Top 7 healthy homemade dog treat recipes your dog will love

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We love to see pups and their people having fun and sharing delicious treats, and we love it, even more, when those treats are safe and homemade! After browsing through so many recipes for healthy homemade dog treats, we’ve picked out our favorites and made a list for you and your canine companions to try. 

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1. The Puppy Pumpkin Puppuccino

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With the approach of summer, things are heating up, which means you and your pooch need a way to cool down! This treat is one of many homemade dog treat recipes meant to ward off the heat, and it’s super simple to make.

Ingredients

  • Vegan oat or coconut whipped cream
  • 100% pumpkin purée (unsweetened)

Directions

First of all, you’ll need a serving container. Smaller pups will get much less puppuccino than larger dogs! You can use a bowl, a cup, or a mug. Once you have this serving container ready, follow these quick and easy steps:

  1. Add a little bit of pumpkin purée to the container and spread it on the bottom. It’s up to you how much you want to add, but be sure to save the rest for later!
  2. In a large bowl, combine an appropriate amount of whipped cream with the remaining pumpkin purée. Use a whisk to mix this until it has a cute, peachy color.
  3. Done? Awesome! Layer a scoop or two of the whipped topping from the bowl into your prepared serving cup. At the end of this, you’ll be left with a cappuccino fit for a royal canine!

About the Chef

This recipe is from The Dog Bakery's Top Chef Rocky Kanaka! On his blog, Rocky promotes the joys of pet rescue and adoption by sharing videos, photos, and information about pups from around the world. Sometimes, he also posts yummy recipes like this!

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3. Rocket Pupsicles

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This one is an original, straight from The Dog Bakery, and it’s so good that you might even want to take a taste!

Modeled after the iconic summertime Rocket Popsicle treat, these frozen bites sort of look like our Popsicle Dog Toy, another big hit with pooches of every size!

Ingredients

While Rocky’s delicious puppuccino only needed two ingredients, the Rocket Pupsicle will require a little bit more work. To make one of these cool treats, you’ll need:

  • About 2 cups of watermelon
  • About ½ cup of blueberries
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • A freezer
  • Popsicle molds of your choice

Directions

Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, it’s time to get to work! To make one of these awesome popsicles, you’ll need to prepare a few different layers for this frozen treat.

For the bottom layer of blue:

  1. Break out a blender and toss in ½ cup of blueberries.
  2. Add 5 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt to the blender.
  3. Turn the blender on and let it work. Once the mixture is nice and smooth, the blue layer is ready.

Set aside the blue layer, and start working on the red tip of your Rocker Pupsicle. To make the red layer:

  1. Add around 2 cups of cut-up watermelon to the cleaned blender.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt.
  3. Mix it all together. You’ll want a nice, creamy texture, just like the blue layer.

Once you have your red and blue layers complete, it’s time to make the final product. Break out those popsicle molds, and start working!

  1. Start by pouring in the red layer. Stop when the popsicle mold is about ⅓ filled.
  2. Now, you want a white center layer. To make this, you’ll just use plain Greek yogurt. When you’re done pouring, your mold should be filled about ⅔ of the way.
  3. Finish the mold off with the final layer of blue! The last ⅓ of the popsicle should be that delicious blueberry mix.
  4. Let these popsicles sit for at least two hours, then serve!

Pro Tip: Feed your dog frozen treats in a bowl, on a towel, or outside to avoid getting a sticky mess on your floors or furniture!

4. Peanut Butter Paw-sicles

We always vouch for our amazing Peanut Butter Kisses cookies and these delicious peanut butter paw-sicle totally remind us of a frozen version of this classic Dog Bakery treat. As a fun bonus, they taste pretty good to us, too, so consider making yourself one.

Ingredients

You don’t need much to make this amazing summertime treat. Like Rocky’s puppuccino, the Peanut Butter Paw-sicle is one of many super easy homemade dog treats that anyone can prepare, even kids! You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • ½ of a ripe banana, mashed
  • Water

Directions

The hardest step in this simple recipe is the mixing! To make a Peanut Butter Paw-sicle:

    1. Combine the banana, peanut butter, and water in a large bowl. Mix the ingredients well; the consistency should be fairly smooth and moldable. If you need more give, add some water.
  • For cookie-like discs: Spoon the mixture onto a baking sheet or plate.

  • For cubes or shaped popsicles: Fill the appropriate molds with the mixture.

  • For fun puzzles: Pour the mix into your pup’s favorite puzzle toy, such as a Kong treat dispenser!

  1. Once you have your serving option figured out, place these soon-to-be Paw-sicles into the freezer. About two hours should be enough time to firm them up; if not, just leave them in until they’re a nice consistency.

About the Chef

This scrumptious summertime recipe is from the awesome folks at Oswego County Humane Center. With the hard work and dedication of this amazing group, animals all over Oswego County, New York are getting second chances to find their forever homes.

5. Watermelon Sorbet

For another delicious way to cool down, consider this pup-friendly version of ice cream! This Watermelon Sorbet is easy to make and it tastes delicious. Don’t be afraid to set aside some for yourself.

Ingredients

To make around three yummy scoops of pup-friendly sorbet, you’ll need:

  • 3 cups of cubed and frozen seedless watermelon
  • ¼ cup of watermelon juice, water, or coconut water
  • If you want, you can add honey
  • You’ll also need a blender or, preferably, a food processor.

Directions

This is another super simple homemade dog treat recipe. To make this sweet treat, you don’t need to do much! Find your best bowl or dish, or just serve this frozen snack up in your pup’s regular bowl. 

  1. Add the honey and watermelon into your blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse or blend until the mixture is nice and smooth, a bit like a smoothie. Add the juice slowly! This will prevent you from accidentally making a slushie instead of a refined sorbet!
  3. Use a spoon, melon baller, or ice cream scoop to excavate the mixture. Place it on your desired serving surface, and enjoy!

About the Chef

This homemade dog treat recipe is from Chrissy Villa, a staff writer, and animal lover at Pawstruck. She enjoys spending time with her pups and sharing delicious recipes for everyone to try out with their pups. She also loves to promote Pawstruck’s message of the importance of adopting and rescuing pups!

6. Apple Pie Bites

Maybe you’re cool as a cucumber, and you’re looking for a homemade dog treat that satisfies your sweet tooth. If that sounds like your style, then try out these scrumptious Apple Pie Bites. If you want to try some for yourself, don’t hesitate to add a little bit of ice cream!

Ingredients

To make some Apple Pie Bites, you’ll need:

  • 2 apples of your choice, diced and cored
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1½ tablespoons of baking powder
  • ¼ cup of milk (or vegan milk)
  • 1 egg

Directions

To make some scrumptious Apple Pie Bites, you’ll want to start by preheating your oven to 350°F (176°C). While that’s warming up, start mixing!

  1. Combine your diced apple, cinnamon, honey, vanilla, and coconut oil in a large bowl. Mix  thoroughly, so everything is evenly coated.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder. You’ll get something that feels and acts like a crumble, but that’s exactly what you want!
  3. Finally, add your milk and egg. When you stir, you’ll get a consistency that’s a little closer to regular cookie dough.
  4. Measure this dough out onto your baking sheet. You’ll get about 44 cookies from this recipe! The original instructions call for a round ball, but you can gently flatten these spheres with a fork to get a crunchier end product.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. When they’re ready, the cookies will be a nice golden brown on top.

When you’re done making these cookies, let them cool down before serving them up to your pup! Because your dog shouldn’t gobble down all of the cookies, you can also freeze them to save for later.

About the Chef

This delicious recipe was created by dog lover Kiki Kane. A staff writer for Rover, Kiki loves sharing delicious homemade dog treats and recipes with the world. She also runs the amazing video series, Kiki’s Canine Kitchen.

7. No-Bake Snowball Bites

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If you want something to remind you of winter, then try these amazing No-Bake Snowball Bites! This is a no-bake recipe, so you can make it where and whenever you want as long as you have all of the ingredients. 

Ingredients

To make No-Bake Snowball Bites, you’ll need:

  • 1 - 2 c. plain (unsweetened) shredded coconut
  • ½ cup of coconut flour
  • 1 cup of oat flour
  • 1 cup of plain nonfat yogurt
  • ¼ cup of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Pro Tip: You don’t need to buy oat flour! If you have some regular rolled oats, you can pop those into a food processor to make your own oat flour.

Directions

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, it’s time to start prepping these homemade dog treats! Start by getting a nice, big bowl and filling it with the shredded coconut. Now, you’re ready to start.

  1. If you have a food processor, add all of the ingredients except for the shredded coconut. Use the pulse function until the dough is nice and gooey, like clay.
  2. If you don’t have a food processor, then you’ll have to mix this by hand or with an electric mixer. Again, you’ll want to make sure that the dough is a nice consistency.
  3. Once the dough is the right consistency, roll it into balls. Adjust these as needed to suit your pup’s size. Smaller dogs get smaller bites, and later pups get bigger servings!
  4. Roll the balls into the bowl of shredded coconut. This creates the “snow” effect for your Snowball Bites.
  5. Serve as is or refrigerate.

Keep in mind that this recipe will produce a few cookies, so you’ll probably end up with more than your pup should eat in one sitting. Fortunately, these wintery bites last for a week in the fridge, and up to a month in the freezer.

About the Chef

This recipe is from the amazing staff of the Nevada Humane Society. This group of passionate animal lovers dedicates their lives to serving and helping the critters of Nevada. Sometimes, they also post yummy recipes for our canine companions.

No matter which recipe you choose, your pup is sure to love it! Remember to serve these treats in appropriately sized portions, and if you ever have any doubts about the safety of an ingredient or treat, be sure to contact your vet first. 

Don’t have time to make treats yourself? You can also purchase safe and delicious homemade dog treats from us, The Dog Bakery!

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Rocky Kanaka

Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!

Lorna Ladd

Lorna Paxton Ladd is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast of The Dog Bakery. She loves spoiling her 3 rescue dogs with dog cakes and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.

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