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 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
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!)
- 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
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:
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!