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4 Simple Dog Treat Recipes

4 Simple Dog Treat Recipes

Since Honey will be 9 ½ very soon we're celebrating her "half birthday" with a topic that is dear to Honey's heart: dog treats! 

Each of the recipes below are Honey-tested and approved. She is so selfless!

She enjoys the Peanut Terrifics and the Sweet Potato Cinnamon Bites, but the one she loves most of all are the Tuna Crunchies. The recipe was originally for cats, but our dog loves them. Perhaps she was a cat in a previous life?

The Doggy Cake is great for celebrating big dog milestones. Perhaps Honey may be lucky and get one on her actual 9 ½ birthday?

 

What you need

These recipes contain very simple, natural ingredients that you probably already have, like:

  • Whole wheat or oat flour
  • Peanut butter
  • Sweet potato or carrot
  • Egg
  • Tuna
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Molasses or honey
  • Olive  or vegetable oil

More details are in each recipe below.

 

What to do

Here are 4 easy dog treat recipes for you to try:

Peanut Terrifics
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Bites
Tuna Crunchies
Doggy Cake

Each recipe has just 4 steps - check them out below. Let me know in the comments which one is your dog's favorite!


Peanut Terrifics

Makes about 24 large treats

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup (5 1/2 oz / 150 g) whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup (4 fl oz / 125 ml) water

  1. First thoroughly mix the peanut butter with the whole wheat flour.
  2. Then add the water so the mixture comes together.
  3. Next roll-out and cut into your desired shapes. We're "old school" so we went with bone-shaped! 
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350˚F (180˚C) for about 30 minutes or until they are lightly browned and crisp

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Bites

Makes about 36 treats

Ingredients

1/2 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
4 tablespoons molasses or honey
4-6 tablespoons water
1 egg, beaten
2 cups (9 oz / 250 g) whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • Mix the mashed sweet potato, molasses, 4 tablespoons of water and the beaten egg together.
  • Next add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda, mixing until they form a soft dough. You may need to add 1 - 2 tablespoons of water so that the dough comes together.
  • Roll the dough into balls, flatten them and place on a baking sheet.  I used a fork to flatten them and then did a crisscross pattern.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350˚F (180˚C) for about 25 minutes, turning once to ensure the cook evenly. 

Mine came out of the oven looking very rustic and home-made! They are slightly soft. If you want them hard and crispy, just bake a little longer. 


Tuna Crunchies

Makes about 15 treats

Ingredients

1 cup oat flour  
1 egg
1 5 oz can tuna, packed in water, drained
1 tablespoon olive  or vegetable oil

  1. Mix together the oat flour* and the tuna. The original recipe uses a food processor to mix all the ingredients but, since I do not possess a food processor, I mashed the tuna into the oat flour with a fork.
  2. Then add the beaten egg and olive oil and mix well, until it is smooth and slightly sticky. 
  3. Scoop out the mixture - I used a tablespoon - and then flatten slightly by marking an X into each one with a skewer.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 350˚F (about 180˚C) for about 12 - 15 minutes

* If you don't have oat flour, you can grind up rolled oats in a food processor or a liquidizer.


Doggy Cake

Makes about 1 small cake (approximately 3 inches * 5 inches or 8 cm * 14 cm)

Ingredients

1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup grated sweet potato or carrot or a mix of both if you have some leftovers
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon molasses or honey
1 egg, beaten

  1. Stir together the oat flour*, baking soda and cinnamon. Then add the grated sweet potato or carrot and mix well.
  2. Next add the peanut butter, vegetable oil, molasses (or honey), beaten egg and mix well.
  3. Pour batter into a greased mini-loaf pan. 
  4. Then bake in a pre-heated oven at 350˚F (about 180˚C) for about 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Once cooled you can "frost" it with cottage cheese or peanut butter.

* If you don't have oat flour, you can grind up rolled oats in a food processor or a liquidizer.

How much time?

All 4 of these recipes are quick to make - especially the Peanut Teriffics. The longest part is definitely the baking time - especially when your dog is just staring at you, wanting those treats.

Even better, get the kids involved in making them and it will be even faster.

 

Cost?

A box of Trader Joe's Dog Biscuits costs $3.45 compared to these approximate costs for each recipe:

Peanut Teriffics = $0.60
Sweet Potato Cinnamon Bites = $2.32
Tuna Crunchies = $1.31
Doggy Cake = $2.28 (including cottage cheese "frosting")

Clearly these are pretty frugal, especially the Peanut Terrifics.

 

Is it worth it?

Honey thinks (and I agree) that these treats are totally worth making. So we both give these a 5 Pig rating.

They are quick and easy to make, with natural ingredients and are very tasty. Plus they are economical. Frugal and yummy? What could be better?

 

Anything else I should know?

The Peanut Teriffics recipe is from The Healthy Dog Cookbook which has other great recipes if you are interested.

 
 

As I mentioned earlier, the Tuna Crunchies recipe was originally for cats. If you want to make them as cat treats just add 1 tablespoon of dried catnip. You'll find the original recipe at Joy the Bakers site.

Happy baking. I hope it results in delighted dogs (and some cats too).

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If you have any other great dog treat recipes please share them in the Comments section below.

Honey will be very grateful for any new treat recipes ... when she wakes up!

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