Let’s face it, dog treats can get pretty expensive and many of us (myself included) have dogs that deal with sensitivities or allergies to certain foods.
I began making homemade dog treats a couple years ago; and while I’m a big fan of making treats from scratch, I’m not a big fan of slaving over complicated recipes. All of the recipes you’ll find below are simple, grain-free and easily modified!
It’s almost as if our pups realize when I’m making a treat for them versus myself – they’ll be patiently eyeing me from start to finish! Plus, it’s a fun activity and once you have a couple base recipes, you can start modifying and creating your own version of treats.
This first idea is the perfect treat for a hot day – and who knows, your pup might even share this one with you!
1) Frozen Pupsicles
Ingredients: ¼ cup peanut butter (unsalted/no sugar added) ½ cup plain yogurt (I used 2% Greek) 1 ripe banana 1 teaspoon ground flax seed (optional) Splash of unsweetened almond milk
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays or small bowls (I used Kong ice cube trays & the Bonz mini silicon tray) Freeze until solid. Remove from freezer 5-10 minutes before serving to soften. (recipe via Sarah Lukemire - lolathepitty.com)
3) Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits I call these after dinner mints! The parsley and mint in these treats is great for helping with bad doggy breath. Plus, the entire batch fits on one cookie sheet for quick prep and cleanup! *View recipe for Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits
4) Small Batch Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits Simple, small batch Peanut Butter Banana + Flax Seed Dog Biscuits! This recipe is a breeze to pull together and is a nutritious snack for your dog. *View recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Dog Biscuits
5) Puppy Power Smoothies Made with four simple ingredients, these Puppy Power Smoothies are filled with vitamins, antioxidants and protein. Plus, parsley will help with any bad breath your dog may have! *View recipe for Puppy Power Smoothies.
We hope your pups enjoy these as much as we did! XO, Lola and Rio