Easy Homemade Pet Treats 26

Homemade Dog Treats

I have a super fun collaborative post with Rover.com to share with you, so sit tight and join me for some fun easy homemade dog treats that you can make and give to your dog-friends. 🙂

The holidays are a time for family, inspiration, and creativity. If you’re anything like the Dog People at Rover.com, involving the family pet in festivities is a given. They’ve worked with 12 DIY bloggers to bring you a different daily craft for 12 days, for YOU to try at home. So deck the paws and count down to a furry Christmas with us!

On the Sixth Day of DIY, your fur love did receive a No Sew DIY Dog Sweater over on No Sew DIY Dog Sweater

On the Seventh Day of DIY, your fur love will receive: No Sew DIY Dog Sweater

Today, I am going to share with you TWO super easy, simple dog treat recipes that you can make for your fur-babies at home or you can whip up a batch to take to your friends place.  First off, let me just say that I don’t like to give my dogs any chemicals or crappy quality food and dog treats.  In fact, I’ve actually cut back considerably just how many treats the boys get in the last couple of years.  But sometimes, sometimes the best dog treats are those that come out of your own kitchen, just like the two recipes I’m about to share with you today.

Peanut butter dog treats

Homemade Dog TreatsThree ingredients – that’s it!

Preheat oven to 350F
Prep time: 20 minutes maximum
Baking time: 20 minutes (varies with different ovens, but give or take 20 minutes and you’re golden!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour (I used oat flour – super easy to make, too. Just put some oats in the food processor and voila, simple inexpensive oat flour)
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 2 eggs

Homemade Dog TreatsAdd additional water by the tablespoon to mix into a dough consistency. Roll out flat and grab some cookie cutters.

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Place cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes at 350F.Sounds easy, right? That’s because it is!

homemade dog treatsHere’s what the final product looks like:homemade dog treats

These treats were super easy to make and I just grabbed some sealable jars, make some gift tags and voila, your gift is done!Sweet potato dog treatsThis recipe, if you can believe it, is actually easier than the peanut butter treats. I also love this recipe, too, because Charlie and Baxter go nuts for anything sweet potato.Preheat oven to 175F (nope, that’s not a typo, you want the oven real low or at its lowest temperature)

Prep time: 20 minutes maximum
Baking time: 4 to 8 hours (by cooking it at a low temperature, you slowly cook and almost dehydrate the sweet potatoes.  The higher the heat setting, the less amount of time it will take to cook, though the lower the temperature and longer the time, the overall outcome will be best.)

What you need:

  • sweet potatoes
  • a mandolin or a very sharp knife

Full disclosure, I’m not allowed to touch the mandolin because I would no doubt cut the palm of my hand off.  No matter what I’m doing in the kitchen, I cut and burn myself all the time and adding in some cool device where I slide my hand down just above the blade, you just KNOW I would somehow injure myself.  (I’m SO clumsy!)  So for these dog treats, my husband helped out and I thank him greatly.  Charlie thanks him, too.  (Charlie’s fave treat in the whole wide world)

What to do:

Preheat oven (of course) and slice off one top of sweet potato so as to create a flat surface on the sweet potato that makes it easier for cutting.  Place this flat part down on to the cutting board OR alternatively, whip out your mandolin and slice away, cutting length-wise pieces.  But please be careful.  I take no responsibility if you hurt yourself. Make them as thick or thin as you’d like but take note of your thickness and be mindful of the length of time they are in the oven.

This was my very first time making these and I’m glad I did because a few years back, we used to buy identical sweet potato from the pet store and now I’m making my very own for a fraction of the cost.

Make sure you grease your pan slightly so nothing sticks or burns (I used coconut oil).  Place your pan on the top rack in the oven and walk away and let it do its thang’.

This is what they look like after about 8 hours in the oven:

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Be careful! I was barely allowed this close to my husband as he used the madoline.

Sweet potato treatsVoila, thin slices of sweet potato.

Sweet potato treatsLay them on a grease up pan and pop into the oven for 8 hours at 175F and you’re done.

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Done, after 8 hours in the oven.  The texture is like a crispy chip.

homemade dog treatsThey’re a bit of a hit in our house.  See ^

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Both of these dog treat recipes are Charlie and Baxter approved.  They both sat in the kitchen waiting for them to finish cooking and now that they know there are some in the house, I’ll catch them hanging out in the kitchen and lingering near their food cupboard, trying to weasel in a treat before dinner.

And just for fun, here are some photos of Baxter anxiously awaiting for the sweet potatoes and cookies to finish baking… LOL!

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  • I love the idea of making homemade dog treats but I don’t know if I have the patience! The sweet potato chips look tasty and in the glass container they make such a cute gift. My dog likes anything, especially peanut butter!

  • How cute are these?? If I had a dog I’d totally make these! I hope to have one someday so I’ll have to save this post for future reference! Your boys sure look like they love them too! <3

  • Kim Munoz

    Love how easy these are. People think Im crazy when I tell them its easier and cheaper to just make your own dog treats! And this way you know exactly whats in them too! Im going to have to put these on my baking list for the week 🙂

  • What a great idea for a dog lover!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Aw, what a fun idea! My dog’s birthday is this coming Saturday actually and I think she’d LOVE the peanut butter treats.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  • Oh my god…these look delicious and now Buster has requested I make them for him, too 🙂 thanks for sharing…what a thoughtful gift for any dog mommy or daddy!

    also I love Rover.com—they are great people! Xoxo and I am obsessed with your pup pics! They always make me smile 🙂

  • How cute and easy!

  • Emma

    Love the idea for making oat flour as if you buy it, it is kind of expensive.

  • These are so cute! I love anything with peanut butter or sweet potato – and so does Ruby! We participated in the DIY 12 Days of Pet Gifts, too!

  • Hope you are having a great week, my sweet pea! Just stopping in to let you know I’m thinking about you and sending rays of sunshine your way <3

  • Cathy C Bennett

    I’ve been using coconut flour (expensive) so I think I’ll try your oat flour concept. Sweet potato chips are the easiest and tastiest. Not sure why they cost so much in the store. I use parchment paper instead of oil, it’s less for me to clean up LOL

  • We just made the sweet potato treats this week too! I use our dehydrator instead of the oven. Our dog Ginger is allergic to eggs and so many other things, the sweet potato are a great treat for her and our dogs love them!

  • Britt K

    Sweet Potatoes are a HUGE hit in our house, and they fit with Dav’s crazy limited diet
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

  • Out of the two recipes, the sweet potatoes are the easiest. Cut, put on a tray and walk away. They make a great gift or for your own pups. 🙂

  • I’ve been mulling over making a cat treat recipe but I’m unsure if it can actually be done. If I do, I’ll pass it along to you for your feline friends. 🙂

  • I thought so, and for my pups, they benefit too because they’re quality control. lol!

  • I hope you celebrated your girls birthday. Baxter turns 10(!!) in January so we’ll be celebrating his day soon, too. 🙂

  • Make the sweet potato treats, they’re the easiest. 🙂 and Baxter and Charlie approved, too, of course. 🙂

    🙂 thanks love. Xoxox!

  • They are super easy and a hit with the boys! 🙂

  • Both recipes are super easy but the sweet potato one is the easier of the two albeit they’re in the oven longer. Regardless, both are hits with Charlie and Baxter. 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday Kristin. 🙂

  • Hey sweetie,
    Been unplugged and just trying to enjoy some downtime, but all is good. Hope all is good with you babe. xoxox

  • I would’ve used coconut flour or almond as an alternative, too, but you’re right they’re except. Making your own oat flour is cheaper and easy as pie.
    The sweet potato chips especially are by far a fave for Charlie and Baxter. 🙂

    I use parchment for everything! Less mess, agree. I even put aluminum foil down on tray to bake bacon and it’s far less mess than grease everywhere. 🙂

  • Sweet potatoes are tasty but a good vegetable for them. As an alternate, I’d substitute pumpkin, which is also good for the digestive system.

    Hope you’re enjoying the holidays Britt. 🙂

  • People think it’s a lot of work and effort but it really is so simple and so much cheaper than store bought crap with god knows what preservatives in them.

    Hope you’re enjoying the holidays love. xoxoxox!

  • It’s so simple and much more inexpensive than buying it in store. 🙂

  • If I had a dehydrator, I’d definitely use that to make their sweet potato treats and others, but this works as an alternative. I’ve made both crunchy and chewy (less time in the oven) and the dogs love both options. Of course. 😉

    It’s incredible the allergies that dogs can get just like us eh? You just be so careful with anything you contemplate giving no your girl without going over the list of ingredients with a fine tooth comb. But better that than the alternative.