Yummy, Treats in My Tummy! How To Make Fresh and Healthy Dog Treats

Posted by Bonnie

Well ok, treats in our dogs’ tummies. Who doesn’t like giving their dogs treats, amIright? I can feel the gratitude from my dogs when they receive a treat – but all three of our dogs have struggled with weight gain after spay and neuter, and controlling what they eat is important to me. These guys are part of the family and we want to feed them like it. There are a lot of really great natural treats for dogs on the market right now but nothing is more fresh than something made in your own kitchen. We are fortunate in that our pets don’t have any allergies… but what if they did? I recently saw a call out from a local pet rescue requesting donations of treats to sell at a bake sale and wanted to contribute. It was important to me to donate products that people could feel confident feeding their pets by avoiding the use of wheat and making some free of dairy as well – Both very common allergies in dogs of all sizes and breeds.

A wooden plate with made from scratch gluten free dog treats on it
from top left clockwise: peanut butter pumpkin, apple cheddar ginger, carob cranberry pumpkin, cheesy pineapple, cheddar bacon

For this bake sale, I tried out four new recipes (which I found on a fantastic website that has almost too many to choose from): Peanut butter pumpkin, cheddar bacon, cheesy pineapple, and carob cranberry pumpkin. Follow the links or check out the recipes below…

Cheesy Pineapple:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup drained pineapple (reserve the juice)
  • 1/4 cup of reserved pineapple juice
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp ginger

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
3. Knead dough into ball and roll onto the parchment paper or silicone baking mat 1/4 inch thick and take a straight edge and cut the dough horizontally and then vertically to make a grid (I used a pizza cutter).
4. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until browned at the edges. Turn off oven and open door slightly, allow the treats to harden in the cooling oven.
5. Cut into pieces and refrigerate.

Sophie the black labrador licking her lips while looking at dog treats in the oven

Peanut Butter Pumpkin

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tablespoon Molasses
  • 1 cup Brown Rice Flour
  • pinch Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition.
3. Once dough is well mixed roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place them a inch apart onto the prepared baking sheet. Press down on the tops with a fork to flatten.
5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, turn off oven and allow to cool inside with door slightly open. Refrigerate.
Makes 1 to 2 dozen rounds

Made from scratch gluten free dog treats that look like peanut butter cookies

Cheddar Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Bacon, cooked crisply and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried Parsley
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Brown Rice Flour

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition.
3. Once well mixed, Fill a cookie scoop 1/4 full and drop dough on to prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until browned at the edges.
Cool and refrigerate.
Makes 3 to 4 dozen treats

cheddar and bacon homemade dog treats

Carob Cranberry Pumpkin

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Carob Chips
  • 1/4 cup dried Cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons Molasses
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Brown Rice Flour

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a large bowl mix all ingredient until well combined.
3. Once dough is well mixed roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place them a inch apart onto the prepared baking sheet. Press down on the tops to flatten.
4. Bake for 10 minutes, open door and turn off the over. All the treats to cool inside. Refrigerate.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen rounds

carob cranberry and pumpkin homemade dog treats on a baking sheet

Step away from the milkbones or super expensive ‘natural’ trats at the pet store and give one of these recipes a try – your dog and your wallet will thank you!

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