Five Homemade Treats for Dogs

December 17, 2021 4 min read

Our dogs are some of the most cherished members of our families. Their quiet understanding, bursts of energy, and silly personalities make them integral parts of our lives.


Dog treats can be incorporated into training, keep them busy while you’re trying to get something done, or just show you care about them. Treats from the store can be convenient, but sometimes there is an element of ‘what is actually in this?’ when it comes in a bagged, shelf-stable form.


Making treats yourself can be a fun activity for kids, and gives you a dose of confidence, knowing the exact ingredients that went into them. 


Here are five homemade treat recipes for your dogs:

Peanut Butter and Sweet Potato Treats

These treats use common ingredients, and the sweet potatoes give your pup an extra dose of fiber!

Source: Momma Lew

Ingredients

2 ½ cups All Purpose Flour

2 eggs

¼ cup baked sweet potato

2 tbs peanut butter (double check label to ensure there is NO xylitol)

½ tsp salt

Directions

Start with your ingredients at room temperature

Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit and get out a cookie sheet

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, forming a dough. Add water as needed, getting the dough to a kneadable consistency. The dough should be pliable, but not wet. It should hold its form

Roll the dough to a ½ inch thick and cut desired shapes out. Remember, bigger treats will take longer in the oven than smaller treats

Bake your treats for 40 minutes, checking them at 30 minutes and every 5 minutes after that. You want dry and hard treats

Wait for them to cool and serve!

If there are leftovers, store in an airtight container for up to two weeks, of six months in the freezer

 

Crunchy Dog Treats with Blueberries, Oats and Peanut Butter

Blueberries have antioxidants and vitamin C, giving these treats an extra nutritious kick.

Source: Southern Bytes

Ingredients

1 cup of fresh, frozen, or dried blueberries

¾ cupoats

2 ½ cup whole wheat flour

2 eggs

3 tbs peanut butter (double check label to ensure there is NO xylitol)

½ tsp ground cinnamon  

⅛ - ½ cup warm water 

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit and get out your cookie sheet

Add your blueberries to the bowl. If they’re frozen, break them up with a spoon or hand mixer You want them to be individual blueberries, not clumps

Add your oats and mix them with the blueberries

Add all remaining ingredients and mix until just combined

Add water as needed, getting the dough to a kneadable consistency. The dough should be pliable, but not wet. It should hold its form

Roll the dough to ½ inch thick and cut to desired shape

Place on cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes, until they’re dry and crunchy

Let them cool and serve!

 

Chicken and Rice Dog Treats

For some extra protein, try this recipe with leftover chicken!

Source: Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Ingredients

6 oz . Cooked & cooled Boneless Chicken Breast, boiled or grilled; cooled

½ cup cooked & cooled rice

½ cup chicken stock

2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp salt

1 egg

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and get out your cookie sheet

Combine shredded chicken, rice and chicken stock in a food processor or blender and pulse until a paste forms

Add flour, eggs and salt into a bowl. Add chicken paste into the bowl as well

Mix ingredients together by hand until a shaggy dough forms

Add flour if needed, and roll the dough to ½ inch thick

Cut out desired shapes and pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes until light brown

Let them cool and serve!

 

Cheddar Bacon Dog Treats

With a savory combo like cheese and bacon, you can’t go wrong!

Source: Good Housekeeping

Ingredients

1½ cups rolled oats

1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 eggs

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit and get out your cookie sheet

Add all ingredients (except eggs) to a food processor and blend until well combined

Add eggs into the mix and continue to combine until a dough-like consistency comes together

Using a little flour, roll dough to ¼ inch thick on a flat surface

Cut the dough into your desired shapes

Bake for 20 minutes

Let them cool and serve!

Store in an airtight container

 

Frozen Peanut Butter & Coconut Oil Dog Treats

These treats are the easiest of all – they don’t even require you to turn on your oven!

Source: Live Laugh Rowe

Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter (double check label to ensure there is NO xylitol)

1 tsp unprocessed coconut oil

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Add all ingredients to a bowl, ensuring the coconut oil is in liquid form. If it’s not, gently melt over the stove or in the microwave in an appropriate dish

Stir until completely smooth

Add to an empty ice cube tray

Freeze solid

Store them in the tray, or transfer them to an air-tight container in the freezer

 

Our pups are worth every treat and dollar we put into them. With a little elbow grease, you can make some treats to win their affection with ease.

🌟We would love to see what you whip up in the kitchen for your pets, so feel free to post your pictures and tag us @benefab or #benefabproducts 🌟



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