Spending time in the warm spring sunshine is always better with a four-legged friend. After you and your pup have wrapped up an afternoon at the dog park or just a few rounds of fetch in the backyard, it’s always a good idea sure you have some delicious doggie treats on hand to help them refuel.
But don’t head out to the pet store just yet! Try a few of these recipes for homemade dog treats — they’re perfect for spring and so very easy to make. Plus, everything tastes a little better when it’s made with love.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
We love this simple recipe for peanut butter dog treats from the Cookie Rookie.
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or coconut flour if your dog has a wheat allergy)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 egg
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl until you have a sticky dough. You can shape the dough into 1-inch balls for a traditional cookie shape, or you can roll the dough out onto a floured surface and bust out the cookie cutters to make fun shapes. Bake the treats for 20 minutes, let cool completely and store in an airtight treat jar.
There are plenty of vegetables and fruits that are safe for dogs to eat. English peas and snow peas are a filling and healthy treat for your pup. They’re great fresh or frozen, and they can be used in any number of treat recipes, including homemade dog food. Peas are also safe for dogs with food allergies.
To make a fun, frozen treat for warmer spring days, fill some ice cube trays with diluted low-sodium chicken broth and pop a few fresh peas and carrots into each cube. Once frozen, your pup can enjoy a savory, delicious treat that doesn’t require an oven. You can also make this versatile “pupsicle” recipe with broccoli, peeled apples, cantaloupe or cauliflower.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Don’t worry, you won’t need to teach Fido how to use a straw for this one. This “smoothie” is actually a baked fruit cookie that smells delicious when it comes out of the oven. You might even find yourself sneaking a taste. We won’t tell!
- 1/2 cup strawberries, pureed
- 1 medium banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a large bowl, mix in all the ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition. Roll out dough on a heavily floured surface (the dough is very sticky) until it’s 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes with the cookie cutter of your choice. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a prepared baking sheet and poke with a fork to prevent air bubbles. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.
Sweet Potato Chews
Sweet potatoes are a superfood for dogs. Full of fiber and antioxidants, they keep your pup’s digestive system healthy.
These sweet potato chews are a one-ingredient wonder. Just wash, peel and slice up some sweet potatoes into strips, dehydrate them in the oven at 150 degrees for six to eight hours, and you’ve got some chewy, delicious treats for your favorite furry friend!
Doggie Ice Cream
You may have seen the pricy little containers of doggie ice cream at the grocery store, but you can save yourself a few bucks by making it yourself! To get it done, mix together a ripe banana with a 4-ounce container of vanilla yogurt and 2 ounces of water. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays, and in a few hours, you can share this frozen treat with your pup. Yes, you can have some too — if she’ll share.