It’s a fact—dogs love treats. And, as their owner (and best friend forever), you want to make sure you’re delivering the best treats possible.
So why not make them yourself?
Let’s take a look at some easy dog treats to make for your pup (and the recipes you’ll need to bring them to life):
Easy Dog Treats To Make For Your Dog
Pumpkin And Peanut Butter Treats
If you want to make a quick, easy treat for your pup—and with only three ingredients to boot—this recipe from vegan blogger It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken is going to be your new fave. 10 minutes to prep, 30 minutes in the oven, and boom—you’ve got enough pumpkin and peanut butter treats to keep your puppy happy for days.
To make these treats, you’ll need:
- 1 cup of oats (any kind of oats—old-fashioned, quick, or 1-minute—work just fine)
- ¼ cup of natural peanut butter
- ⅓ cup of pumpkin puree (make sure it’s pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling!)
Turn your oven on and preheat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the oats in a food processor and pulse until they’re a fine powder. And in the peanut butter and the pumpkin and blend until it forms a dough. (The dough will be a little sticky, but that’s totally fine!)
Remove the dough from the food processor and roll it out to a ¼” thickness on a lightly floured surface (you can use whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or extra oats to keep the dough from sticking to the counter). Cut out treats with a cookie cutter (a bone or puppy-shaped cookie cutter is extra cute!) and line up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the treats are hard. Let cool before giving to your pup (and store extras in an airtight container).
Two-Ingredient Baby Food Dog Treats
If you want something even simpler, these two-ingredient dog treats from Dog/Milk are as easy as it gets. All you need is:
- 2 cups of organic whole wheat flour
- 2 4oz jars of pureed baby food
For the second ingredient, you can go with sweet potato, blueberry, chicken—whatever flavor you think your pup will love!
Turn your oven on and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the two ingredients until it forms a dough (add extra flour if the dough is too wet or water if the dough is too dry). Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to a ¼” thickness and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter (or, if you want to keep it simple, use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares). Line up the treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool before giving to your pup and store extras in a paper bag (or, if you want the treats to be chewier, an airtight container).
Easy Peanut Butter Treats
If your dog is crazy about plain, old peanut butter, these Easy Peanut Butter treats from Puppy Leaks will get their tails wagging.
To make these treats, you’ll need:
- 2 cups of flour
- ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup of water
Turn your oven on and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the flour, peanut butter, and eggs to a large bowl and mix until combined. Add the water one tablespoon at a time until the mixture forms a dough. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼” thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out your desired shapes. Place your treats on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. If you want your treats to have a little bit of extra crunch, wait until the bottoms of the treat start to slightly darken before pulling the treats out of the oven.
Heart-shaped Chicken Treats
Does your pup want something on the savory side? These heart-shaped chicken treats from Kol’s Notes are a great way to get to your dog’s heart and stomach.
For ingredients, you’ll need:
- 1 cup of cooked, finely diced chicken
- ½ cup of rice (cooked and mashed into a paste)
- 3 tablespoons of rice flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of parsley
You’ll also need a silicone heart mold to shape and bake the treats. Or, if you want to go for a different shape, knock yourself out!
Turn your oven on and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all the ingredients until combined and spoon it into the heart-shaped silicone molds. Pop in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes (you’ll know they’re finished when the tops are golden brown). Allow to cool before removing from the molds and store in the refrigerator for up to five days (if your pup can’t get through them fast enough, you can store the treats in the freezer for up to three months).
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries are a favorite with humans – so why not make them for your pup with this recipe from Beagles and Bargains?
Turn your oven on and preheat to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and peel the sweet potato and cut it into large, thin pieces (like fries!). Mix in a large bowl with one tablespoon of coconut oil and a sprinkle of cinnamon for some added sweetness. Spread out the fries on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip over the fries and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes and let cool before giving to your pup.
Now, making homemade treats for your dog is sweet (pun intended!). But if you’re pressed for time—or if the last time you actually made something from scratch was with an Easy-Bake Oven—there’s nothing wrong with stocking your cabinets with ready-made dog treats!
There are tons of options, from soft-baked treats (like Bonfire Bites) to jerky treats (like the Roasted Duck NYC Jerky Chews) to freeze dried (like the Beef Tendersticks). Just look for the flavors and textures your pup will love. And if you want to tell theym they’re homemade, knock yourself out—your secret is safe with us!
If you want to make sure your pup has plenty of treats on hand—whether you’re in the mood to bake them or not—it’s time to subscribe to BarkBox. With BarkBox, you’ll get a carefully curated selection of toys, chews, and—you guessed it—treats (two bags!) delivered to your door every month. With so much yumminess packed into every BarkBox, it’s a treat for you and your dog!