Having a fluffy companion is good, isn’t it? Dogs are the best pets (sorry cat lovers!), and it’s always nice to spoil them once in a while. It’s one thing to splurge on treats at the pet store, but all dog owners know the look they give us when we eat something they can’t eat, and those eyes are hard to resist. .
What if there was a way to create foods that dogs aren’t usually allowed to eat? Well, there are! While there are some limitations like dog-friendly chocolate (something I would advise leaving to the professionals), we can still create special treats like cookies and cakes at home that are completely dog-friendly.
Before we get into this, it’s important for all dog owners to know what dogs can and can’t eat. It’s also important that before you try to make a treat for your pooch, you check that it’s safe to eat. Many dog-friendly recipes don’t contain too many ingredients, so it’s a good idea if you’re unsure.
What can dogs NOT eat?
Anything with the sweetener xylitol
Raw meat, bones and eggs
Grapes and raisins
Salty snacks (crisps/crisps, pretzels)
Cores, cores, fruit seeds
What can dogs eat?
Wheat flour (overall objective, limits)
Baking powder (limits)
Without a doubt, it is important to know what you are feeding your dogs because if you feed them the wrong food, it can lead to health problems. There’s always that difficulty of having to say no to sharing your food because you know they can’t have it. Try cooking one of these recipes, whether it’s for a special occasion like dog birthdays or even just to treat them!
4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
With just four ingredients, your dog can have his own cookies!
2 cups flour
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup of water
Preheat your oven to 350º F
Combine flour, peanut butter and eggs in a large bowl until lightly combined
Add a little water (about a tablespoon) at a time until the mixture is moist enough to roll out like a dough
Roll out the dough and cut it into shapes using a cookie cutter (or roll it into a classic cookie ball)
Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes
Banana Peanut Butter “Pupcakes”
2 ripe bananas
⅔ cup peanut butter
⅓ cup of honey
½ cup wholemeal flour
⅔ cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350º F
Line 12 cases in a muffin or cupcake tin
Put your bananas in a bowl and mash them
Add peanut butter, eggs and honey and mix
Add the flour, oats and baking powder and mix until completely combined
Add water little by little and mix
Distribute the mixture evenly in the cups
Bake for 15-20 minutes
Pumpkin and Banana “Pupcakes”
A great recipe for making mini cakes for dogs!
½ cup mashed bananas
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
Preheat your oven to 350°F and spray a muffin or cupcake tin with coconut oil
Whisk together mashed bananas, pumpkin, egg and coconut oil in a large bowl
Stir in flour, rolled oats, baking soda and baking powder until blended
Pour the batter evenly into the prepared tray/dish
Bake for 12-14 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean
Allow to cool before feeding your puppies
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pumpkin Balls
An easy and quick no-bake treat!
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup peanut butter
2 ½ cup oats
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined
Take a small amount and roll it into a ball
Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and in the fridge for an hour.
After cooling, they are ready to eat!
Too hot? Does your dog need a frozen treat to cool off?
½ cup chopped strawberries or blueberries (dogs can have small amounts!)
2.5 ounce containers of plain yogurt (use unsweetened plain yogurt that is not sweetened with xylitol)
Place the popsicle molds on a flat surface (make sure they stay flat in the freezer)
Mix spoonfuls of berries and yogurt until the molds are filled
Freeze until solid (3-4 hours)
Remove treats from molds and store in an airtight freezer bag for up to 3 months.
Mint breath freshening treats
A quick hit of minty goodness your dog will love!
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (not containing xylitol)
1/4 cup mint
1/4 cup parsley
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup small green apple, chopped
Mix yogurt, mint, parsley and coconut oil
Add chopped apples
Pour the mixture into a silicone mold
Freeze overnight or until completely frozen
Unmold and store in an airtight container in the freezer
Whether your pooch is celebrating a birthday with a “pupcake” or needs a cool treat during the warm weather, all it takes is a few ingredients and some effort in the kitchen to keep your dog happy. Making your own treats is great because you know exactly what’s in them with no added additives and it gives you a sense of pride when you see your dog munching on something you’ve made.