We all love to spoil our pups, especially with food and snacks, but there are some questionable ingredients and a plethora of additives in many store-bought dog treats. Sometimes it’s the simplest recipes that are the best, so here are five recipes with different star ingredients to prove that!
#1 Chicken Broth
The simplest of all the treats is chicken broth “pupsicles”. All you need to make them is a mold, such as silicone treat molds or a regular old ice cube tray, and chicken broth. No mixing or baking here! Make sure that you use a low or no sodium chicken broth that does not have garlic, onion or any other ingredients that are bad for pups. Just water the broth down a bit to your liking, pour it in the molds, and wait!
#2 Peanut Butter
Every dog loves peanut butter, right? These dog biscuits from Love From The Oven contain only flour (whole wheat if you prefer,) peanut butter, eggs and water. Just mix them together and bake at 350 F! Easy enough. https://www.lovefromtheoven.com/peanut-butter-dog-treats/
#3 Bananas (And More Peanut Butter)
I’m sorry if you have something against peanut butter, but I’ve never met a dog who did, so the next recipe, or lack thereof, is another peanut butter one! One of my dogs is very picky and when I gave him a piece of fresh banana he spit it right out. I was able to trick him into eating bananas and getting an extra dose of fiber and nutrients with these treats. All you’ve got to do is mix peanut butter and ripe bananas and freeze them. I made them in my silicone molds, but again an ice cube tray will do the trick. Just about ½ cup of peanut butter and 3 bananas worked for me, but an extra banana or a little more peanut butter will not hurt the recipe.
Before researching for this article, I wouldn’t have thought dogs would love pumpkin so much, but I also never expected to see my cat eat several sliced olives off a pizza either, and that happens more than you’d expect. There are a ridiculous amount of dog treat recipes with pumpkin as the main ingredient or as a supporting ingredient. I personally think this no bake dog treat recipe from Damn Delicious looks, well, pretty damn delicious if I don’t say so myself! https://damndelicious.net/2015/03/11/no-bake-peanut-butter-dog-treats/
#5 Apples AND Carrots
If you love baking this next recipe is for you! With apples, carrots, applesauce, and rye flour I think it’s probably the most nutritious on this list. If someone comes over they may be disappointed the smell wafting from the oven isn’t for them. Maybe it could be though… Head over to The Recipe Depository if you’re up for a a little bit of a challenge and make these healthy treats. https://www.therecipedepository.com/recipe/2363/homemade-apple-and-carrot-dog-treats
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