Homemade Dog Treat Recipes
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Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Today I wanted to share some of my fur-kids favourite treats.  In keeping with “going back to basics”, making a special treat for my dogs that is healthy is something I wanted to try.  I know what’s in it, I know it’s good for them, and best of all, it’s super easy!

 

Molasses Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Molasses Homemade Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups oats
  • 2 cups rice flour

Process:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the oats and rice flour
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining wet ingredients
  3. Slowly combine the wet mix into your dry ingredients
  4. Roll out and cut into shapes (or place a spoonful onto a tray and press lightly).  Place onto a lined baking tray.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180°C (timing may vary depending on your oven)
  6. They will keep for around 2 weeks in an airtight container or they can be frozen and will last a few months.

 

Fresh Breath Cookies

Homemade Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups rice flour
  • ½ cup fresh parsley (chopped finely)
  • ½ cup fresh mint (chopped finely)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¹/₃ cup milk

Process:

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl then mix in wet ingredients until a dough forms
  2. Roll out and cut into shapes (or place a spoonful onto a tray and press lightly).  Place onto a lined baking tray
  3. Bake for 20 minutes at 180°C (time may vary depending on your oven).

 

 

Pet Cookbook for all your pet needs

 

For Christmas this year my mum got me “Pet Cookbook” by Kim McCosker (author of the 4 ingredients cookbooks).  It is fantastic!  If you have pets, I recommend you pop down to your local library and borrow this book for a great read.

Even though I’m pretty up on what to feed my boys (my little –or not so little- fur kids), it did give a few extra ideas on some pretty tasty treats that I wanted to try.  Best of all, they’re not hard to make, nor too time consuming.  As much as I love my boys, I’m still time poor so easy, simple treats are what I like.  This book has tonnes of different ideas for healthy treats, as well as meals, to feed your pets.

A few of my boys’ favourites are:

 

Sweet Potato Chews

Sweet Potato Chews

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato

Process:

  1. Make sure the potato is washed no need to peel
  2. Cut into thin slices (you can make them any size you like)
  3. Place on a lined tray
  4. Bake for around 3 hours at 120°C

Slow baking means that they will be chewy not burnt.

Store in an airtight container.

 

Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Chicken Jerky Treats

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breast (any amount you like)

Process:

  1. Slice the chicken length ways into slices (for hard and dry jerky slice into ½cm strips, for chewy jerky 1cm thick)
  2. Place strips on a lined try (no oil needed)
  3. Bake for 2 hours at 120°C

Allow the chicken to cool completely before feeding to your pets.

 

Let’s face it; a lot of pets will eat just about anything.  The quality of pet food available in the supermarkets will vary between brands, and you should do your research.  But I do think it’s important to also have fresh, homemade food wherever you can.  That’s why I love these treats.

The pet cookbook is great.  If you have any doubts on where to start, it may give you the help you need to add in some homemade meals or treats if you’ve never done it before.  Most of the recipes are quick and easy to follow and can save you money too.  You may already have some of the ingredients in your kitchen.  I’m pretty sure that any of the recipes above would be cheaper than a pack of Schmackos!

Like any change in diet, it’s a good idea to have a chat with your vet if you are looking at making any big changes in your fur-kid’s diet.  Your vet is there to help and guide you and will give you the best advice.  Just like people, some pets have allergies and can’t eat certain foods so it’s a good idea to run it pass your vet if you have any concerns.

 

So next time you’re baking for the kids, why not bake a batch for your fur-kids too?  And as an added bonus, these treats are so healthy it won’t matter who eats them!

 

Molasses Peanut Butter Treats

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Molasses Peanut Butter Treats
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Homebasics101

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Water
  • 6 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 11/2 cups oats
  • 2 cups rice flour

Instructions

  •  In a small bowl, combine the oats and rice flour
  •  In a separate bowl, combine the remaining wet ingredients
  • Slowly combine the wet mix into your dry ingredients
  • Roll out and cut into shapes (or place a spoonful onto a tray and press lightly). Place onto a lined baking tray.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180°C (timing may vary depending on your oven)

Fresh Breath Cookies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Fresh Breath Cookies
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Homebasics101

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint chopped finely)
  • 11/2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (chopped finely)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk

Instructions

  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl then mix in wet ingredients until a dough form
  • Roll out and cut into shapes (or place a spoonful onto a tray and press lightly). Place onto a lined baking tray
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 180°C (time may vary depending on your oven).

Sweet Potato Chews

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Sweet Potato Chews
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Kim McCosker

Ingredients

  • Sweet Potato

Instructions

  • Make sure the potato is washed no need to peel
  • Cut into thin slices (you can make them any size you like)
  • Place on a lined tray
  • Bake for around 3 hours at 120°C

Chicken Jerky

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Chicken Jerky
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Kim McCosker

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast

Instructions

  • Slice the chicken length ways into slices (for hard and dry jerky slice into ½cm strips, for chewy jerky 1cm thick)
  • Place strips on a lined try (no oil needed)
  • Bake for 2 hours at 120°C

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