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Natural Homemade Dog Treat Recipes Your Pup Will Love

Buying dog treats can be an adventure in list reading. You might find yourself picking up every bag in the store, searching the ingredients list for things pet owners are constantly cautioned against or encouraged to include. When it comes to treats, many dog owners go with the idea that the more natural the words on the list sound, the better an option they are for your dog. Instead of scouring the stores trying to find something that’s premade naturally, however, you might have an easier time putting your DIY skills to good use.

Check out these 13 natural dog treat recipes that are made with ingredients so good you might have a hard time not eating them yourself!

1. Cinnamon bun bites

Cinnamon bun bites

Besides being totally adorable because they look like little cinnamon buns, these treats Babble

are full of things your dog will love. You’ll need:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water or milk
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of light cream cheese
  • 1-2 tbsp of milk or water

2. Best of breed dog biscuits

Best of breed dog biscuits

King Arthur Flour teaches you how to make dog biscuits that are intended to be the absolute best for your dog’s health when it comes to natural ingredients. You’ll need:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of rolled oats (regular or quick)
  • 1 tbsp of dried parsley or 2 tbsp of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup of nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (crunchy or plain)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon of cold water

3. Homemade doggie treats

Homemade doggie treats

Are you looking for something that’s natural and good for your dog but that keeps things simple? Check out this recipe from The Ktchn! You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup of melted bacon fat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of cold water

4. Oatmeal and coconut oil dog treats

Oatmeal and coconut oil dog treats

A Cozy Kitchen shows you how to make delicious (and quite fragrant) dog treats that contain things even humans would benefit from eating. If it’s healthy and natural enough for you, it is for your pup too! You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (smooth works better than crunchy)
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 tbsp of virgin coconut oil (or olive oil, but coconut oil is particularly beneficial)
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour

5. Peanut butter pumpkin dog treats

Peanut butter pumpkin dog treats

My Baking Addiction combines two special human foods that your dogs probably go nuts for already: peanut butter and pumpkin! Does your dog actually prefer sweet potato, apple, or carrot? They’ve got variations for those too! You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of oats (if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup of grain-free flour)
  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
  • 3 tbsp of all natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon (optional)

6. Pureed baby food dog treats

Pureed baby food dog treats

Pureed baby good is healthy for and gentle on your baby’s tummy, so it only makes sense that it’s the same for your dog! Curbly shows you how to make a great dog treat using that as a primary ingredient. You’ll need:

  • 2 cups of 100% organic whole wheat flour (alternatives: wheat germ, spelt, rolled oats, or a mixture of these).
  • 2 (4oz) jars of pureed baby food (try beef, blueberry, sweet potato, or chicken.  Avoid purees with onions, onion powder, or artificial preservatives in them).

7. Homemade flax seed dog biscuits

Homemade falx seed dog biscuits

Flax seeds are an awesome, all natural organic ingredient that will keep your dog’s tummy satisfied, but also benefit their digestive process. White on Rice has an awesome flax seed recipe all ready for you to try! You’ll need:

  • 12 oz of whole wheat flour
  • 12oz of bread flour
  • 2 oz of wheat germ
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp of flax seed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3oz of powdered dry milk
  • 1 cup of water

8. Paw print dog treats

Paw print dog treats

This recipe by Martha Stewart is similar to many of the other ones on the list, but it still has its own unique flavour because it’s made with chicken stock. It also shows you how to imprint each biscuit like an adorable puppy paw! You’ll need:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour (plus more for biscuit surfaces)
  • 1/2 cup of wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup of brewer’s yeast
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 3 tbsp of canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock

9. Delicious doggie “pupcakes”

Delicious doggie "pupcakes"

First Home Love Life guides you through the process of making these adorable and completely healthy doggie cupcakes. Remind your family that they’re for the dog so they don’t eat them (though it wouldn’t hurt them if they did)! These are especially unique because they contain Greek yogurt. You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of organic whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of canola oil
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 container of of Greek yogurt with honey
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp of smooth peanut butter

10. Dog treat birthday candles

Dog treat birthday candles

If you’re a beloved pet owner then your doggie probably gets to celebrate their birthday just like everyone else in the family! A Subtle Revelry

shows you how to make edible candles

11. Chicken and wild rice dog treats

Chicken and wild rice dog treats

Would you rather feed your dog something with substance that comes from a source other than wheat or oats? Lola the Pitty understands that some dogs need alternatives, so they’ve developed a wild rice and chicken recipe. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of wild rice (mashed)
  • 1 cup chicken (diced fine or shredded)
  • 3 tbsp of rice flour
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley (diced)
  • 1 egg (beaten)

12. Nutty bacon dog treats

Nutty bacon dog treats

Everyone knows that dogs adore bacon just as much as some humans do! Dog Hill Kitchen shows you how to make a delicious doggie biscuit that treats your dog to a bit of bacon flavour whenever you think it’s time for a cookie. You’ll need:

  • 3 slices of bacon (diced)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp of water
  • 1/2 cup of soy flour
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup of wheat germ

13. Mint buckwheat dog biscuits

Mint buckwheat dog biscuits

Positively has the perfect recipe for your doggie if you’re looking for a way to treat them, but also to keep their breath fresh. These biscuits contain and smell like mint! You’ll need:

  • 1½ cups of buckwheat flour
  • 4 tbsp of fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp of fresh mint (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp of pure honey
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • water (approx. 1-3 tsp)

Do you know someone who loves making the healthiest food options they can find for their pooch? Share this post with them for a little bit of inspiration!