Healthy Dog Treat Recipes

Zucchini Chews Dog Treats

by Homemade Dog Treats on January 25, 2016

Zucchini? Yes you read that right, Zucchini Chews Dog Treats! I use any excuse I can think of to get healthier ingredients in my pups treats. While meat of course is their favorite they don’t turn their nose up at veggies that I have doctored up with a little flavoring. If your pup is a snacker and chewer these treats are sure to set tails wagging. Just a few simple ingredients and you can turn out a whole container of healthy treats that you can feel great about giving your dogs.

Did you know that Zucchini has a lot of health benefits for your dog? It provides calcium, potassium, B vitamins, beta-carotene, folate and fiber. Oh, and it’s pretty tasty too!

Zucchini Chews Dog Treats

Zucchini Chews Dog Treats Ingredients:

Easy Zucchini Chews Dog Treats

Zucchini Chews Dog Treats Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°.
  2. Slice zucchinis to ⅛” thickness with vegetable slicer or by hand.
  3. Toss zucchini in olive oil.
  4. Spread chews out on baking sheet (line with parchment paper for easy clean up) leave at least ½” space between each one to allow air to circulate.
  5. Sprinkle lightly with dry mustard and bouillon.
  6. Bake for 4-6 hours until desired doneness is reached- you can leave them slightly chewy or cook until crisp whatever your pet prefers.
  7. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks. I like to store my homemade dog treats in the fridge since they contain no preservatives I feel better about their safety.
  8. If you have a dehydrator you can also make them in there, follow manufacturers cooking directions.

What a simple healthy dog treat, we hope your dog loves them too!


Pumpkin Puppy Muffins

by Homemade Dog Treats on August 28, 2014

As soon as the crispness of fall hits I am craving and ready for pumpkin everything, I will add it into every recipe I can think of, and the bonus is that loaded up with fiber, Vitamins A, C, K, E, Beta-Carotene, and Iron it is a very healthy ingredient in many dishes. Guess what? It is equally beneficial to your dog, so the next time you grab a can for a special dessert for yourself make sure you whip your pup up a batch of these yummy Pumpkin Puppy Muffins. A hint of sweetness to satisfy those canine cravings, oatmeal for energy, and a little spice for great flavor makes these irresistible to your dog.

Pumpkin Puppy Muffins

Pumpkin Puppy Muffins Ingredients:

Pumpkin Puppy Muffins Dog Treats

Pumpkin Puppy Muffins Directions:

Preheat oven 350° F.

Lightly grease or spray mini muffin tin.

Place oats in blender or food processor and pulse until oats are about half powder.

Place oats and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir until just mixed.

Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with batter.

Sprinkle oatmeal on top of each muffin to make them more eye appealing and give your pooch a bit of crunch.

Bake for 15-16 minutes until tops are golden brown.

When muffins have cooled store in refrigerator for up to a week or in freezer for 3 months.

We hope your dogs enjoy these Pumpkin Puppy Muffins for a  special Fall treat, too!


Strawberry Dog Treats

by Homemade Dog Treats on August 17, 2014

Don’t these Strawberry Dog Treats look delicious? Most dogs have a sweet tooth just like people, haven’t you ever caught Fido trying to snatch a cookie? There are ways to indulge their canine cravings without the dangers of chocolate or processed sugar overload. Fresh fruit offers a natural sweetness to these dog treats, along with all the benefits of fresh fruit- strawberries for their phytonutrients and antioxidant properties, while bananas offer potassium and amino acids. You can feel really good about slipping your beloved pet these treats knowing they are made with wholesome ingredients and no additives, food dye, or preservatives.

Strawberry Dog Treats

Strawberry Dog Treats Ingredients:

Strawberry Dog Treats Recipe

Strawberry Dog Treats Directions:

Mash bananas and strawberries.

Add in flour, oatmeal, and yogurt. Stir until well combined.

Turn dough out onto well floured counter, dough will be sticky.

Flatten to 1/4” with your floured hands or rolling pin.

Cut shapes with cookie cutters or use a small cup for circles.

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake in oven preheated to 350° F for 15-17 minutes until golden and still slightly soft.

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Just looking at these Strawberry Dog Treats is making me hungry! Let us know if you make these delish treats for your pup!


Banana Carrot Dog Treats

by Homemade Dog Treats on August 7, 2014

These Banana Carrot dog treats contain loads of great ingredients that promote health in your dog and since you are putting in the ingredients you know exactly what is in them and what is not. Oatmeal is a great source of soluble fiber, bananas for potassium, carrots for the beta carotene and antioxidant properties, coconut oil for healthy coat and skin , and parsley to promote fresh breath and to aid in digestion. To make these gluten free you can use oat powder in place of whole wheat flour. The recipe allows you to bake them hard -which is great for dental health or soft (which my pups prefer).

Banana Carrot Dog Treats

Banana Carrot Dog Treats Ingredients:

Banana Carrot Dog Treats Recipe

Banana Carrot Dog Treats Directions:

Shred carrots on grater, or you can finely chip in processor.

Puree banana in blender or processor until smooth.

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and stir until well combined.

Flip dough out onto a well floured surface.

Press flat with your hands to 1/4” to 1/2” thickness, cut out dough using a cookie cutter in your desired shape.

Place carrot cookies on greased baking sheet and bake in oven preheated to 350° F for 30 minutes.

At this point you can pull cookies out for a slightly soft cookie, or turn off oven, crack door and allow cookies to remain in oven for an additional 20 minutes to become hard.

Store in airtight container in refrigerator for a week or freeze for up to 3 months.

We hope your pup enjoys these Banana Carrot Dog Treats too!