I started making dog biscuit treats because I saw all of these recipes on my favorite site, Pinterest, and thought to myself – how hard could this be?
Well, it can be time consuming if you follow all the different recipes out there, or you can slim down the approach like I did. It takes me about 30 minutes to make and bake my treats and the dogs love them just as much as those that I spent an hour or more on.
Before making any treats, I did ask my vet for any ingredients my dogs should not have in their food. This step is important because there are a lot of recipes out there that may not be so good for your favorite furry friend. Not all dogs react well to certain ingredients, so I would caution you to talk with your vet first to be sure this recipe is right for you and your pet.
After trying out several different recipes on various sites, I decided on this slightly modified version. It is similar to many recipes out there, but I wanted a recipe which lets me easily substitute items when I need. The recipe does include whole wheat flour, but you could easily substitute non-grain versions, such as almond or coconut, which are usually fine for dogs. However, you will need to decrease the amount of flour and do some experimenting since non-grain flours often take much more liquid. The coconut flour upset my dogs’ stomachs, so I went back to a whole wheat version.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup fruit – you can also combine fruits, such as ½ cup blueberry and ½ cup banana. I usually rotate between strawberries, blueberries, banana, and canned pumpkin (I know it is a squash, but they love it) because my dogs love these and I usually have some on hand.
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Before I mix the ingredients, I puree the fruits in a blender because it makes it easier to combine everything together. Then, just mix the flour, fruit, and cinnamon together. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and mix to form a fairly stiff batter. If the batter is too dry and crumbly, add another tablespoon of coconut oil.
Making and Baking
Now, on the many sites I have read, they roll these out and cut them into cute bone shapes, but that takes a lot of time and effort. So, I have two methods:
- Roll them out into a squarish shape about 1/4″ thick and then use a knife to cut strips vertically and horizontally to form about 1-2” squares, depending on how big your dog is. Transfer the squares to cookie sheets.
- Roll the dough into little balls about 1” in diameter, place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, cover with waxed paper, and “smash” flat (about 1/4″ thick) with a spatula.
I use parchment paper to line my baking sheets to make cleanup even easier.
I bake these at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, then flip them for even browning. I bake another 10 minutes and then shut the oven off. Leave them in the oven for another ½ hour if you can. Otherwise, you can put them on a cooling rack. I like to leave them in the oven for a while to cool as they tend to come out more crunchy. If you cool them on the rack, they will be more on the chewy side.
Since there are no preservatives, if you like them on the chewy side, store them in the fridge or they will become moldy.
If you left them in the oven and they are crunchy, they can be stored in an airtight jar on the counter for about 7 – 10 days. This recipe doesn’t make a lot, so I usually either double it and put half in the freezer for the next week, or I make a batch each weekend.
There are a lot of recipes out there and most cost very little to make, but best of all, I know exactly what they have in them. I feel it is worth it to make my own, both from a cost and time perspective.
Join the Conversation
What do you think – do you or will you be making dog treats for your furry friend? Let me know and, if you are already making them, share your recipe and I might give it a try as well. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to keep my doggies happy.