You want to treat your dog, but treats bought at the grocery store can serve up all kinds of ingredients that don’t benefit your dog. Why not make your own? No more difficult than making a simple meal, you get less processed, less preserved, more fresh which is always beneficial. You may even sneak in some extra Omega-3s for healthy coats and fresh breath.
Be willing to practice. The art of baking is temperature and timing. If you don’t get it right the first time, you will with practice. The reward is satisfaction and superior quality for your pets.
1. Even Kids Can—2 Ingredient Treats
Beginners will love this. Add your dog’s favorite pureed baby food to organic wheat flour. Mix together until it forms a stiff dough. Roll out and use a cookie cutter or pizza cutter to make treats of a size appropriate for your dog. Bake at 350° on a parchment lined cookie sheet until done.
2. Banana-Almond Puppy Treats
These are great for puppies because they are soft and chewy.
- an egg
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/2 banana
- 2 tsp cinnamon
Combine all ingredients until well blended. Spoon nickel-sized dollops directly on parchment paper lined cookie sheets and place in a 350° oven for 5 minutes. Turn the pan and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve when cooedl. Will last 4–7 days.
3. Sweet Potato Fries
You won’t be able to resist sharing these with your pooch. They’re made with sweet potato, coconut oil, turmeric and cinnamon (both spices are safe and healthy for dogs). Wash and peel the potato, cut into strips, coat with oil and spices, spread out on a baking sheet and bake. Be sure to let these cool before letting your dog at them.
- 3 sweet potato (or yam)
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- turmeric & cinnamon to taste
Peel the potatoes. Cut into long, skinny, fry-shaped pieces. Add the oil, spices and potato strips into a Ziploc bag. Seal and toss to coat. Place the strips on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake 15 minutes at 425°. Flip the fries and return to oven and back another 15 minutes. Enjoy them with your dog.
4. Three-Ingredient Chicken Dog Biscuits
Just mix this dough together, roll out to 1/4″ thickness, cut into any shape with a cookie cutter. If the dough is too stiff, add a little more broth.