by Melody Keilig

When you’re baking treats, from pumpkin spice everything to Christmas cookies, do you ever wonder if your fur baby would appreciate a homebaked goodie? Their wandering eyes can tell you everything as they watch you enjoy your tasty creations, so check out these recipes for homemade pup treats!

1. Easy Pumpkin Dog Treat

With only four ingredients to mix, this recipe is super fast and easy! You only need flour, an egg, canned pumpkin, and peanut butter. Simply use a mixer or stir the ingredients yourself until they form a consistency similar to your Christmas sugar cookie dough. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to create fun shapes for your dog to enjoy. These dog treats only need 20-30 minutes in the oven until they are baked to perfection! 

2. Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Donuts

For a savory treat, bring the donut shop home with these mouthwatering peanut butter bacon donuts. Even though these are for your dog, maybe they’ll let you sneak a bite! Plus, these are incredibly easy to make. Simply mix flour, oats, coconut oil, peanut butter, and two eggs. Make sure you set aside plain Greek yogurt and bacon bits (or even better, leftover bacon from your frying pan!). The only unique item you’ll need for this recipe is a donut pan, but you could also shape the donuts and bake on a cookie sheet. These treats only need about 14 minutes to bake, so even the most impatient pups can wait for these creations! Once the donuts are done, let them cool, and then spread the Greek yogurt. Add the bacon for the finishing touch! 

3. Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats

For a pup treat with extra shelf life, check out these super easy 4-ingredient oats and apple pretzels! This recipe can even be made gluten-free for dogs who have allergies: simply look for gluten-free oat flour and rolled oats. Mix oat flour, rolled oats, an egg, and unsweetened applesauce to create the pretzel dough. Take pieces of the dough and roll them out into tubes, then shape them into pretzels. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until they are deliciously brown and crisp on the top! These will keep in the pantry for two weeks, so you’ll have a nice supply of treats. 

4. Homemade Greenies

At some point, your dog’s breath is going to smell of something funky. Humans have gum and breath mints, while dogs have greenies. But why go on a grocery run for the store-bought brand when you can make them yourself? Although these need a little more prep work, they’re worth it to give your pup a homemade (and healthier!) alternative. With ingredients like fresh mint and parsley, activated charcoal, ghee, and bone broth, these are sure to please while giving your dog fresher breath and essential nutrients! 

5. Carrot Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Before you wait in that long line for a Puppichino, why not give a much more satisfying treat to your pup? These pupcakes are mini carrot cakes with peanut butter and honey frosting, so sweet and savory meet in this perfect combo. Mix shredded carrots, peanut butter, yogurt, an egg, wheat flour, and baking soda to make the pupcake base. Bake in a cupcake tin for 25-30 minutes. For the frosting, mix the remaining peanut butter and yogurt with honey. Your dog is sure to enjoy this perfect after-walk treat!

6. Beef or Chicken Dog Treats

Need a more filling treat for your dog? If your dog can’t go long without a treat, these make great snacks between meals! Rather than feed your dog a super dry store-bought treat, bake these perfectly moist 4-ingredient beef or chicken biscuits. You only need rolled oats, a touch of salt, one egg, and low-fat beef or chicken broth. Simply mix, shape into biscuits, and bake for 20 minutes. These treats will disappear quickly, but you can make a large batch for later because these treats can be stored in the freezer for weeks!

7. Healthy Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Looking for the easiest treat possible? How about this one ingredient (you read that right!) sweet potato recipe? Depending on how many treats you’d like to make, all you need are sweet potatoes or yams. Simply wash, slice, and bake for one hour on each side. Store in an airtight container and bring these yummy sweet treats anywhere!

8. Carrot and Banana Dog Treats

For a dog biscuit with some added sweetness, mix up these carrot and banana treats! Made with ingredients you probably have on hand like carrots, bananas, eggs, wheat flour, cornmeal, and brown sugar, you can whip these up for a unique treat. Easily mix, roll out, shape with cookie cutters, and bake to perfection!

9. Breakfast Dog Biscuits

There are only so many ways to make a dog biscuit, right? Not quite! If your dog is bored by traditional bready treats, test out these breakfast dog biscuits with a satisfying cheesy bacon flavor. Your pup will beg for these every morning! Made with brown rice flour, ground flaxseed, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, carrots, eggs, and water, this is also a healthy alternative to a heavy breakfast!

10. DIY Beef Jerky for Dogs

No more spending money on Pupperoni at the store! It’s easy to make on your own and much healthier for your pup. You never know what cuts of low-quality meats are included in traditional dog treats at the store. With homemade jerky, you select the cut of meat for your dog. You can even use the fattier pieces that you cut from the beef that you eat. The only kitchen tool you need is a dehydrator. Simply select your cuts of meat and dehydrate!

11. Fruit Cake Treats

This is one fruitcake that won’t be bounced around from pup to pup! If you’re looking to make a sweet and fruity treat for your dog, you’ve got to whip this up. Mix dried fruit, slivered almonds, coconut flakes, wheat flour, eggs, molasses, canola oil, and water. Bake for 25 minutes, wait to cool and serve this mouthwatering treat to your patient pup. Plus, you can make a large batch because this fruit cake will last in the fridge for three weeks! It also freezes well and will last up to four months.

12. Winter Squash Dog Muffins

For delicious winter comfort food, check out these butternut squash treats. Your dog will love these sweet muffins with notes of ginger and cinnamon! Plus, you can pick up the freshest butternut squash to use for this recipe. Simply prepare the squash by cutting it into cubes, and then mix ginger, cinnamon, one egg, corn oil, wheat flour, oats, and a splash of milk. Bake in a muffin tin for 15 minutes and serve when cool. These store up to 2 weeks in the fridge and 6 months in the freezer. 

Is your mouth watering yet? Remember to save some for the pup and let us know which recipe becomes your dog’s favorite! 

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