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Are you a whiz in the kitchen and looking for some healthier treat options for your pet to try? Try your hand at creating some homemade treats not only made with clean ingredients you select, but also LOVE. Here are 5 recipes to help you create your own dog treats at home:
1. Yogurt and Banana Treats
This delicious treat not only has simple ingredients, but is also easy to make. Healthy, grain-free and refreshing – the ideal treat for your pup during the hot summer months or any time of the year.
- 16 ounces plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons natural unsweetened peanut butter (without xylitol, which is toxic to dogs)
- 1 medium banana , sliced
- Place silicone molds on a baking sheet (this helps transfer them easily to the freezer without spilling.) Set aside.
- Put all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor; blend until combined and creamy.
- Transfer to a measuring cup with a spout, for easy pouring.
- Fill each slot to the top with the mixture.
- Place in the freezer for about 3 hours or until solid.
- Gently release the frozen treats out of the molds and watch your doggie gobble them up!
Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe from https://bellyfull.net/yogurt-banana-dog-treats-recipe/
2. Carrot Cake for Dogs
Are you a Carrot Cake kinda person? Share your guilty pleasure with your pup by making them this tasty treat!
- 1 cup applesauce (plain, unsweetened, without any additives)
- 1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter (raw and natural, unsalted and unsweetened, and free of any flavors and xylitol)
- 2 large eggs
- 4 cups oat flour (plus 1/2 cup more if necessary and for dusting)
- 1 cup grated carrots (peeled first)
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened natural)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the applesauce, almond butter, and eggs together until blended.
- Add in the oat flour, carrots, and coconut flakes until just incorporated. (If you pinch a piece and it crumbles, add a little water. If it’s really sticky, you’ll need to add a little more oat flour, 1/4 cup at a time and not exceeding 1/2 cup. You want the dough slightly tacky, but not overly.)
- Transfer the dough to a surface lightly sprinkled with oat flour and knead 3-4 times until it comes together.
- Using a rolling pin sprinkled with oat flour, roll out the dough to a 1/2-inch thickness.
- Using cookie cutters, cut out the desired shapes and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
- Place in the oven and bake until the treats are dry and edges are golden, about 18-20 minutes.
- Let cool completely.
Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 552IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe from https://bellyfull.net/homemade-carrot-cake-dog-treats/
3. Sweet Potato Chews
Looking for a healthier alternative to rawhide to give your pup? These sweet potato Chews will for sure have them coming back for more without being hard on their tummies!
- 2 sweet potatoes of yams
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees f. Wash and dry your sweet potatoes. Thinly slice your potatoes length-wise. 1/4- 1/3 inch wide max.
- Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment if you have it. I was all out this time so I just placed them directly on the cookie sheet. Then bake them for 3 hours, turning them over halfway through. You want them to be pretty chewy and dry. You can also use a dehydrator if you have one instead.
- Store them in the fridge or freezer because if you leave them out they could get moldy.
- Then the real fun begins……giving them to your dog.
Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 73mg | Vitamin A: 3075IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg
4. Frozen Strawberry-Banana Bites
Treat your pup to a taste of summer with these refreshing frozen bites.
- 2 cups strawberries fresh or frozen (about 3/4 pound)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or regular yogurt, plain)
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup water
- Prepare your silicone mold by laying it on a small baking sheet or something else that is stiff for easy transfer to the refrigerator.
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until combined, approximately 2 minutes.
- Pour the mixture into the molds.
- Transfer the treats to the freezer (approximately 30 minutes) until set.
- Pop the dog treats out of the mold and store in the freezer in a container or bag.
Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
5. Cheese Bones
Cheese is a household favorite for most. With only four simple ingredients, these cheese bones are sure to be your furbabies next favorite snack.
- 3 cups whole wheat flour 339 grams
- 2 large eggs 100 grams
- ⅔ cup water 151 grams
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 113 grams
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl to form a dough.
- 3 cups whole wheat flour,2 large eggs,⅔ cup water,1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin to desired thickness. (I kept mine around ½-inch thick).
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out dog treats and lay them onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake treats for 20-25 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before feeding to your dog.
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