Set aside some time for meal prep for your pup and you’ll save yourself money and be able to provide higher-quality, made-with-love treats for your bestie. These natural recipes are clear of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and added sugars or unhealthy fats – and they’re easy to make. Needless to say, you’ll both approve. Make them this weekend and thank yourself later.
One-bowl Peanut Butter Bacon Biscuits by Sally’s Baking Addiction
These savoury, protein-rich biscuits are loaded with peanut butter and bites of chopped bacon. They’re irresistible for dogs who go nuts for bacon (so, a training secret weapon). The choice of cookie cutter is up to you – make them as big or small as you see fit.
1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup nonfat milk
1 large egg (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 T baking powder
1/3 cup oats
2-3 strips cooked bacon, chopped
- Preheat oven to 325°F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a big bowl, mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together. Add the flour and baking powder. If you want, turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and work in the flour with your hands. Mix in the oats and bacon. Dough will be thick.
- On a floured surface, with a floured rolling pin, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter and set on cookie sheets. Bake 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. Then remove from the oven and flip the treats to bake the other side, 10-12 more minutes.
- Let cool completely before serving. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
3-ingredient Pupsicles by Martha Stewart
If your pup gets hot in the summer, having a batch of these pupsicles on hand can help. The added healthy-fat-rich natural peanut butter and calcium-rich yogurt will keep your dogs bones strong during the active summer season. Plus: They couldn’t be easier to make.
1 cup plain yogurt
4 T organic peanut butter
Puree the banana, yogurt, and peanut butter in a blender for 30 seconds or so, until it’s a thick, liquid consistency. Pour mixture into a popsicle mold or ice-cube tray and place in freezer overnight.
Salmon Sweet Potato Dog Treats by Genius Kitchen
Naturally sweetened and thickened with fibre-rich sweet potato, these thin, crunchy biscuits are great digestive supports for your pup. The fresh parsley will also help keep your dog’s breath fresh.
1 (14 3/4 ounce) can wild caught Alaskan pink salmon, drained
1 medium sweet potato, steamed, peeled and mashed
3 cups chickpea flour, plus extra for rolling
2 large eggs
3 T fresh parsley, chopped
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend to combine. Transfer dough into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Transfer dough to a floured surface. Using the rolling pin, roll the dough out until it is about 1/8 inch thick, turning dough and flipping it over while continuing to lightly dust with flour, to insure even thickness. Using desired cookie cutter shape(s), start cutting.
- Place biscuits on cookie sheets and bake for 30 minutes or until biscuits are crisp and centers are hard. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool. Store in airtight container for up to a week.
Salmon Brittle by Gone to the Snow Dogs
A simple dough of canned salmon, flour and eggs combines to make bite-sized dog treats you can have on hand. Fish-loving dogs will be all over you as you make these.
1 (14 3/4 ounce) can wild caught Alaskan pink salmon, undrained
2 cups all purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together entire can of salmon (including water) with two forks.
- Add flour and eggs and mix to combine.
- Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Turn dough onto the cookie sheet and flatten with the back of a spoon. The thinner the dough, the crunchier the treats will turn out.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
- If your treats are thick, use two spatulas and flip the dough over and bake for another 15 – 20 minutes to help dry them out.
- When cooked, move dough to a cooling rack and let it cool. Once cooled, cut or break apart into bite-sized treats. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Vegan Banana Flax Cookies by Healthy Slow Cooking
With ground flax seed, oats, banana and cinnamon, you can make these vegan cookies with ingredients you likely already have in the pantry. They’re a sweet, light bite when you need your dog to obey.
2 T ground flax seed
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 t cinnamon
¼ t salt
⅓ cup melted coconut oil
1 banana, mashed
¼ cup water
- Grease a large cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the flax seed, oats, flour, cinnamon and salt to a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
- Add in the coconut oil and banana and mix in well. Then add ¼ cup water. The dough will be thick. You may need to add some extra water to get it to come together.
- Measure 1 tablespoon of dough and flatten on the cookie sheet using the back of a wooden spoon. Repeat until you use up all the dough.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool. Store in airtight container for up to a week.