Whether you are an experienced baker or a total beginner, you can make these super easy treats for your dog at home. The recipes use minimal ingredients, many of which you likely already have in your pantry. The treats can be made using household items like regular cookie cutters or ice cube trays. However, if you want to increase the cuteness factor, you can check out these dog-themed baking tools (available on amazon).
Easy to Make Sweet Potato Dog Chews
I recently discovered that Avy LOVES sweet potato chews. I picked some up on a whim when I was shopping for dog food, thinking they would be a good chew to keep her busy. It turned out that they were a hit. The only problem is that store-bought sweet potato chews are quite expensive. The solution? This incredibly easy, do-it-yourself dog treat recipe.
- 2 large Sweet Potatoes
The directions for this recipe couldn’t be easier – buy 2 large sweet potatoes. Heat your oven to 250 degrees. Wash and dry the potatoes. Once clean, you can slice up the potatoes however you like – long thin strips, rounds (more like potato chips), rectangles, or a mix of them all.
The thicker you cut the potato, the chewier it will be.
Place the sweet potatoes on a non-stick baking sheet (you can use parchment paper to keep them from sticking if you like) and bake them in your oven for 3 – 4 hours. If you want them to be crunchier, keep them in the oven a little longer. Flip the potatoes once halfway through baking.
Once they are done, let them cool completely and then store them in an airtight container or zip lock bag in your refrigerator. The treats will keep in your fridge for approximately 2 weeks, or to extend their life pop them into the freezer!
Frozen Popsicles (Pupsicles) for Dogs
Have you ever noticed that dogs love ice cubes? You can take your dog’s love of frozen water up a notch with these frozen treats designed especially for dogs.
- 1 cup frozen banana slices
- 1 cup frozen strawberry slices
- 2 tbsp. unflavoured, unsweetened Greek yogurt (or water)
Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until you get a smoothie-like consistency. If you find the mixture too thick to blend, you can add a bit of water to thin it down. You can also replace the Greek yogurt with water if you prefer.
Once blended, pour the mixture into popsicle molds or an ice cube tray. Freeze for at least six hours before you serve to your pup.
For a cute addition, take the pops out of the freezer after about 20 minutes and put a dog biscuit in the top to form the popsicle “stick.” Continue freezing for 6 hours.
Note: These can be a very messy treat, so they are best served outside. If you must serve them inside, you may want to put down an old towel or sheet to keep your floor from getting too messy.
Easy Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Bites
After spending a LOT of time going through websites searching for the yummiest sounding, easy to make dog treats, I came up with this super simple recipe on my own! All you need is a banana, some peanut butter, and a silicone ice cube tray (it makes it easier to push the treats out in one piece than a regular ice cube tray – available on Amazon).
- 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 Banana
In a medium-sized bowl, mash up a banana. Add in 1 cup of natural peanut butter and use a spoon to blend the two together. Press the mixture into a silicone ice cube tray.
Freeze for a least one hour before serving.
Dogs love peanut butter, but it is very rich. I recommend only serving one of these treats at a time to your dog.
Easy 3-Ingredient Dog Treats
This recipe lends itself well to making tiny dog treats that you can use as a training treat. If you prefer, you can also make larger biscuits.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 medium ripe banana
Preheat your oven to 50 degrees.
Using a fork to smash the banana, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Once combined, use your hand to knead the dough and roll it into a ball. Roll the batter out using a rolling pin until it is approximately ¼ inch thick.
Cut the treats out into your desired shape and size. Bake for 12-15 minutes until hard. Let the treats cool and store in an airtight container.
Chewy Dried Banana Dog Treats
Does your dog love a good chew? How about banana? These chews combine these two dog favourites into a yummy chewy adventure for your dog.
And the best part? They only have one ingredient!
Preheat your oven to 210 degrees. Peel your bananas and cut them lengthwise. If you want to keep them from browning, you can brush them with lemon juice, but this is optional. Place the bananas on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake them for 1 ½ hours.