Homemade Treats Your Dog Will Love

Homemade Treats Your Dog Will Love
9 Nov, 2019

Homemade Treats Your Dog Will Love

Every dog deserves a treat. Whether they’ve earned one by doing well in their training, performing a trick, or just simply look too cute to not give them one, treats are an essential part of a dog’s life. However, not all treats are created equal. Homemade treats have a lot of benefits for your dog, when you make it yourself, you know exactly what’s going into the food your dog is eating. On top of that though, it’s often cheaper to make your own because you can use ingredients you already have lying around your kitchen for yourself.

Homemade Treats Your Dog Will Love

We have scoured the internet to bring you a selection of delicious Homemade Treats you can make at home for your dog. A word of warning though. You should never substitute treats for meals and only offer them in moderation. Please also be mindful about inadvertently feeding toxins, such as chocolate and grapes, to your four-legged friend. If you’re not sure about anything, do check with your vet.

Peanut Butter Power Homemade Treats

If you’re searching for a delicious dog cookie with some peanut butter punch, look no further!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 cup peanut butter (ensure the brand you choose is xylitol-free)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet. Line the sheet with parchment paper if you want a quicker clean-up.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine pumpkin, peanut butter, and eggs until well-combined.
  3. Add in the flour ½ cup at a time until it’s fully mixed. Once all the flour has been added, the mixture should no longer be sticky.
  4. Depending on how creative you want to get, you have two options for how to create your cookies:
    • Create balls of dough (roughly half an inch in size), place on your baking tray, and flatten with a fork
    • If you want points for presentation, roll the dough into until it’s no more than a ¼ inch thick, use a cookie cutter of your choosing to cut the dough, and place on the baking sheet.
  5. When ready, put your baking sheet into the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  6. Once cooled, place the treats in an airtight container and store in the fridge for best keeping.

Cheesy Marmite stars Homemade Treats

My maiden name before I married was ‘Baker’, and so to live up to family tradition, I like to create a new recipe once in a while, usually a dessert of some kind, but today’s offering is a doggy treat!

‘Cheesy Marmite stars’ are made with potato flour, making these tasty, crunchy biscuits a nutritious treat for gluten-intolerant dogs, and suitable for dogs whose owners choose to feed them a cereal/grain-free diet.  You can buy potato flour from health food stores (e.g. Holland & Barrett).

Ingredients (makes about 120-140 biscuits):

  • 250g potato flour
  • 50mls cold water
  • 2 generous teaspoons of Marmite
  • 50g finely grated mature Cheddar cheese
  • 1 large free range egg


Instructions

  1. Preheat over to175C and line a large baking tray with a sheet of baking parchment.
  2. Mix together flour and grated cheese in a large bowl.  In a jug, beat together water, Marmite and egg.
  3. Add Marmite mixture to the cheese/flour and mix to a stiff dough.  You may need to add a little more water.  If you have never used potato flour before, if you add too much water the dough will resemble silly putty and be too runny to roll out, so add any extra water a tiny bit at a time.  If you do end up with silly putty, add a little more flour.
  4. Once your dough is at handling consistency (it may be a bit sticky, but this is okay), place onto a floured board and roll out to around ¼ – ½ cm thick.
  5. Using a small (3 – 4 cm wide) star-shaped biscuit cutter, cut out one star at a time, placing each on the baking tray before cutting the next. The reason for this is that potato flour dough doesn’t hold its moisture very well, and if you cut and leave each biscuit in-situ with the intention to place them all on the tray once you’ve finished cutting, they will have stuck to the board.
  6. Bake near the top of the oven for 30 minutes, then remove and cool on a wire rack.  Once cooled, store in an airtight container.

Veggie Delight Homemade Treats

Who says dogs don’t eat vegetables? These biscuits may be the perfect treat to prove everyone wrong!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potatoes (mashed)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 carrot (peeled and shredded)
  • 1 zucchini (shredded)
  • A cup spinach (chopped)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet. Line the sheet with parchment paper if you want a quicker clean-up.
  2. Wash and prepare your vegetables:
    • Peel the sweet potato, cut into medium-sized pieces, and set aside.
    • Peel and shred the carrot. Alternately, you can use a ½ cup of pre-shredded carrots from your grocery store. Set aside for later.
    • Shred the zucchini and squeeze as much excess liquid out of it as you can. You can do this by placing the shreddings on a paper towel and squeezing until no more liquid comes out. Set aside.
    • Remove stems from spinach and chop leaves with a sharp knife. Set aside.
  3. Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Once at a rolling boil, add the sweet potato pieces and leave in for 15-20 minutes, or until the potato can be pierced easily with a fork.
  4. Drain the water from the pot and use a masher to turn the sweet potatoes into a mash. Try to remove as many lumps as you can so it is smooth.
  5. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, sweet potato, and eggs until well-combined.
  6. Alternately add in the flour and rolled oats until they are fully mixed in with the wet ingredients. Once all the flour has been added, the mixture should no longer be sticky.
  7. Fold in the shredded carrots, zucchini, and chopped spinach until evenly dispersed through the mixture.
  8. Lightly flour a surface and knead the dough on it until it forms a solid lump. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into until it’s no more than a ¼ inch thick, then use a cookie cutter of your choosing to cut the dough.
  9. When ready, put your baking sheet into the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  10. Once cooled, place the treats in an airtight container and store in the fridge for best keeping.

Dog Biscuits

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil*
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease, coconut oil, chicken fat, or any other fat that will solidify at room temperature, melted
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour. Stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated.
  3. Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Whisk the bacon grease and peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).

Heart-Shaped Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1.5 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Beat the eggs and set aside
  3. Combine almond flour, coconut oil, and dried cranberries in a bowl.
  4. Add in the eggs and knead the ingredients with your hands. Dough will be wet and sticky.
  5. Add in the coconut flour one tablespoon at a time to achieve a consistency that is easy to roll out and not overly sticky. This should take approximately 3-4 TBSP.
  6. Roll out the dough and cut out the treats using heart shaped cookie cutters.
  7. Place the treats on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until crisp.

These yummy little cookies are great year-round, not just for Valentine’s Day! Cranberries are a superfood and they’re jam packed with healthy nutrients and antioxidants.

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