Homemade dog treats can save your budget and let your best friend enjoy a yummy snack. This very simple recipe that only requires TWO inexpensive ingredients and can also be customized like nobody’s business. So get creative and have a little fun while pampering your pooch!
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We have a brood of dogs in our house to go with the brood of boys: a cranky old pug, Bentley, and two German Shepherds, Kira and Major.
With all those dogs, the amount of dog food and treats we’d go through is hard to imagine.
And even buying in bulk, it would get expensive.
Plus, who even knows what is in some of the store bought treats?
You hear stories all the time about brands getting recalled or having less than great ingredients in them.
With these easy homemade dog treats, you don’t have to worry about that!
Plus the dogs love them!
Even old, cranky Bentley responds to them.
If he hears the paper bag that we store these treats in rustling, he immediately runs over and puts his begging face on.
It’s all “Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme before I lose my ish.’
You only need 2 easy to find ingredients for these.
To make them, you’ll need:
- Baby food– You can use homemade baby food or store bought. Just make sure the kind you use is pureed and only has dog safe ingredients and no onions.
- Flour– Go for whole wheat flour for some extra health benefits.
How to Make
Making these is so easy!
To do it, start by preheating the oven to 350.
Then mix the flour and puree together to form a stiff dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about a 1/4 inch thick.
Use cookie cutters like these adorable ones to cut into desired shapes or a pizza cutter to make cubes or sticks.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat and place the treats about 1/2 inch apart.
Bake the treats for 20 – 25 minutes.
Then, remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely before storing in a paper bag.
You could also store them in an air tight container but they will be softer.
Ingredients to Avoid for Dogs
According to the ASPCA website, you shouldn’t ever feed your dog the following:
- citrus fruit
- coconut or coconut oil
- grapes and raisins
- milk and dairy
- onions, garlic and chives
- raw or undercooked meat, eggs or bones
- salt or salty snack foods
- yeast dough
What kind of baby food should I use?
Now that you know what to avoid, you can feel confident choosing from a variety of baby food flavors.
Our dogs love:
- sweet potato
Don’t have baby food or not interested in buying any?
These treats bake up just as well using 1 cup of homemade vegetable puree as well.
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure you read the baby food’s label to make sure there are no harmful ingredients like onion or garlic powder in the mix.
- Feel free to get creative and add mix ins like grated carrot, peanut butter or fresh parsley.
- If the dough is too sticky, add a little extra flour until it’s easy to work with. And if it’s too stiff you could add a little water to loosen it up.
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2 Ingredient Dog Treats
- 2 4 oz jars pureed baby food beef, blueberry, sweet potato, chicken – any flavor/s - Just make sure there are no onions/onion powder in it*
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Mix the flour and puree together to form a stiff dough. Add extra flour or water as needed.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about a 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes or ‘sticks’.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat and place the treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they’re still edible).
recipe originally published September 4, 2014
recipe adapted from Daily Dish Recipes
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