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  • Cheryl Cole

6 of the best homemade dog treats to make for your pup

Running out of baking inspo? Treat your pup with these easy-to-make recipes guaranteed to get their tail wagging.

With a lot more time indoors lately, many of us have been inspired to spend hours whipping up delicious treats in the kitchen.


Instagram has been flooded with picture-perfect baked treats and it seems like everyone tried their hand at some homemade banana bread at least once during lockdown.


But as things slowly return to normality, you may have lost some baking inspiration.


That’s why we’ve put together 6 easy recipes with a twist - these are all for your pup to enjoy.


Check out these simple homemade dog treats that are sure to get those little tails wagging - after all, they’ve been by your side all this time so they deserve a treat!



1. Frozen Berry Dog Treats


With weather hotting up in Vancouver, this is a great treat for your pup on a hot summer day.


All you need is a selection of berries, yoghurt, honey and some instant Goat’s Milk, which you can grab from Honest Kitchen.


Ingredients:

1 cup Assorted Berries Frozen or Fresh

1 cup Yogurt Plain

1 tablespoon Honey (optional)

1 tablespoon The Honest Kitchen's Instant Goat's Milk


To make these tasty treats, all you have to do is mix, pour and freeze—it doesn’t get much easier than that!


Check out the full recipe here.


2. Doggy Donuts

A simple recipe that makes for some beautiful treats designed just for your pup. All you need is flour, oats, coconut oil, peanut butter and eggs. For the coconut oil, we like to keep it local by using some DME Coconut Oil from Alpha Health.


Ingredients:

1 cup Flour

1 cup Oats

1/3 cup Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Peanut Butter

2 Eggs

For the topping:

Greek Yogurt

Bacon Bits


Check out the full recipe here.


3. Dry Food Treats

Why not make something a little more exciting using dog food your already have? Here's a great recipe for either canned or dried dog food.


Ingredients:

Dog food, canned or dried

Using Dry Food:

- In a blender, add 2 cups of dry food (we like to use Gather Pet Food from Petcurean) and grind into a powder.

- Pour powder into a mixing bowl and gradually add about 1 to 1¼ cups of water, stirring until it forms a dough consistency.

- Shape into individual "treats" or "cookies" and flatten the dough using the back of a spoon (the cookies will not flatten like standard "people cookies" do.)

- Place treats on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until crispy.

- Store baked treats in the refrigerator and discard leftovers after 5-7 days.


Using Canned Food:

- Open the can and shake the loaf of food out of the can. (We like to use the Salmon Canned Dog Food by Pet Kind.)

- Cut the loaf into 1/4" thick slices, and then cut the slices into bite-sized pieces.

- Bake the treats in a microwave oven on high for approximately 2½ to 3 minutes.

- Store baked treats in the refrigerator and discard leftovers after 5-7 days.

- Do not freeze homemade treats.


Check out the full recipe here.


4. Strawberry & Apple Frozen Dog Treats


This delicious summer treat is doubly good as not only will your dog love it, but you can try the leftovers!


Ingredients:

8 Strawberries Stalks removed

1 Apple Peeled, cored and chopped

1-2 tbsp Peanut Butter Make sure it doesn't contain Xylitol as that is poisonous to dogs

1 Splash of water

1 Silicon ice cube tray

Check out the full recipe here.

5. Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Dog Treats


These creamy and delicious treats are sure to go down well with any pup, and they only have 3 ingredients!

Ingredients:

1 cup all-natural peanut butter

1 teaspoon unprocessed coconut oil

1 teaspoon cinnamon

silicon paw print tray


Check out the full recipe here.


6. DIY 3-Ingredient Vegan Dog Treats


This is an great recipe for dogs with grain allergies. All you need for an easy vegan dog treat is some oat or rice flour, peanut butter, and a couple of bananas!

1 cup Oat or Rice Flour, any works

2 ripe Bananas, mashed

1/4 cup Peanut Butter, smooth (unsweetened)


Check out the full recipe here.

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