HEALTHY DOG TREATS
Healthy Dog Treats
By: Adelina Carrettin
Pets should be a top priority and we should give them the best care possible. When your pet does something good, they should be rewarded. The problem with this is that many store bought dog treats contain dangerous chemicals that are hurting our pets instead of rewarding them. Thankfully, there are plenty of healthy homemade dog treats that are delicious and nutritious for our furry friends.
1. Homemade Peanut Butter Oat Dog Treats
These delicious snacks are sure to keep your pets begging for more.
Note: Be sure to use peanut butter that does no contain xylitol, because it is not good for dogs.
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (make sure it does NOT contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol)
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a blender, blend the milk and peanut butter. Add in the egg, blend well.
- Mix the flour and oatmeal in a bowl. Slowly add in the milk and peanut butter mixture to make the dough. Knead for a few minutes.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured, flat surface, about 1/4″ thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters.
- Transfer the dog treats onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes or until the surface is lightly browned.
2. Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
Dogs love peanut butter and bananas, so why not put them together to make a treat that’s twice as good!
Note: A riper banana works best for this treat recipe, as they are easiest to mash up, plus they have much more flavor!
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked Oatmeal
- 1 large Banana
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter, with NO xylitol
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a food processor or blender, grind your oats until they’re powder.
- In a bowl, beat together the banana and peanut butter until smooth. A few small chunks of banana here and there is ok. The dough should stick together, but shouldn’t be sticky.
- Reserve about a tablespoon of ground oatmeal and pour the rest into the banana peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.
- Dust your surface with the reserved ground oatmeal and roll your dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake treats for approximately 15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
- Cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to a week.
3. Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Treats
Looking for a nice & simple dog treat recipe to try? They’re easy to make and quick to bake, and as an added bonus they’ll make your kitchen smell awesome.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter*
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup water
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Mix together your flour, peanut butter & eggs in a large bowl until slightly combined.
- Add in a little bit of water (approximately one Tbsp at a time) until the mixture becomes wet enough to roll out as dough.
- Roll out your dough & cut out your favorite shapes with some cookie cutters.
- Place your treats onto your baking sheet & cook for about 15 minutes. For a little bit of crunch I like to take mine out once the bottoms start to darken.
4. Pumpkin Carrot Bites
These treats are great to bake during the holidays and they are sure to raise your pooch’s holiday spirits!
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (get the kind that has ONLY pumpkin in it)
- 1 1/4 cup shredded carrots, egg, slightly beaten
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Stir pumpkin, egg, carrots and flour in a large bowl until moistened.
- Roll the batter into small balls and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 – 35 minutes.
5. Apple Carrot Treats
Dogs love these flavors and they are really healthy for your pup. These dog treats are super simple to make and you can easily tailor the recipe for any special diets.
- 1 cup of whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
- 1 cup of grated carrots
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
- Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using cookie cutter.
- The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling pin will help! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
- Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.
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