Homemade dog treats … they sound like SUCH a great idea, but surely that would be costly and require way too much time and effort, right? Wrong. Healthy dog treat recipes don’t need a list of obscure essentials or a culinary degree. With some simple ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can score major points with your furry BFF and maybe earn you a bit more room on the couch or bed. Doubt it!
The best part of making your own dog treats is you know exactly the ingredients that go into your dog’s food. No hard-to-pronounce chemicals or ingredients; just pure ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. On this page, we have curated recipes for dog biscuits, dog treats and puppy treats.
If you’re like us, though, you appreciate simplicity.
3 Rules for Homemade Dog Treats
Before you begin making your dog treats, there are a few rules:
- Know which human foods that are off-limits to dogs.
- Understand homemade treats are not intended to replace your dog’s regular meals.
- Speak with your vet if you have concerns or questions about homemade dog treat/food recipes.
Healthy Dog Biscuit Recipe
This recipe from design-milk requires only two ingredients and takes 20-25 minutes of baking time.
2 cups of 100% organic whole wheat flour (you can also use spelt, wheat germ, rolled oats, or a combination). Grain-free options include chickpea flour.
2 (4 oz) jars of pureed baby food like beef, chicken, sweet potato, or whatever flavor your pet fancies.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- In a bowl, combine the flour and baby food to form a stiff dough. Add additional flour or water as needed.
- Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a knife, pizza cutter, or cookie cutter to cut shapes.
- Place treats about 1/2 inch apart on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment or silicone baking mat.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Allow dog biscuits to cool completely before storing them. Store them in a paper bag. You can use an air-tight container for storage, but the treats might soften. They’ll still be edible. They should last for a couple of weeks in a cool, dry place.
Healthy Dog Treats Recipes
Peanut butter treats for dogs (She Knows)
This recipe for healthy dog treats calls for four ingredients and 20 minutes of baking time.
1 cup organic peanut butter (room temperature)
1 cup skim milk
2 cups whole-wheat flour (you’ll need a bit more for cutting out the cookies)
1 tablespoon baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and milk. Pouring the milk slowly over the peanut butter will help make mixing easier.
- In a second mixing bowl, combine the whole-wheat flour and baking powder.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients into the peanut butter and milk, stirring until thoroughly mixed.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until you’ve reached your desired thickness. Using a knife, pizza cutter, or cookie cutter, cut out the dog treats and place them about a 1/2 an inch apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Let biscuits cool completely. Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place for up to two weeks.
Best of Breed Dog Biscuits (King Arthur)
Called the ‘Best of Breed Dog Biscuits‘ recipe, this King Arthur creation is loved by dogs everywhere.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 large eggs
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold water
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Lightly grease or line two cookie sheets with parchment.
- Combine the first four ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and peanut butter. Stir to combine. The mixture should be crumbly. Add enough of the cold water to make a cohesive dough.
- Form walnut-size balls with the dough and drop them onto a prepared cookie sheet. Flatten each ball to about 1/4 inch thick. As an alternative, you can roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut shapes using a knife, pizza, or cookie-cutter, then place on the prepared cookie sheet. You can lay the biscuits close together because they don’t contain any leavening, such as yeast or baking powder; they won’t spread.
- Bake until biscuits are dark golden brown and dry and crisp about 40 to 60 minutes.
Let biscuits cool completely. Store dog biscuits in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place for up to a week.
Healthy Puppy Treats Recipe
If your dog is still a puppy, Pretty Fluffy shares a delicious homemade puppy treat recipe that contains only four ingredients and takes about 15 minutes of baking time.
3/4 cup unsalted almond butter
1/3 of a banana
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat.
- Use a fork to mash the banana in a medium-size mixing bowl. Once mashed, add remaining ingredients and combine until blended. The mixture should be thick and gooey.
- Place dime-size spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake for 5 minutes, turn pan and bake for another 5 minutes.
Let cool completely. Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place for up to 5-7 days.