10 amazing dog treat recipes

10 amazing dog treat recipes

Sharing tips and recipes for making your own dog treats and snacks.

10 AMAZING DOG TREAT RECIPES YOUR DOG WILL LOVE

Fur Deutsch: 10 hundekeks rezepte

Voor Nederlands: 10 recepten voor heerlijke hondenkoekjes

 

I love trying new recipes and taste new flavours. During the week I usually stick to recipes I know everybody loves and eats (--> the kids).

 

In the weekend I take more time and really enjoy cooking. The kids love cooking too. They know their way around the kitchen and let me tell you my oldest daughter makes the best eggs.

 

Every now and then we bake cookies and treats, not for ourselves but for the dogs. It’s a great activity for some quality time with the kids or something for you to do by by yourself (including nice music and a drink).

 

The internet is full of recipes and we have tried a lot of them. So if you’re thinking you would like to make some dog cookies or treats yourself, keep reading and have a go at making 10 of our favorite recipes.

 

 

10 amazing dog treat recipes by Dutchiz

 

 

7 Reasons to bake your own dog cookies

More and more pet stores sell natural products and products with less or no additives. That's a great development. The benefits of baking dog treats yourself is that you know exactly what they are made of. You choose the ingredients, you know it’s a good product.

 

7 reasons to bake your own dog cookies

 

7 reasons to bake your own dog treats:

  1. It's super healthy (a lot of vitamines in raw vegetables & fruit)
  2. It's super delicious
  3. It's a fun activity for yourself or with friends & family
  4. You can use the dog cookies as a present for someone, wrap it nicely and it’s a very original gift
  5. Your dog will love you
  6. If you bake smaller portions/size cookies you can use them as training treats
  7. You can use a stamp and customize it with your dogs name

The benefit of baking dog cookies is that they don’t have to look picture perfect. You can mold and shape them any way you like. Another benefit: it is (almost) kitchen dummy proof. I swear, even my worst dog cookie bake ever was received by nothing less than a cheering crowd of dogs and was gone in no time.

 

How to bake dog cookies & treats

If you're planning on baking dog cookies & treats there are a couple of kitchen items that will help you a lot.

how to bake dog cookies

 

It would be handy if you have the following items:

- a large bowl

- a silicone spatula or wooden spoon

- an oven (of you're baking cookies)

- a measurement cup and/or kitchen scale

- baking paper or a silicone baking mat

When baking cookies makes sure you pre heat the oven at 200 Celcius.

 

 

10 easy bake dog cookie & treats recipes

 

Here are 10 easy bake dog cookie & treats recipes that will knock your dog of its paws. Trust me, they will love you and adore you when they taste your homemade treats.

 

PS don’t put them in a cookie jar on the counter. It won't be the first time someone (let's say grandma) will take a bite.

 

10 healthy dog snack recipes

 

Recipes:

  1. Natural & healthy vegetable & fruit dog treats
  2. Peanut butter dog treats
  3. Peanut butter, oats & broth dog cookies
  4. Frozen apple yoghurt dog treats
  5. Vegan & gluten free dog treats
  6. Apple carrot dog treats
  7. Pumpkin carrot dog treats
  8. Salmon sweet potato dog treats
  9. Pumpkin carrot dog treats
  10. Frozen banana peanut butter dog treats

 

1. Natural & healthy vegetable & fruit dog treats

We regularly make a smoothie or a juice. Sometimes a healthy green one and sometimes a fruity one. No matter what you make you are always left with leftovers.

When we use our juicer (for clear vegetable or fruit juice without fibres) the machine leaves behind a pretty large pile of pulp. The first few times we threw away the pulp, but that is really a big waste. You can either use the pulp as fertilizer for your garden or use it to make delicious dog treats.

In the picture you see me holding a small ball in my hand. It might look like a small meatball but it's really not. It's a small carrot ball. I took out the pulp from the juicer and made small balls from it, just the way you would make a meatball. This particular carrot ball also has some apple in it because I made a carrot-apple-beet-lime-celery juice.

 

healthy carrot ball dog snack

When you are juicing it is wise to first juice one fruit or vegetable and then the other ones. This way you can for instance take out the carrot pulp before it is mixes with the lime. I'm pretty sure the dogs will appreciate it ;)

Also be aware some vegetables or fruits are better not served to dogs, so be careful you don't mix everything together.

You can use:

  • apple
  • carrot
  • broccoli
  • bananas (in moderation)
  • blueberries
  • brussels sprouts (not sure what smell will come out later)
  • cantaloupe
  • celery
  • cranberries
  • cucumbers
  • green beans (not sure how to use this for a smoothie or juice though)
  • mango
  • oranges
  • peaches
  • pears
  • peas (cooked)
  • pineapple
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • spinich (small amount)

 

2. Peanut butter dog treats

I think pretty much all dogs love peanut butter. If your dog loves peanut butter than you should definitely try this recipe. Only three ingredients plus water. Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients intil you see all the ingredients have mixed. Then add the water for the dough to become a little more smooth to roll out. If you have any baking molds you can use them to make nice cookies. If you don't just form round flat cookies by hand.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (with or without chuncks)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup water (add more if needed)

 

Instructions:

  • Make sure your preheat your oven to 350° F/190° C
  • Mix the all the ingredients (without the water) in a large bowl until it's all combined
  • Carefully add a little bit of water (not the whole cup) and add if necessary until the mixture becomes flexible enough to roll out as dough
  • Now roll out your dough & cut out your favorite shapes with some cookie cutters
  • Put your cookies onto your baking sheet & bake for about 15 minutes. Every oven is different so take the dog cookies out when the dog cookies have the colour you want them to be (light honey brown).

 

Depending on how large your cookie cutter is you should be able to get a nice amount of dog cookies out of this batch. You can keep the cookies in a cookie jar for about a week or put half of the batch in the freezer.

 

3. Peanut butter, oats & broth dog cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed grinded/broken
  • 1/2 to 1 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

 

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F/190° C
  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats and flaxseed. Mix in 1/2 cup beef broth and peanut butter. Mix well, adding additional beef broth if necessary to bring the mixture together to a thick dough. Form into a ball and turn out on a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut out to desired shape. 
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway. 
  • Cool completely, then keep in an airtight container for about one week.
 

4. Frozen apple yoghurt dog Treats

For this delicious cold treat you need an ice cube tray and a blender. If you don't have a blender a potato masher could do the trick if the apples are not too hard. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup of non fat yoghurt (greek)
  • a bit of water

 

Instructions:

  • Slice the apples into small pieces and remove the seeds and core
  • Mix the ingredients with a bit of water untill you get a liquid consistancy (when using a masher there will be chunks but that's fine)
  • Fill up the ice cube tray untill it's full and place it in the freezer.

After a few hours these treats will be ready and I'm sure your dog will love these fresh and natural treats.

 

5. Vegan & gluten free dog treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Oat or Rice Flour
  • 2 ripe Bananas, mash it up
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter (smooth & unsweetened)

If your dog has a grain allergie this is a great treat for him/her. A simple three ingredient treat that is easy to make. 

 

Instructions:

  • Peel your and mash the bananas, mix it with the peanut butter untill its smooth
  • Add your flour, half a cup at a time, and mix it up really well
  • Make a big dough ball with your hands
  • Chilling the dough in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes helps firm the dough (its optional)
  • Preheat your oven to 325 F / 190 C
  • Roll out the dough to a 0.5 inch / 1 cm thickness
  • Use cookie cutter or your hand to cut and shape your cookie
  • Place the cookies on a baking sheet 
  • Poke a few holes in each cookie using a fork
  • Place the cookies in the oven and bake for about for 30-35 minutes (untill golden brown)
  • Take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool down

You can keep the cookies in cookie jar or the freezer.

 

6. Apple carrot dog treats

A lot of dogs love carrots and apples, so I am sure these homemade dog treats will be a hit. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated apples

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven 350°F / 190°C
  2. Mix ingredients together until dough forms
  3. Roll dough into small balls and place on an oven sheet lined with parchment paper. Press dough down slightly so the biscuits are about about 1/4 inch thick
  4. Bake until golden brown and let cool on a wire rack

These cookies will still be 'wet' due to the apple, therefore it's best to eat them within a couple of days or put them in the freezer.

 

7. Pumpkin carrot dog treats

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup soft or graded pumpkin (fresh or from a can)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour 

 

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F / 190 C 
  • Mix pumpkin, egg, carrots and flour in a large bowl until wel mixed
  • Roll the batter into small balls with your hand and place on a baking sheet
  • Bake for about 30 - 35 minutes untill gold brown

 

8. Salmon & sweet potato dog treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 can salmon
  • 1 medium sweet potato, baked in the skin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • coconut oil, as needed to grease the pan or parchment

 

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F/190C
  • Beat the eggs until fluffy in a bowl
  • Fold in the coconut flour and salmon
  • Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes while the coconut flour absorbs the mixture
  • Remove the sweet potato from it's skin and mash it until it is smooth
  • Fold mashed sweet potato into the mixture
  • Grease a baking mold with coconut oil
  • Press the mix into your mold
  • bake for about 60-70 minutes until the mixture is firm, the edges are golden brown and a tooth pick comes out clean
  • Allow to cool and slice into squares

 

These treats will remain a bit moist and therefore have to be given within a couple of days. You can also keep them in the freezer and take out what you need.

 

9. Pumpkin carrot dog treats

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (get the kind that has ONLY pumpkin in it)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour 

 

Instructions:

  1. Make sure the oven is preheated to 350 F / 190 C
  2. Mix the pumpkin, egg, carrots and flour in a large bowl
  3. Roll small balls by hand and place them on a baking sheet
  4. Bake the treats for about 30 - 35 minutes

 

10. Frozen Banana dog treats

The easiest and maybe even the most delicious treats to make are these frozen bananas.

All you need is two bananas and half a cup of peanut butter.

 

Instructions:

  • slice up the bananas into about 2cm parts
  • warm up the peanut butter in a pan, add some water if it stays too thick
  • dip each piece of banana in the warm peanut butter
  • place the banana on a tray on a piece of backing paper
  • place the tray in the freezer
  • after a couple of hours the pieces can be put in a container and kept in the freezer

 

This treat is delicious and your dog will love it! If your dog doesn't like it just keep it

 

Master Chef for dogs

I hope you have found one or more recipes you would like to try making for your dog. You really don't have to be a master chef contestant to make these dog cookies and dog treats.

 

I like easy, quick and tasty recipes and these fit that profile.

Let me know if you made one of these recipes and more importantly if your dog liked them.

 

Bon apetit dear doggy friends!

 

 

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