Holiday Friendly Dog Treat Recipes

October 12, 2017 | We Learn | Tips from Chelsea Tirone

Store-bought dog biscuits are not only expensive, they also contain ingredients that may be harmful to your pup. So why not make your own? Homemade dog treats are not only easy to make but healthy as well! With ingredients like peanut butter and vegetables, these three treat recipes are delicious and nutritious.

Zucchini, Carrot, and Spinach Dog Treats (from damndelicious.net)

Even though these are loaded with veggies, your dog will never know thanks to the peanut butter and pumpkin.

What you’ll need:

1 can pumpkin puree

2 large eggs*

¼ cup all-natural peanut butter

3 cups whole wheat flour (or more, depending on what you need)

1 carrot, peeled & shredded

1 zucchini, shredded

1 cup of baby spinach, chopped

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, combine pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs in a large bowl and beat on medium-high until blended, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly add the old fashioned oats and about 2.5 cups of flour while at low speed until incorporated. You can add the extra flour in increments of ¼ cup until the dough isn’t sticky. Then, add the carrot, spinach, and zucchini until incorporated.
  • While on a floured surface, knead the dough roughly 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pink (or whatever you have available), roll the dough out to about ¼-inch thickness.
  • Cut out the dough into desired shape using cookie cutter and place onto baking sheet.
  • Place in oven & bake about 20-25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
  • Let cool completely, then enjoy!

*If your dog is allergic to eggs, you can use ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce as a substitute.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits (from createdby-diane.com)

These are so delicious, you may just have to sneak one for yourself!

What you’ll need:

3 cups of oats

½ cup all natural peanut better

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Put oats in a food processor and pulse until it’s not as coarse (not as fine as flour, just a little smoother than regular oats).
  • Add the oats, peanut butter, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, baking powder, and egg to a bowl and blend with electric mixer on medium until fully mixed. (Or you can use a blender to blend everything).
  • Once mixed, roll onto floured surface and cut with desired cookie cutters.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Let cool completely, then treat the pups!

*Store in an airtight container to keep fresh.

Buttery Cheese Dog Biscuits (from bakeatmidnite.com)

What pup could ever resist cheese!?

What you’ll need:

1 ½ cups quick oats

½ cup of corn meal

¼ cup unsalted butter, cut up

1 cup boiling water

1 cup shredded cheddar or Colby cheese

2 cups whole wheat flour

½-1 cup of water (only enough to make rollable dough)

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit & line 1-2 large baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Combine oats, corn meal and cut up butter in large bowl.
  • Pour in boiling water and stir until everything is moistened. Let stand until mixture is room temperature.
  • Mix in cheese and flour with just enough water for rollable dough.
  • Roll out until about ¼-inch thick and use your favorite cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  • Arrange biscuits on prepared baking sheets & bake for 30-35 minutes. And, pro tip, don’t remove them from oven – just turn the oven off and let it cool with the biscuits in there. This is will prevent dehydration when stored.
  • When biscuits are completely cool, it’s time for the pup to taste!

*Store in airtight container.

Next time you’re looking for a new, healthy treat for your dog, look no further than your pantry! With some simple ingredients, these dog treats are easy to make and perfect for your pup.

Image from Tpiety via pixabay

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