The Best Homemade Dog Treats


Posted by bravectosouthafrica – 02 August 2018

Everybody loves the smell of freshly baked goods filling up the house, especially your dog. Now, your fur-kid can also appreciate your baking skills with these easy and super healthy dog treat recipes. So, we’ve compiled a list of tasty baked dog treats you can make at home and perhaps even let your dog lick the bowl.

Dog Treat Recipe One: Basic Homemade Dog Biscuit

The first dog treat recipe doesn’t overwhelm you with plenty of ingredients, and it’s easy to make!

What you need:

  • 2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup of powdered milk
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules (or get Woolies’ beef stock powder here)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup bacon grease
  • ½ cup ice water

What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C
  • Mix the flour, wheat flour, powdered milk, garlic powder and beef bouillon into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add in the egg and bacon grease.
  • Add in the water one tablespoon at a time until the dough is sticky.

Once you have added all the ingredients, roll the dough until it’s about 2cm thick. Cut them into cookies or shapes and place them on a baking sheet. Pop them in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes and voila! Wait for them to cool down and treat your dog with a tasty treat, made with all your love.

Dog Treat Recipe Two: Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats

This homemade dog treat recipe is super easy, yummy and safe. Now, it might look or sound a little bit
un-appetising, but luckily your dog will find it delicious!

What you need:

  • 1 peeled banana
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (be sure not to use sugar-free peanut butter, as it may contain xylitol)
  • ½ cup dried parsley
  • 1 beaten egg

What to do:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Mash up the banana in a large bowl.
  • Add in the oats, oat flour, peanut butter, parsley and egg.
  • Stir until combined
  • Set aside for five minutes
  • Roll the mix into balls. You should have enough for about 24 balls.
  • Place balls onto a sizeable paper-lined baking tray.
  • Press the balls down into flat circles about 1 ½ to 2 cm in width.
  • Bake flattened cookies for 40 – 45 minutes
  • Let them cool down
  • And lastly, serve to your dog and keep them away from hungry human hands.

Dog Recipe Three: Carrot & Chai Cookies

This might sound complicated, but in reality, it’s oh-so-easy to make, and from the licks and satisfied
looks on our dogs’ faces, we’re guessing they love it too. This cookie recipe is also a great way to sneak
some carrots and seeds into your dog’s diet.

What you need:

Apart from one dog who’s ready for snack time, you’ll also need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 grated carrots

What to do:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Combine the flours, chia seed and wheat germ in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Whisk the almond butter, water, oil and syrup in a separate bowl, then stir in the grated carrots.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture.
  • Stir until you create a rough dough.

Now it’s time for a little bit of elbow grease. Knead the dough until it becomes stiff. Turn it on a lightly floured surface. After you knead the dough, roll it out and cut out the cookies in a shape you prefer. Bake the cookies for around 35 – 40 minutes. Let them cool down and feed to your patient and very good boy or girl.

If you’ve enjoyed this read, take a look at our other articles for more information, tips and tricks on keeping your dog happy and healthy. Visit our blog here.


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