from oven and remove excess fat.
    Let cool and crumble.
    Add flour, eggs, water, vegetable, and oil in a large bowl.
    Use an electric mixer to combine ingredients.
    Add ½ crumbled bacon to a bowl and fold in.
    Fill muffin tins ¾ full with mixture.
    Drizzle the remaining bacon bits on the top of each muffin tin.
    Place in oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
    Remove from oven and let cool on racks.

Meatballs for dogs

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 shredded carrots
  • 1 pound lean ground beef 

    Preheat your oven to 350°F.
    In a large bowl, mix together all of your ingredients. 
    Everything should stick together very nicely.
    Now form your meatballs, you can make them any size you want. 
    Place your meatballs on a non-stick cooking tray or non-stick aluminum foil.
    Bake in the oven for about 15 – 25 minutes depending on the size of the meatballs you made.
    Remove from oven and let cool on racks.

As you can see all of these recipes are extremely simple and don’t require many ingredients or kitchen tools. You can mix and match ingredients in all the recipes as long you make sure you’re using ingredients from the safe for dogs list.

You can now rest assured your dog is only eating quality treats. You made them with love and your pup will thank you for it.