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Dog treat recipes

Make these healthy, nutritious, and tasty recipes for your furry best friend

There’s a lot to keep in mind when feeding your dog, from proper ingredients and nutrition to food types and feeding schedules. When examining everything your pup is eating to ensure they’re healthy and safe, don’t forget an important component: treats. Along with ensuring you’re rewarding your dog with wholesome food, making your own dog treats is also a great bonding experience to share with your pet, and a fun way to get creative in the kitchen. In addition, if your pet has dietary restrictions or special needs, homemade dog treats are a good option for managing ingredients and nutritional content. Does your pup have a dairy sensitivity? You can easily use a non-dairy, unsweetened option like coconut milk or almond milk. Do you have an older dog who has trouble chewing hard foods? You can make softer at home might. 


Here are three recipes to inspire your homemade dog treat creations. 


Dog Treat Recipe 1: A Rainbow of Raw Veggies 

Sometimes the simplest things bring the most pleasure. For dog parents, raw fruits and vegetables are the ultimate low-maintenance treat. Try a range of colors, textures, and flavors, and you will get a sense of what your dog likes and doesn’t like. However, it’s important to keep your dog safe. If you’re unsure if your pup can have a certain fruit or vegetable, check a reputable resource like the American Kennel Club or talk to your vet. 


Ingredients: 

  • 3 cherry tomatoes 
  • 1/3 carrot 
  • 1/3 yellow bell pepper 
  • 1/8 cucumber 
  • 3 blueberries 


Directions: 

1. Rinse all the fruits and vegetables. 

2. Chop each item into sizes that are appropriate for your dog. 

3. Plate creatively and serve to your dog. Store leftovers in a freezer bag in the fridge and use within 4 days.


Dog Treat Recipe 2: Mini Meatballs

Who doesn’t love meatballs? This recipe will create a safe version for your dog to enjoy.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup quick-cook oats

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with unsalted butter or olive oil.
2. Rinse spinach with water.
3. In a large bowl, use your hands to mix spinach, ground beef, egg, and oats.
4. Shape 1-inch meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.
5. Bake meatballs for 30 to 40 minutes, until beef is cooked through. If desired, turn once during cooking to brown on all sides.

7. Turn off oven and let the meatballs rest for an additional 15 minutes inside the oven.
8. Remove from oven and allow meatballs to cool completely before serving to your dog.

9. Refrigerate meatballs for up to 4 days, or freeze and thaw a few at a time as needed.

Yields about 4 dozen meatballs.


Dog Treat Recipe 3: Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

This is a basic, hard, and dense cookie. If you’d rather not use white flour, try almond or coconut flour.


Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil for greasing
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry or fresh grated ginger
  • 12 ounces white flour


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with alumunim foil and grease with coconut oil.
2. In a large bowl, mix banana, peanut butter, egg, and ginger.  

3. Gradually add flour to the mixture until a dough forms.

4. Roll dough into 1- to 2-inch balls. Using your palm, flatten each cookie, or use a cookie-cutter shape of your choosing.
Yields about 1/2 dozen 2-inch cookies.