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15 Recipes For DIY Dog Treats That Are Healthy, Easy, And Super Delicious

by Stephanie Kaloi

My son and I recently started watching the newest season of Queer Eye (which we love, by the way), and we were completely smitten with Rahanna Gray, the woman who runs the Philadelphia-based mobile dog grooming company Stylish Pooch.

At one point in her episode, she and Antoni Porowski are making dog treats when one of them notes, “You should never feed your dog something you can’t eat yourself.”

This made me pause and examine what our dogs do and do not eat. Like a lot of dogs, they will happily stuff just about anything in their mouths … and like a lot of dog owners, we don’t want that to happen! I’ve never thought of making our own dog treats before, but after searching online I realized it actually doesn’t have to be that hard.

I started looking for different dog treat recipes and ended up finding so many that sound like they’re manageable that it made sense to share them. So without further ado, here are 15 DIY recipes for dog treats that you can make in your own kitchen, often with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

1. Basic Peanut Butter Dog Treats

I love this recipe from Puppy Leaks because it really is so simple. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter (or a peanut butter substitute)
  • 2 eggs
  • Up to ¼ cup water

And here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the flour, peanut butter, and eggs until they’re just barely combined.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. water at a time until the mixture can be rolled out as a dough.
  4. Roll out the dough and cut shapes into it.
  5. Bake on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes.

2. Flaxseed and Whole Wheat Dog Treats

This recipe for dog treats from Kitchen Confidante is definitely a great option because it’s super healthy. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ cup flaxseed
  • ½ to 1 cup broth
  • ¼ cup peanut butter

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Stir together the oats, flaxseed, and flour.
  3. Add ½ cup broth and the peanut butter.
  4. Mix, adding additional broth as needed.
  5. Form dough into a ball.
  6. Roll out dough to ¼-inch thick and cut into the shapes you want.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes (make sure you flip halfway through the cycle).

3. Sweet Potato Fries Dog Treats

Um, hello! I love sweet potato fries, and the idea of my dogs having their very own version is pretty, well, sweet. Beagles and Bargains has a great dog treat recipe for exactly that. You’ll need:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • Turmeric and cinnamon

And here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash and peel the sweet potato.
  3. Cut the sweet potato into fry-shaped slices.
  4. Coat each with oil and spices.
  5. Place fries on your baking sheet in a single layer.
  6. Bake 15 minutes.
  7. Flip the fries, and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Cheesy Bone Dog Treats

Like a lot of people (and dogs), I’m also a fan of cheese. Sugar the Golden Retriever has an excellent cheesy dog treat recipe up for grabs. You’ll need:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp. to ¼ cup oil
  • 1⅓ cups water

And here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour and cheese in a bowl.
  3. Add oil and water, adjusting your liquid until you have a stiff dough.
  4. Roll out and cut into your desired shape.
  5. Bake 2½ to 3 hours.

5. Diabetic Dog Treats

Sometimes, you have a dog who has extra dietary considerations. Luckily, it’s still really easy to make dog treats for diabetic dogs. Here’s a good option from Allrecipes. You’ll need:

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ pounds beef liver, cut into pieces

How you make the dog treats:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line your pan with parchment paper.
  3. Put the liver into your food processor and pulse until it’s chopped.
  4. Add the flour and eggs to the processor and blend.
  5. Spread mixture onto your pan.
  6. Back for 15 minutes, then remove and cut into rectangular pieces.
  7. Store in your refrigerator.

6. Salmon and Sweet Potato Dog Treats

If you want to mix it up for your pet, try this recipe for salmon and sweet potato dog treats from Kol’s Notes. Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 can salmon
  • 1 medium sweet potato, baked in the skin
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour
  • Coconut oil (to grease the pan)

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat your eggs until they’re fluffy.
  3. Add salmon and coconut flour.
  4. Let the mix rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the sweet potato from its skin and mash until it’s smooth.
  6. Add mashed sweet potato to the mixture.
  7. Press everything into your pan.
  8. Bake 60 to 70 minutes.
  9. Slice and serve!

7. Pumpkin-Blueberry-Bacon Dog Treats

Don’t these dog treats from Daisy the French Bulldog just sound like something your dog would love? The best part: They’re frozen pops! Here’s everything you’ll need to make them:

  • Canned pumpkin
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Cooked and crumbled bacon
  • Water
  • Rawhide sticks

And here are the steps:

  1. Combine the pumpkin, crumbled bacon, and water.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Put three or four blueberries at the bottom of your ice pop molds.
  4. Pour the mixture into the molds.
  5. Put one rawhide stick in each mold (or whatever kind of edible stick you prefer).
  6. Freeze for a few hours.
  7. Serve!

8. Donut Dog Treats

Did you know that donuts aren’t just for people? The donut dog treats from Sunny Day Family are sure to keep your favorite pooch happy. Here are the ingredients for the donuts:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs

And for the toppings:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Bacon bites

How you make them:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and coat your donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine all donut ingredients with a spoon or with your hands.
  3. Press the dough into your donut pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. After the donuts have cooled, top them with yogurt and bacon bits.

9. Pumpkin Ginger Dog Treats

Pumpkin is a great flavor and taste all year, but these dog treats from Taste of Home would be extra ideal in the autumn. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ cup pumpkin
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • ¼ to ½ cup water

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour and ginger.
  3. In a mixer, combine pumpkin, egg, and coconut oil.
  4. Add your flour mixture and mix it all until it’s crumbly.
  5. While mixing on low, add 1 tbsp. water at a time (you want your dough to come together without being sticky).
  6. Roll out your dough on a floured surface until it’s ¼ inch thick.
  7. Cut your dough with a cookie cutter.
  8. Bake for about 2½ hours.

10. Oat and Apple Pretzel Dog Treats

I definitely had to make sure I included a pretzel dog treat recipe since that’s what Rahanna and Antoni made in her episode of Queer Eye. This oat and apple pretzel recipe from The Cookie Rookie is pretty great. You will need:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

And here’s what you do:

  1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, oat flour, and rolled oats.
  3. Add all of your egg except for 1 tbsp. and stir until a dough forms.
  4. Take around 2 tbsp. of dough and roll it into a tube that is approximately 10 inches long.
  5. Fold your tubes into a pretzel shape.
  6. Put each pretzel on your baking tray and lightly brush with the remaining egg.
  7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

11. Watermelon Dog Treats

Watermelon is a great flavor for summer, and your dog will no doubt appreciate a refreshing bite of these dog treats from Bark and Biscuits. You’ll need:

  • 2 cups pureed seedless watermelon
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • A mold to make the treats in

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Put your mold on a baking tray.
  2. Put a piece of parsley in the bottom of each shape on the mold.
  3. Add a layer of Greek yogurt.
  4. Freeze for one hour.
  5. Fill the rest of the mold with the watermelon puree.
  6. Freeze at least 4 hours (overnight is best).

12. Chicken and Rice Dog Treats

When you think about dog food and dog treats, chicken and rice are pretty standard ingredients that spring to mind. So it makes sense that you could make your own dog treats with those ingredients. This recipe from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen is pretty great. You’ll need:

  • 6 oz. boneless chicken breast (grilled or boiled and cooled)
  • ½ cup cooked wild rice (cooled)
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg

How you make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine chicken, stock, and rice in a blender or processor and pulse until a paste forms.
  3. Put the paste into a bowl and add egg, flour, and salt. Mix.
  4. Turn out the dough on a floured surface and roll until it’s ½ inch thick.
  5. Cut out shapes and bake 25 to 30 minutes.

13. Cranberry Cookie Dog Treats

These dog treats are billed as a fun Valentine’s Day gift for your dog on Everyday Dog Mom, but you could really make them any time of the year. You’ll need these ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. coconut flour
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

How you make them:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Beat the eggs.
  3. Combine almond flour, oil, and dried cranberries.
  4. Add eggs and knead the mixture.
  5. Add coconut flour 1 tbsp. at a time.
  6. Roll out the dough and cut into shapes, if desired.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

14. Spinach, Carrot, and Zucchini Dog Treats

If you are into a super-healthy option for your dog, these veggie-heavy dog treats from Damn Delicious are ideal. The ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped

How you make them:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat your pumpkin puree, eggs, and peanut butter on medium-high for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the oats and 2½ cups of flour at low speed.
  4. Add more flour, ¼ cup at a time, until the dough is not sticky.
  5. Add carrots, zucchini, and spinach and beat until blended.
  6. Turn out the dough on a floured surface and knead until it comes together.
  7. Roll dough until it’s ¼ inch thick. Cut into shapes, if desired.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

15. Bacon and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

And finally, here are dog treats that have a bacon and peanut butter glaze on them, and holy cow, did you even know that’s a thing? We all have Pinch of Yum to thank. Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

For the glaze:

  • 2 tbsp. bacon grease or coconut oil
  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter

How you make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl.
  3. Add baking soda and whole wheat flour.
  4. Stir until you have a stiff dough, then turn it out on a floured surface.
  5. Roll out the dough.
  6. Bake 15 minutes.
  7. Whisk the glaze together until smooth and drizzle over the treats.