Easy Homemade Dog Treats

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Easy Homemade Dog Treats

I’m always trying to find ways to cook from scratch, save money and avoid questionable food additives, so as I was standing in the grocery aisle pondering the ingredients of the over-priced dog biscuits, I realized that I could probably make healthy homemade dog treats for a fraction of the cost. This need arose when we were training our Rottweiler puppy. He’s a smart little guy (well, not so little anymore) but he is super food-motivated – hence we were buying a lot of those boxes of Milk Bones and Pupperonis and whatever else I could find that didn’t break the bank. 

Homemade Dog Treats
 
Thus began my quest for the perfect homemade dog treats recipe. I’ve pinned several that were recommended by friends, my mom clipped a few from the local newspaper and, of course, good old Google supplied me with an endless supply of recipes to try. Over the last year I’ve tweaked and modified many of these and came up with a couple favorites.
 
These are super easy homemade dog treats recipes that you can whip up in no time. And yes, I actually bought bone-shaped cookie cutters – but not just because they are cute. If my family sees cookies cooling on a rack, they are free game, and while that could be quite entertaining, I opted to save them the trauma of biting into a bacon and peanut butter flavored cookie! 😉
 Homemade Dog Biscuits

 

Homemade Bacon and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Yields 24
Easy, healthy, homemade dog treats
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup peanut butter (choose a peanut butter with no xylitol in the ingredients, or use an all natural peanut butter. Xylitol is highy poisonous to dogs)
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 3/4 cup milk
  4. 1 Tbsp bacon grease or cooked bacon, chopped
  5. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  6. 1/2 cup oats (rolled oats or quick oats
  7. 2 tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F
  2. In a large bowl, mix peanut butter, egg, milk and bacon grease or bacon.
  3. in a small bowl, combine flour, oats and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to peanut butter mixture and mix until well incorporated. The dough will be very thick.
  4. turn dough out onto a well floured surface and roll out to about a 1/4 inch thickness with a well-floured rolling pin. Cut into shapes with a knife or cookie cutter.
  5. Arrange cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving about 1/2 inch spaces between biscuits.
  6. Bake at 300 F for 20 minutes, then flip them over and cook the other side for 15 more minutes. Do not remove from oven.
  7. Turn the oven off and leave the treats in there until cool. This helps to dry out the treats without overcooking them.
  8. These treats can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge for 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months. No need to thaw them - my dogs love them straight out of the freezer.
Notes
  1. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT XYLITOL: choose a peanut butter with no xylitol in the ingredients, or use an all natural peanut butter. Xylitol is highy poisonous to dogs
Homesteading Canuck http://www.homesteadingcanuck.com/
This is an easy, healthy homemade dog treat that freshens breath too!

Breath Freshening Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
Yields 24
An easy, healthy homemade dog treat that freshens breath too.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 banana
  2. 1/4 cup peanut butter (xylitol free - see note)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  5. 2/3 cup rolled or quick oats
  6. 1 Tbsp dried mint or 2 Tbsp dried parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mash banana. Add peanut butter and egg and mix well.
  3. Add flour, oats and mint or parsley and mix well to combine.
  4. Turn out onto floured surface and roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness with a floured rolling pin and cut into shapes with a knife or cookie cutter. Alternatively, you can roll the dough into 24 balls and flatten with a fork or the palm of your hand.
  5. Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 300 F for 25 minutes, flip cookies over and bake an additional 20 minutes.
  7. Turn off the oven, but leave the treats in the oven until cooled.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, in the refrigerator or freezer. These treats can be given frozen or thawed.
Notes
  1. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT XYLITOL: choose a peanut butter with no xylitol in the ingredients, or use an all natural peanut butter. Xylitol is highy poisonous to dogs
Homesteading Canuck http://www.homesteadingcanuck.com/

 

Do you make homemade dog treats for your fur-babies too? Share your recipes in the comments!

 


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