Homemade treats are a great way to show your dog, and their stomach, some love. I’m sure you’ve tried giving your dog a few different treats and realized that some don’t “agree” with their tummy. Many packaged dog treats are made with chemicals and other preservatives that, while not necessarily harmful to your dog, can hard for them to digest, resulting in stomach pains. There are brands thats make limited ingredient dog treats, but wouldn’t it be more fun to cook for your dog?

Reasons Why Homemade Treats Are Better

1. They’re healthier
2. You know exactly what’s going into them
3. You can customize based on your dog’s preferences or size
4. It’s WAY cheaper than buying treats

Here are some recipes your dog won’t get enough of:

Frozen Apple Treats

2 Apples
1 Cup Greek Nonfat Plain Yogurt

1. Slice 2 apples into small pieces, removing seeds and core
2. Mix the apple slices, yogurt, and some water (how much is up to you) in your blender and blend until it is a liquid consistency.
3. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for a few hours or until completely frozen.

Banana-Peanut Butter Biscuits

1 Organic Egg
3/4 Cup Unsalted Peanut Butter
1/3 of an Organic Banana
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1. Pre-heat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Use a fork to mash the banana in a medium/large size bowl. Once mashed, add in the rest of the ingredients and mix together with a fork until blended. The batter consistency should be very thick and gooey – this will not resemble your normal treat dough.
3. Spoon out dime sized dollops onto your parchment paper and place in the oven for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn the pan and bake for another 5 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and let cool. These dog biscuits should last for approximately 5-7 days.

Raspberry-Watermelon Frosty Pops

Watermelon, Diced
1 Cup Greek Nonfat Plain Yogurt

1. Mix diced watermelon, a handful of raspberries and Greek yogurt in a blender and blend until it looks like a smoothie.
2. Pour the mix in a mold of your choice.
3. Freeze overnight and wake up to delicious treat.

Pumpkin-Carrot Bites

3/4 Cup Organic Pumpkin Pulp
1 Egg, Lightly Beaten
1/4 Cup Shredded Carrots
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Stir pumpkin, egg, carrots and flour in a large bowl until moistened.
3. Roll the batter into small balls and place on a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes.

Homemade dog treats should be refrigerated for a longer shelf life. Click here for more recipes!