Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Posted on June 12, 2018 in Pets

Years ago when I had a few less kids and a lot more time on my hands I would make dog and cat treats like crazy.

Now, I don’t have the time I used to but I decided I would try my hand at making these dog treats again and hope my dogs love them as much now as they did then.They do! These treats right off the bat are healthier for our dogs because I 100% know what is going into them. There is no gross additives or anything that can hurt them. These are straight up 4 ingredient dog treats that any dog will love!

Ingredients:

  • Ground oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 cups peanut butter

Directions:

  • In a blender (chopper or food processor)  process the oats to powder.
  • Mix peanut butter, apple and banana together until smooth
  • Add in oat powder, and mix well
  • Place dough on counter and roll out flat to desired thickness
  • Cut out using a cutter of your choice, and place on parchment paper on cookie sheet
  • Bake at 350 for 17 minutes
  • Store in an air tight container for up to a week or two

The oats in these make a great alternative to wheat (wheat flour) and are hearty and nutritious when served in moderation to dogs. It’s a great source of soluble fibre and is great for older dogs that need help maintaining bowel regularity.

This recipe makes over 80 treats the size of a penny/nickel. I had to make multiple batches as I have three dogs and would much rather they eat these than any treat you can find on a shelf.My dogs are getting older. Chase just turned 8, Chanel will be 7 in the new year and Ace? Just became a ripe ol’ 5 years old. I want them to live longer and eat only the best.It’s a struggle when it comes to dog food and treats. I would love to start even making my dogs their food if I had more time. I struggle with making sure they get the very best when they only want the very worst. My dogs? Would prefer to eat the cats food to their traditional dog food. This is an on-going struggle we deal with daily.Making sure their treats are at least free of harmful chemicals or gross fillers makes the struggle a bit easier (as does separate eating spots where dogs aren’t allowed!)

I will make these treats more often now that I know all three of my dogs, and not just Chase who I used to make them for 6 or so years ago enjoy.

Have you ever made homemade pet treats?

27 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Bailey June 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Ok now these sound like some delicious treats for poochies! I can imagine my Sal would love some! I’ll have to bake them up!

  • Reply robin rue June 13, 2018 at 11:05 am

    When we had a dog we always made him homemade treats. I love this recipe and will make some for my mother in law’s dog the next time I see her :)

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh June 13, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    My daughter makes treats for our dogs all the time. One thing we did learn, they don’t last as long, meaning they mold fairly quick. I’ll have to share this recipe with her.

  • Reply Candy June 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    I have made dog treats in the past and they love them. Nice to know what they are eating as well

  • Reply Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com June 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I used to love making homemade dog treats for my fur baby. Would love to try this recipe.

  • Reply Amber Myers June 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    These look and sound fabulous for dogs! I only have cats, and they always love when they can get some treats.

  • Reply Jenn June 13, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I used to make our dog homemade treat soften. They were all we ever gave her and then one day I got out of the habit and started buying store treats. I really need to get back to it.

  • Reply Neely Moldovan June 13, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    what a great idea. I am so sending this to my friends with dogs!

  • Reply Brandy June 13, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I really have to make these healthy homemade dog treats for Jenny the pug. I am sure she will love them and the kids will enjoy using them to teach her some tricks.

  • Reply Pam June 13, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Our dogs love treats, but I don’t love what’s in a lot of treats. These sound like a great healthy homemade option!

  • Reply Leigh Anne Borders June 13, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Love this! I have always wanted to make some dog treats for our little furbabies. This would be a great project to do with the kids.

  • Reply Dogvills June 14, 2018 at 3:24 am

    I am going to make this for my dog on Father’s day. Well, he is a father too! I am pretty sure he will love these treats! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Reply Angela Bethea June 14, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Great idea! Pets are family too and it’s nice to make them homemade treats once in a while.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose June 14, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Hmmm, I wonder if my dogs won’t sense the banana in it. They despised banana for some reason. These looks good though, even I can eat them lol.

  • Reply Brit Strawbridge June 14, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I’ve always wanted to make dog treats but I am allergic to peanut butter and that’s the main ingredient in all of them! I will have to try to find an alternative!

  • Reply Denise C June 14, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I just got a Vitamix, and I’ve been making everything in the blender! It’s so much easier on my wrists than the hand mixer I was using before.

  • Reply Pam June 14, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    My dogs would love these! I need to start making their treats because the alternatives are getting so pricey. These sound much healthier for them too.

  • Reply Kita Bryant June 14, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    My beagles love homemade treats. I am sure they would love these!

  • Reply Sara Welch June 14, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    These are such cute little treats. I love the ingredients used too.

  • Reply Marie Altenor June 14, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Found a similar recipe with the same ingredients , but it was homemade cookies for babies. They must have mislabeled it. I will pass this on to my friends with dogs.

  • Reply Heather June 15, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I haven’t made my own dog treats for our Siberian Husky in a very long time. She’s now 11 and was very spoiled in her early years as I baked every dog treat recipe I could find! I’ll definitely make these for her!

  • Reply Tami June 15, 2018 at 12:41 am

    These are ideal for my aging dog. She can’t eat much of anything and these look easily edible.

  • Reply Toughcookiemommy June 15, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I love the fact that these are healthy and that they can be made right at home. Our dog, Onyx, will definitely gobble these right up if I make them.

  • Reply Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's place June 15, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    We don’t have a dog for a pet (we have a cat) but I will forward this post to my sister in-law who treats her dog like it’s her child hahaa

  • Reply Marcie W. June 18, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    This is such an awesome idea! We love spoiling our pups with treats but get nervous about how and where they were made. Now we can make them ourselves!

  • Reply Mellissa June 20, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    I love my pup and I bet he’d love this treat. Plus a batch makes so many treats so thats perfect. I heard today that this girl’s dog loves fig newtons and it made me laugh about how we do so much for our furry family members.

  • Reply Debra June 21, 2018 at 1:01 am

    These seem like so much fun. I am going to have to try them out for my pooch this week!

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