Though we love our sweet pups dearly, I always thought homemade dog treats were more work than they were worth. That quickly changed, however, once I found a recipe for home-made wheat-free dog treats using only TWO ingredients on Dog Milk.
And no, it’s not too good to be true. These were truly easy to prep, make and bake. And the dogs LOVE ’em!
Two-Ingredient Dog Treats
Prep : 5 minutes Bake : 30 minutes Yield : 60+ 1.5″ treats
Pumpkin-Parsley Dog Treats
8 ounces canned pumpkin puree [NOT pie filling]
2-3 TBSP finely chopped parsley [good for stinky breath situations!]
1 cup whole rolled oats
1 cup oat flour [I made my own by processing the whole oats in our Blendtec blender] + extra for dusting
Blueberry-Apple Dog Treats
4 ounces pureed blueberries [I used Trader Joes frozen organic wild blueberries – thawed then blended in the Blendtec]
4 ounces all-natural applesauce
1 cup whole rolled oats
1 cup oat flour + extra for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix all ingredients together to form a stiff dough. I found that when I made my first batch I needed to add an extra tablespoon or two of oat flour to thicken up the dough, so it’d be helpful to process a little more oats in your blender than you might think you’ll need.
3. On a surface dusted with extra oat flour, roll dough until it’s about 1/4″ thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape. You can also just use a knife or pizza cutter to cut dough into strips then small squares.
4. Line a cookie sheet with silpat or parchment paper. Place treats as close as you’d like/need to on each sheet. The treats won’t spread while baking, but at least give them a few centimeters of breathing room so they’ll all bake evenly.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes. They will not brown, so just pull them out and let them cool between the 25-30 minute mark.
*When storing, keep in mind that once the treats are cool, if you put them in an airtight container they’ll eventually get soft. They’re still good to eat, it’s just a different texture. To keep them a little bit crispier and crunchier, store the treats in a rolled-closed paper bag.
This is such an easy base to play around with. You can use baby food [beef! chicken!], grated carrots, pureed sweet potatoes, mashed bananas, etc [for a total of 8 oz]. Sub in whole-wheat flour or coconut flour or wheat germ for the oats/oat flour mixture [for a total of 2 cups].
Do you spoil your furry four-legged friends? What are your pups favorite go-crazy-for treats?
PS – I wouldn’t dare leave you hanging without a picture of the two crazies waiting patiently for the “OK” cue to eat! [Ramble’s the Boston Terrier on the left, Rosey the Chow/Pit on the right]