Store-bought treats are pricey! And since you love to bake, or maybe you’ve just watched a couple eps of The Great British Baking Show, why not cook up some homemade snacks for your beloved pet? Think about it: Baking your own dog treats means you control portions and preferences. Plus, you can make sure your pup eats only real food, instead of the processed ingredients most companies sneak into their treats. Check out the easy-to-follow recipes we’ve rounded up—Shadow will thank you (and probably want to lick the spoon) later.
5 Dog Treats You Can Bake at Home
Two-ingredient Dog Treats From Dog Milk
If you aren’t confident in your baking skills, start here. These dog treats require just two ingredients and about a half hour total. Also, we’ve got to be honest, your pup probably doesn’t care at all what homemade goodies look like, as long as they taste yummy. Freezing any leftover dough or treats is an option, too, setting you up for major success at the dog park in the weeks to come.
Vegan Birthday Cake From The Edgy Veg
Who doesn’t love a birthday celebration? This gluten-free and vegan cake will make your pup drool on his big day (as if he doesn’t drool otherwise). Made with applesauce, shredded carrot, pumpkin puree and peanut butter, this is a crowd pleaser. Plus, the oats and brown rice flour give the dish a protein boost and make digestion easier.
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Spinach, Carrot & Zucchini Dog Treats From Damn Delicious
As the name suggests, these treats are chock-full of vegetables. The site’s founder, Chungah Rhee, is the proud owner of two corgis, so she’s all about designing treats especially for pups. Investing in a bone-shaped cookie cutter before making this is a good idea, since nothing is cuter than a confetti-colored dog snack.
Watermelon Pupsicles From Grrfeisty
When things heat up, Roxy of Grrfeisty suggests making watermelon pupsicles for your dog. This is another great place to start if you have doubts about your baking abilities. The recipe calls for watermelon and coconut water, which isn’t very intimidating. In fact, you might decide to chow down with your pup when all is said and done (and frozen).
Chicken And Wild Rice Biscuits From Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
This recipe is a little more time-consuming, simply because you’ve got to cook up some chicken and wild rice before blending everything together. Prepare those ingredients a day in advance if you need to. After that, mixing and baking takes only about 40 minutes. The result is a savory treat your dogs will go crazy over.