My dear friend recently asked if I had any recipes for homemade dog treats that were shelf stable and actually looked good. He did make a good point that our four-legged friends deserve special treats during the holidays just as much as our two-legged friends.
I spent some time researching the best recipes that can be made at home, don’t need refrigeration, and aren’t full of unhealthy, off limit ingredients for our furry friends.
*Please note that when introducing new foods to your pup, please be careful. Start with one treat and wait and see how they do. Some dogs are more sensitive than others when trying new foods.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
Mix the flour and mashed banana together, and add enough coconut oil to turn it into a dough. Roll out and cut into the desired shape(s).
Bake them at 350F for 15-20 minutes or longer depending on the size of the biscuit. You can tell they’re done when they’re just browned around the edges.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
- 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
- 1 zucchini, shredded
- 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
- Gradually add old-fashioned oats and 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add carrot, zucchini, and spinach, beating just until incorporated.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times 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 the prepared baking sheet.
- Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
- Let cool completely.
- 1 1/4 cup flour, plus a little extra for cutting the dough
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup milk
- additional peanut butter for sandwiching
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside. In a large bowl (or stand mixer), combine all ingredients, beating until soft dough forms. Dust counter with flour. Pat out dough into a large rectangle, about 1 inch in depth. Using a 1 1/2 inch circle shaped cookie cutter, cut into circles. Use all dough.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are a uniform color on top (as they bake, the color will actually lighten instead of darkening). Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. When your pup deserves a treat, smear a little peanut butter in the center of two cookies and sandwich them together! I store these cookies without the peanut butter in the center. Then when I want to give Brody a treat, I put some fresh peanut butter in the center and sandwich the cookies together right before I hand it to him. The treats stay fresh for much longer this way (up to 2 weeks).
- Cooking spray
- 2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, wheat germ, and flax seed. Set aside.
- In another mixing bowl, combine honey, eggs, oil, water, applesauce and pumpkin puree until well combined. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until well-mixed.
- Form into a disc and roll out on a well-floured surface until about 1/4″ thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out shapes and place on the prepared baking sheet about 1″ apart.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until treats are very brown and very hard.
- Let cool completely before giving them to your pooch to try out. Store in an airtight container out-of-reach of your puppy.
Hope you enjoy, let me know if you try these or if you have a go-to homemade recipe for your little fur ball.