“Bake” your dog happy with these homemade treats! You can trick out these treats by using cool bone-shaped cookie cutters or just make plain, old circles. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect–dogs aren’t exactly picky.
Peanut Butter Macarons
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup milk
- additional peanut butter for sandwiching
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer (or another large bowl if mixing by hand), add flour, baking powder, peanut butter, egg, honey, and milk. Beat until ingredients are well combined and a soft dough forms.
- Give the surface you are going to pat the dough out on a light dusting of flour. Pat the dough out into a rectangle 1/2″ deep.
- Use a small cookie cutter to cut out circles of dough.
- Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.
- Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool.
- When ready to give to your dog, put some peanut butter in between two cookies.
- To store, place cookies in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and keep in fridge.
See the full recipe from Cooking with Janica here.
Frozen Strawberry & Banana Smoothie Treats
- 2 cups of Sliced Strawberries or a 16 ounce bag of Frozen Strawberries
- 1½ cups Plain Greek Low Fat Yogurt
- 1 sliced banana (if you have two…use them both)
- ¼ cup of Skim Milk
- 3 tablespoons of Honey
- Place all the ingredients in your blender
- Turn on the blender to a medium speed
- Blend for approximately 2 minutes
- Pour into the molds of your choice or use ice cube trays
- Freeze for 4 hours or more
- Pop out of the molds
- Ready to ENJOY!
- To store: Use Zip Lock Bags for a tight seal or use some sort of Tupperware, Rubber Maid or any tight sealing container. Sealed and Stored properly these will keep in the freezer for 2 months but they will never last that long because your pups will have them gone in no time.
- Please note: You can use other fruits instead of strawberries like watermelon, blueberries, mango, pumpkin (NEVER EVER GRAPES) and any other dog safe fruit or veggie. Bananas add a creaminess that no other fruit can offer. You can even add some peanut butter. Tailor them to your dogs tastes but I guarantee they will love this blend for sure. They are the pawfect treat!
See the full recipe from The Cottage Market here.
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
- 1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree
- ½ cup Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar, salt or oil added)
- 1¾ cups Oat Flour
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Add all of the ingredients to a stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater attachment. Mix on medium speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again. Mixture should be thick and fudgy, not sticky, like cookie dough.
- Roll the dough in between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it’s ¼” thick. Use a mini bone cookie cutter to punch out bone shapes. Reroll the dough and punch out more cookies, until the dough is used up.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until firm and dry. Let cool completely, then store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
See the full recipe from Desserts with Benefits here.
Homemade Chicken Jerky
- 1 pound of boneless chicken breast
- Preheat oven to 250º.
- Trim the chicken of all visible fat.
- Rinse and pat dry.
- Using a cookie sheet with sides, line it with parchment paper.
- Place a wire rack onto the cookie sheet (this will allow the air to circulate as the chicken is dehydrating).
- Slice the chicken ⅛ inch to ¼ inch thick.
- Place the chicken slices on a rack and cook for 2 hours *(check them after an hour and then every thirty minutes or so. Everyone’s oven can vary a little, so after you make them once you can adjust the time as necessary).
- Flip them over after 2 hours.
- Continue to cook another 45 minutes.
- Turn oven off and let them cool in the oven with the door open a little.
Carrot & Banana Dog Treat
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup cornmeal
- 1 bunch fresh carrots, finely chopped or grated
- 2-3 fresh bananas, peeled and mashed
- 1 beaten egg
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
- ½ cup cold water
- Preheat oven to 350° F and grease cookie sheets.
- Combine dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal & *brown sugar) in large mixing bowl, then incorporate carrots, bananas, egg, oil, and water until well blended into workable dough.
- Flour your workspace and roll out dough to desired thickness.
- Place dog cookies on baking sheet and bake 35 minutes.
- After baking, turn oven off and leave cookies inside for another 30-45 minutes until crisp. This step is important to make sure your treats harden up, otherwise they will remain like soft cookies.
See the full recipe from 17 Apart here.