Want to say “thank you” to your pup for being the best friend ever? Why not spoil them with some simple, healthy, handmade treats you prepared with love! Before we jump into these awesome five recipes, there are a few things you should keep in mind. If a recipe uses peanut butter or maple syrup, make sure to check the ingredient list and verify your peanut butter or maple syrup does not contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs. Additionally, if you know your dog has sensitivity to grains, you can always substitute any grain flour for an alternative like bean flour or coconut flour.
1. Ginger Apple Treats
1 cup brown rice flour
½ cup of apple, finely diced
⅔ cup of plain Soy yogurt
½ tsp of fresh ginger (finely minced) OR 1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Measure out and combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Mix until well-combined. Use your hands if necessary.
Place mixture on a flat, floured surface, and roll out the dough to approximately ¼”.
Use cookie cutters to cut into whatever shapes you would like, and place on a baking sheet coated with nonstick spray
Bake for about 25 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool, and enjoy!
2. Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Treats
1 cup peanut butter (remember to check for Xylitol in your PB ingredients)
1 tsp unprocessed coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
If the coconut oil is not already in liquid form, place in a saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until melted.
Combine ingredients and stir until the mixture is completely smooth and well integrated.
Pour mixture into an ice cube tray (use a silicone paw print tray for results like the above image), and freeze until set.
Carefully remove the treats from the tray and store in an air-tight container in the freezer.
Note: these were made for dogs in the 10-15 lb range. The rule of thumb is to use 1 tsp of coconut oil per 10 lbs of your dog’s body weight. Adjust the amount of coconut oil accordingly.
3. No Bake Coconut Treats
⅓ cup coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 ½ cups rolled oats
⅓ cup shredded coconut
Add coconut oil, peanut butter, and oats to a food processor and mix until well combined.
Create bite sized balls with the mixture.
Gently roll each ball in the shredded coconut until well coated.
Place on a tray lined with baking paper, refrigerate for 30 minutes, and serve!
4. Coconut Flour Soft Chews
½ cup sweet potato (mashed)
3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tsp real maple syrup (remember to check for Xylitol in your syrup ingredients)
6 tbsp coconut flour, sifted
A pinch of unrefined salt
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
In a medium bowl or food processor, combine mashed sweet potato, eggs, apple sauce, melted oil, and honey. Sift coconut flour and slowly mix into batter. Stir until smooth.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the mixture over the paper about ¼” thick. Sprinkle the top with salt.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove pan and score into small squares. Place back in over and bake another 15 minutes or until outer edges begin to brown.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a container. Keep refrigerated for long-term storage.
5. Cantaloupe Ice Cream
2 cups frozen cantaloupe
2 tbsp unsweetened soy yogurt
Place frozen cantaloupe and yogurt into a food processor.
Blend until combined, adding a bit of water if necessary to reach your preferred consistency.
Serve like ice cream or freeze into pops and eat up!
Note: If your dog is lactose intolerant, feel free to substitute yogurt with peanut butter. Consistency may differ, but the end result is yummy nonetheless!