3 recipes for homemade dog treats

Sunrise Senior Living  |  September 1, 2016
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Stop buying dog treats for your pooch - make these homemade biscuits instead!

You love spoiling the family dogs with treats. But have you considered making them from scratch? It's a creative, cost-efficient and health-conscious option. Instead of feeding the pups biscuits with additives, fillers and preservatives, you can make them snacks with all natural ingredients.

Bake up these three healthy treats for the pets in your family:

1. Basic Dog Biscuits
This recipe from Cesar Millan Inc. makes the perfect simple dog biscuit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. beef or chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 1/2 whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • Optional: oats, shredded cheese and bacon bits

Directions:

First, heat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, dissolve the bouillon granules in hot water. Stir and gradually sift in the whole wheat flour. Add the salt and egg. Fold in optional ingredients if desired. Transfer dough to a lightly-floured surface and knead until a ball forms - this should take about 3 minutes.

Roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into small bite-size pieces or use a dog bone cookie cutter. Place onto prepared cookie sheet, then bake for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool on wire racks.

2. Izzy's Apple-Cheddar Dog Biscuits
Your dog will love the taste of these apple-cheddar biscuits from Martha Stewart Living.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups barley flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. water

Directions:

First, heat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Using a large bowl, mix barley flour, old-fashioned oats, cheddar and Parmesan. Then, add applesauce, olive oil and water, combining to form the dough ball. Transfer dough to a lightly-floured surface and roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut biscuits using a 3 1/2-inch bone-shaped cookie cutter.

Place biscuits an inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Set in the oven and cook until browned and firm - this should take about 30 minutes.

Transfer treats to a wire rack to set, then place in the refrigerator to cool completely overnight. Place dog snacks in an airtight container and serve them to your pooch for up to two weeks.

3. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats
This recipe from food blog My Baking Addiction makes healthy treats for your pooch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour – can be substituted with brown rice flour or gluten-free flour
  • 3 Tbsp. all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

First, heat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cooking sheet with parchment paper and non-stick cooking spray.

Using a small bowl, stir the flour, oats and cinnamon together.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the pumpkin and peanut butter until fully combined. Gradually mix wet ingredients into dry.

Turn mixture out onto a lightly-floured surface and knead until dough ball forms. Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness, then cut pieces with the dog-shaped cookie cutter.

Put treats on the prepared baking sheet, transfer to the oven and cook until golden brown - this should take about 30 minutes.

Place on cooling racks to cool completely before handing out to your pups!