5 Simple Dog Treat Recipes

5 Simple Homemade Dog Treat recipes

Let’s face it, dog treats can get pretty expensive and many of us (myself included) have dogs that deal with sensitivities or allergies to certain foods.

I began making homemade dog treats a couple years ago; and while I’m a big fan of making treats from scratch, I’m not a big fan of slaving over complicated recipes. All of the recipes you’ll find below are simple, grain-free and easily modified!

It’s almost as if our pups realize when I’m making a treat for them versus myself – they’ll be patiently eyeing me from start to finish! Plus, it’s a fun activity and once you have a couple base recipes, you can start modifying and creating your own version of treats.

This first idea is the perfect treat for a hot day – and who knows, your pup might even share this one with you!

1) Frozen Pupsicles

¼ cup peanut butter (unsalted/no sugar added)
½ cup plain yogurt (I used 2% Greek)
1 ripe banana
1 teaspoon ground flax seed (optional)
Splash of unsweetened almond milk

Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into ice cube trays or small bowls (I used Kong ice cube trays & the Bonz mini silicon tray)
Freeze until solid. Remove from freezer 5-10 minutes before serving to soften.
(recipe via Sarah Lukemire - lolathepitty.com)

2) Chicken Wild Rice Dog Treats
Your dog will love these DIY chicken wild rice dog treats that resemble mini muffins!
*View recipe for Chicken Wild Rice Dog Treats.

Chicken Wild Rice Dog Treats

3) Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits
I call these after dinner mints! The parsley and mint in these treats is great for helping with bad doggy breath. Plus, the entire batch fits on one cookie sheet for quick prep and cleanup!
*View recipe for Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits

Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits

4) Small Batch Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits
Simple, small batch Peanut Butter Banana + Flax Seed Dog Biscuits! This recipe is a breeze to pull together and is a nutritious snack for your dog.
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Peanut Butter Banana (and flax seed!) Dog Treats

5) Puppy Power Smoothies
Made with four simple ingredients, these Puppy Power Smoothies are filled with vitamins, antioxidants and protein. Plus, parsley will help with any bad breath your dog may have!
*View recipe for Puppy Power Smoothies.

Puppy Power Smoothies

We hope your pups enjoy these as much as we did!
Lola and Rio

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Positively Expert: Sarah Lukemire

Sarah Lukemire is a pet blogger at LolaThePitty.com, where she is raising positive awareness and fighting the negative stereotypes associated with pit bull type dogs, networking bully breed dogs in need of adoption rescue, as well as sharing recipes and tips for dog owners. Her mission is to change the perception of bully breeds.


15 thoughts on “5 Simple Dog Treat Recipes

  1. Lori Christensen

    No, peanut butter ( natural ) is fine for dogs. Just read your labels. I use natural Peter Pan peanut butter.

  2. Renee Russo

    ? Dogs can have yogurt? Doesn't yogurt have sugar in it? Dogs can't have sugar, right? I just want to make 100% sure before I make this for my dog. A different dog treat recipe called for garlic salt..... ? But yeah, please get back to me. Thanks!

  3. Vikki Simons- Krupp

    At least one tsp a day of plain natural yogurt with the cultures for dogs is extremely healthy. My holistic vet recommened it years ago....adding yogurt to biscuit recipes is a great idea....

  4. Noelle

    There are many plain yogurts you can get that don't have added sugar in them. You need to check the ingredients to make sure though, because some of them do still have sugar. Most Greek Yogurts don't and anything with a "flavour" will have sugar or sweetener of some sort in it.

  5. Noelle

    Lori is correct, just get the no-salt unsweetened kind and double check that there's no sweeteners in it. It's great on apple slices for humans too. 🙂

  6. Noelle

    Is there a substitute for almond milk in these recipes? My family doesn't drink it and I don't want to buy a whole carton for a "splash" to make dog treats!

  7. Skip

    I have made treats with natural peanut butter (Peter Pan/Skippy), brown flour and pumpkin puree. My Golden is wild for these. Pick up the dog bone cookie cutter at World Market.

  8. Laura Fine

    The answers are varied on this. I give yogurt once in awhile. After all its meant to be a treat and not a regular dietary supplement. If you use yogurt give plain, and unflavored yogurt. The yogurt should contain only two
    things: milk and live cultures. Avoid yogurt containing sugar and artificial flavors. I like plain Greek and so do my fur kids. I can add whatever safe flavors I want, and I control the sugar content!

  9. Laura Fine

    Sugar is fine, its the artificial sugar like Xylitol that is literally poisonous to dogs. As will any sugars use sparingly and remember they are treats, not dietary supplements! Enjoy 🙂

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