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Easy AND Healthy DIY Treats

A beautiful dog looking longingly toward the homemade treat on the counter.

As a pet owner, you want to make sure that you're giving your furry friend the best treats possible. In a previous blog post: Getting the right treats for your fur baby, we shared information about what to look for in quality dog treats and what ingredients to avoid. Now, let's talk about Easy AND Healthy DIY Treats that are affordable ways to provide your dog with delicious and high-quality rewards without breaking the bank.

Personally, I prefer making my own dog treats instead of buying them. This gives me full control over the ingredients used and allows me to customize the portion size as well. Homemade treats come with several benefits, including knowing exactly what goes into them, being able to adjust portion size, filling your kitchen with a delightful aroma, honing your baking skills, treating your dog with something special, having a stock of training treats at hand, and enjoying the therapeutic effects of baking.

Making your own dog treats is easier than you might think. You can use simple, one-ingredient recipes or opt for multiple-ingredient recipes that require five items or less. These treats are much better than store-bought ones that contain a long list of unpronounceable ingredients.

You can easily make frozen treats using ice-cube trays or silicone molds. Just blend up some dog-safe fruits, veggies, broth, fish oils, or probiotics such as Greek yogurt, goat's milk, or Kiefer.

To find recipe ideas, check out the links below:

These simple dog treat recipes are easy to follow, even for novice cooks. And, even if your treats don't turn out as pretty as they do in the photos, your dog will still think they're the best treats in the world.

A plate of homemade dog treats.

A Great Starter List For Easy AND Healthy DIY Treats

1. Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Treats / Puppy Leaks

Does your dog love peanut butter as much as mine does? If so you can’t go wrong with this simple dog treat recipe — it’s a staple in my house. You’ll need 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup peanut butter and 2 eggs. Mix the ingredients together until combined, and then add water until it becomes wet enough to roll out as dough. This is my go to recipe; my dog goes absolutely nuts for them.

2. Chicken Dog Treats / Kol’s Notes

Laika loves chicken, and these homemade dog treats make her go insane — just a fair warning. You’ll need a cup of diced chicken, half cup of cooked rice, 3 tablespoons of rice flour, tablespoon of parsley, and one egg. If you don’t have chicken on hand you can dice up your pups favorite meat for this simple

Five ingredients, 20-30 minute cook time.

3. Easy Two-Ingredient Dog Treats / Dog-Milk

This homemade dog treat recipe is perfect for novice cooks (myself included). If you’re interested in making some super simple dog treats I’d recommend starting out with this easy recipe. The only ingredients you need are 2 cups of organic whole wheat flour and 2 jars of pureed baby food. For the baby food I’ve found Laika loves blueberry, beef and sweet potato.

Two ingredient dog treats: 20-25 minute cook time.

4. Homemade Dog Biscuits / Kitchen Confidante

These homemade dog biscuits made with five ingredients are one of my favorites. You’ll need whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseed, beef broth, and peanut butter. If you don’t have any fun cookie cutters you can use my living like a bachelor method; use the tops of your shot glasses.Five ingredients, 20 minute cook time

5. Sweet Potato Fries for Dogs / Beagles and Bargains

We all need our veggies, and luckily sweet potato seems to be quite popular with our canine friends. For this homemade dog treat recipe you’ll need a sweet potato, coconut oil, cinnamon, and turmeric. These are a great way for both you and your pup to get in some of your daily vegetable servings – they’re delicious.

Four ingredients, 30 minute cook time.

7. Cheesy Bone Treats

These homemade dog treats will make your kitchen smell awesome; good lucking keeping your dog out of the kitchen while making these. You’ll need four cups of flour, two cups of shredded cheese, some oil, and water – just that simple.

4 ingredients 20 minute cook time

8. Apple Cinnamon Dog Treats

If you want to impress your dog try out this simple dog treat treat recipe. It’s another one that smells awesome so expect some excitement in the kitchen while you’re cooking these. You’ll need one cup of dry quick cook oatmeal, half cup of apple sauce, and one egg.

Three ingredients, 22 minute cook time.

10. Ginger Apple Dog Treats

This homemade dog treat recipe is another great option for our canine companions that have grain allergies. You’ll need one cup of brown rice flour, one cup of diced apple, two thirds cup plain yogurt, half teaspoon ginger, and one tablespoon of coconut oil. These ones are not only simply but they’re quick – cooking time is only 25 minutes.

11. Apple Carrot Dog Treats

For this recipe you’ll need a cup of whole wheat flour, one cup of grated carrots, one egg, and a half cup of apple sauce.

Four ingredients, 30-40 minute bake time.

12. Diabetic Dog Treats Recipe / All Recipes

When you’ve got a diabetic dog it can be hard to find suitable dog treat recipes. This one is super easy to prepare takes only 15 minutes to cook. You’ll need a half cup of whole wheat flour (watch for gluten levels), two eggs, and one a half pounds of beef liver cut into small pieces.

Three ingredients, 15 minute bake time.

5. Banana Almond Puppy Treats Recipe

This a great soft dog treat recipe for puppies and grown dogs alike. And just so you know the smells in your kitchen will be amazing when making these. You’ll need one egg, three fourths cup unsalted almond butter, one third of a banana, and a teaspoon of cinnamon.Four ingredients, 10 minute bake time.

6. Simple Pumpkin Cookies / My GBGV Life

If you’ve never made pumpkin dogs treats before this is a great recipe to start with. These treats are delicious and easy to prepare. You’ll need one egg, 2/3 cup pure canned pumpkin, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 & 1/2 cups of flour.

Four ingredients, 4o minute bake time.

7. Salmon & Sweet Potato Dog Treats / Kol’s Notes

These homemade dog treats are perfect for training because they’re soft, making them easy to break into small bite sized pieces. They’re also great for older dogs who don’t love super crunchy treats. You’ll need one can of salmon, one medium sweet potato, two eggs, one third cup coconut flour, and coconut oil for greasing the pan.

Five ingredients, 60-70 minute bake time.

8. Heart Shaped Cranberry Cookies / The Lazy Pitbull

These dog cookies are super cute (especially with heart shaped cookie cutters) and they’re easy to make. For this recipe you’ll need 2 eggs, 1.5 cups wheat flour, 1 tbsp. coconut oil, 3 tbsp. coconut flour and a 1/2 cup of dried cranberries.

five ingredients, 15-20 minute bake time.

9. Pumpkin-Blueberry-Bacon Pupsicles / Daisy the French Bulldog

This easy dog treat recipe is the perfect summer treat for your pooch. and they’re super cute. Oh yeah, and the best part is there’s no baking involved –they just need a couple of hours to freeze. You’ll need 1 can of pumpkin, 1 strip of bacon, 1 cup water, blueberries, and a package of rawhide sticks (for the “handle”).

Four ingredients + water, ready when frozen in a couple hours.

Three Dogs highly engaged and looking toward a treat off camera.

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