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Our four-legged friends are a part of the family, and just like our kids and husbands, we want to make sure Fido stays healthy and happy. Store-bought dog treats often contain unhealthy ingredients, like grains, fillers and preservatives, which can have a negative effect on your pup’s health
When you bake your own dog treats, you’re in control of the ingredients. And you’ll have a lot of fun whipping them up with the kids. This is also a fun way to kickstart your efforts to a healthier family menu (try these15 easy and healthy breakfasts).
Here are our three favorite dog treat recipes:
1. Frosted Pumpkin Dog Treats
Did you know that pumpkin is an excellent treat for dogs? It’s loaded with fiber, which keeps your pup’s digestive system healthy. It’s also rich in essential vitamins and minerals Fido needs to stay healthy.
These frosted pumpkin dog treats are tasty (even by human standards) and contain simple ingredients you probably have on hand.
They’re a cinch to put together, so you’ll be baking and Fido will be chowing down in no time.
Here’s what you’ll need to make about a dozen dog biscuits:
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1-1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. peanut butter (for the glaze)
1 tbsp. bacon grease (for the glaze)
Preheat your oven to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, pumpkin, oil and eggs.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Mix or knead the dough until you’ve incorporated all of the flour.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough, and use cookie cutters to cut the treats into fun shapes.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the peanut butter and bacon grease until smooth.
Drizzle the treats with the glaze, and allow them to cook until the glaze hardens.
Feel free to substitute in other doggy-friendly ingredients if your pup has an allergy or sensitivity to one of the items in the recipe.
If your dog is allergic to wheat, try rice or coconut flour instead.
2. Peanut Butter Treats
Dogs love peanut butter. And us humans get a kick out of watching their little mouths flap together when they eat this sticky pile of deliciousness.
Peanut butter is also a healthy treat for Fido. It’s a great source of protein, healthy fats, vitamin E, niacin and vitamin B.
This recipe also calls for honey, which gives the treats a natural sweetness and helps prevent allergies (if you use local varieties).
Here’s what you’ll need to make these peanut butter treats:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1-1/4 cup whole wheat flour (coconut or rice if your dog is allergic to wheat)
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp. Honey
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, honey and egg.
Add the water.
Add the wheat flour.
Knead until all of the flour is incorporated into the dough.
Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to about 1/2″ thickness.
If your dog loves peanut butter, he’s sure to go ga-ga over these treats. And they’re so easy to make, there’s never a reason to buy treats in the store again.
We even tried baking these in one of our bread makers, and the results were fantastic.
3. Apple Carrot Treats
Maybe your dog doesn’t like peanut butter, or you just don’t keep any in your home. These apple and carrot treats are right up your alley.
Apples are a great source of vitamins A and C, and they’re loaded with fiber (just like these muffins). Because this recipe calls for applesauce, there’s no need to worry about seeds. But if you do feed your pup fresh apples in the future, make sure to remove the core and seeds first.
Carrots are also a great low-calorie snack. They’re high in fiber and contain plenty of vitamin A. The carrot’s crunchy texture also makes it a natural dental chew to keep your pup’s teeth healthy and clean.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a dozen of these delicious, healthy dog treats:
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or the flour of your choosing)
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated carrots, applesauce and eggs.
Add the whole wheat flour, and combine until dough forms.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, and use cookie cutters to cut out fun treat shapes.
Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
Apple carrot treats smell and taste delicious. The neat thing about homemade dog treats is that they often contain ingredients humans love, too. I’ve been known to sneak a few apple carrot treats to the dismay of my pup.
What are your favorite homemade doggy treats? Share in the comments below!