Looking to spoil your dog in the healthiest way possible? We got you covered. My biggest problem with store bought treats are: #1 - I don't know if I can trust them, and #2 - The good ones are so expensive!
So that brings us here - these are 16 easy-to-make treats that only take a few minutes, and have no more than 5 or 6 ingredients.
And not to mention homemade treats are much easier on the wallet. Your dog will go nuts for these recipes, and are ideal for training or spoiling as they're healthy, grain-free, and guilt free.
If you're really looking to spoil your dog, maybe check out our best pupcake recipes.
Picture: The Healthy Maven
Made from just 5 wholesome ingredients, such as sweet potato and coconut flour, the healthy maven has created some very cute little doggie treats that I think your fur-baby will appreciate. The best part being that's easy to make, affordable, and you can make a big batch so you can keep spoiling your dog!
- 1 1/2 cups almond meal
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed (about 1 large)
- 1/4–1/2 cup water (or other dog-safe liquid)
- Bone-shaped cookie cutters, if desired
- Coconut oil, for greasing pan
Picture: Tasty Yummies
You can't go wrong with salmon. It's protein rich and full of healthy omega fatty acids. Along with the added benefits of coconut oil, pumpkin, and eggs... you're getting a one-two punch of the super healthy stuff for maximum energy.
- 1½ cups coconut flour
- 1 cup canned wild caught salmon, drained*
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted, but not hot
- ½ cup pumpkin puree (you can also use pureed sweet potato or squash)
- 4 pasture raised eggs
Picture: Dukes & Duchesses
Growing up Popsicles were my absolute favorite summer treat, I feel like my dogs need to share my childhood experience (because why not?)
Well... They have just the thing. Randi over at Dukes & Duchesses has created a carrot and beef broth popsicle, maybe not exactly the treats from your own childhood (I hope), but your dog will certainly appreciate it. And with only two ingredients and a little bit of freezer time, they're a perfect quick summer treat.
Picture: Proud Dog Mom
If you've followed along the coconut craze as of lately, then I have no doubt you want to share all the health benefits with your dog. And why not? Coconut oil has amazing benefits for both humans and canines, so might as well make them into some cute little treats. As a side note, these make your house smell absolutely amazing.
- 1 ½ cups brown rice flour
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup water
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Picture: Proud Dog Mom
Using sweet potato, pumpkin, and a touch of honey... Sounds like treats I might need a sample of. These are perfect little grain-free biscuits that you can make anytime of the year (not just Fall). Also the combination is really beneficial for dogs will digestion problems or sensitive stomachs.
- 1½ cups brown rice flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato
- 1/2 cup 100% pure pumpkin purée
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon organic maple syrup
Picture: Lexis Clean Kitchen
These are similar to sweet potato bites, but with one key difference... Peanut Butter! Which adds some extra essential fatty acids (along with some coconut oil) to the mix. These are fantastic little treats for keeping your dogs coat healthy and shiny.
- 1 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or nut butter of choice, no added ingredients
- 4 organic eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree**
- 1/3 cup shredded carrots
- 2 tsp dried parsley
Picture: Proud Dog Mom
There's beauty in simplicity here. Using nothing but frozen coconut oil, blueberries, and almond butter you get these wonderful treats that are loaded with healthy fats and the antioxidants from blueberries. It left me wondering why I never thought of this before.
- Coconut oil
- Almond butter
Picture: 12 Tomatoes
Simply use the freezer with a little natural peanut butter and coconut oil, and in minutes you'll have wonderfully healthy treats that your dogs will love. But can we take a minute to appreciate how awesome these look? The real star of the show here is the silicon tray used to make these cookies! I need this in my life.
- 1 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 1 cup pure, unprocessed coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Picture: Happy Money Saver
Instead of biscuits or frozen treats, maybe your dog needs something a little more chewy? This is a simple as it gets, with just 1 ingredient... Sweet Potato! Simple shave off some pieces and put them in the oven for about a few hours. These are a great healthy and budget friendly alternative to store bought chews.
- 2 Sweet Potatoes (or Yams)
Staying on the same page with jerky, why not banana jerky? Yeah, that's a thing. And dogs love it. I can attest to that as my dogs goes absolutely bananas over these (see what I did there?) Cut some bananas length-wise and lay them in the oven for few hours and you're done!
- Optional: Lemon and Honey
Picture: Golden Barrel
What better way to show your dog some love than through heart shaped healthy treats, filled with coconut oil and natural peanut butter. With all those healthy oils, your dog show you some love with their shiny coat.
- 1 cup Golden Barrel Coconut Oil
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Picture: Pretty Fluffy
When the holidays are upon us it's time to celebrate with your fur-babbies with ginger snaps. These are really easy and festive treats using a bit of almond flour, coconut flour, peanut butter, and a touch of ginger.
- 2 Cups Almond Flour
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
- 1/2 – 3/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
- 3 Tablespoons Ground Ginger
- 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup Water
Another baked biscuit, but with a small twist - Black Beans. I thought with was a clever alternative to flour or grains in cookies, so I included it in this list. Not only that, but these homemade treats are very budget friendly, using only some beans, peanut butter, a banana, and an egg - not bad!
- 1 cup cooked black beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 very ripe banana, mashed
- 1 egg, whipped
Picture: A Cozy Kitchen
This very happy Corgi is enjoying some simple banana, peanut butter, and bean flour cookies. Bean flour is a lot more budget-friendly alternative to coconut flour (which can be very expensive). Furthermore, Garbanzo flour has the highest protein level out of all the flours! Win-Win.
- 1 medium banana, mashed
- 3 tablespoons creamy, natural peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
Maybe your dog likes soft chewy treats over crunchy? Sounds crazy but my dog is often very picky, and yes, texture can be the difference. The other huge advantage: you can tear these treats into small pieces to feed in smaller portions, perfect for training.
- 1/2 cup sweet potato, mashed (approx. 1 small or 1/2 large)
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)
- 6 tablespoons coconut flour, sifted
- pinch unrefined salt
Picture: Spencer the Goldendoodle
Got a freezer and an ice cube tray? Then we're in business! Take some peanut butter, pumpkin puree, and yogurt, and make some frozen fall treats for your dog. 15 Minutes and you're done. Now, a word of warning: these can get messy so make sure they don't chew them on the couch for dogs sake!
- 1 can 100% pure pumpkin puree
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
Feeling adventurous? This is certainly a more unique dog treat, using liver as it's primary ingredient. That being said, liver has excellent nutritional value to dogs, being packed full of animal protein, fat, and vitamin A.
- 1 lb. liver
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cup potato flakes
- beef or chicken broth
Homemade Grain-Free Dog Food?
Go beyond just making treats and look at ways to prepare your dogs daily food with our list of homemade dog food recipes. Making your dogs food at home is not only easier on the wallet, but you have full control over the ingredients, which means no surprises! This is especially important for dog's with allergies and sensitivies.