These 5 ingredient homemade dog treats can be whipped up for your favorite pooch in under 35 minutes. Healthy, nutritious, and tasty dog biscuits are super simple to make at home!
Why this recipe works
It’s all about knowing what exactly you’re feeding your pup when it comes to treats. These homemade dog treats have healthy ingredients like rolled oats, whole wheat flour, pumpkin, sweet potato, and eggs.
How cute would some homemade dog biscuits be wrapped in cellophane and given as a gift? Or, make a big batch and keep them for your dog that loves to be spoiled with goodies. Watch as the tail wags ensue!
Ingredients you will need
Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.
Ingredient Info and Substitution Suggestions
SWEET POTATO – Sweet potato is full of protein and fiber and is a good source of nutrition for your pup, however, it is high in carbohydrates so always feed treats in moderation! Be sure to peel the sweet potatoes before beginning as it can be more difficult for your dog to digest. Lastly, keep in mind that you don’t ever want to feed a dog raw sweet potato.
PUMPKIN – Pumpkin is another ingredient high in fiber, Vitamin A, and antioxidants. You will want plain, 100% canned pumpkin with no additional flavors added. Not only is pumpkin known for helping with tummy issues, but the high fiber content helps with digestion.
FLOUR – Though we like the additional nutrients that whole wheat flour provides, you may substitute with coconut flour or regular all-purpose flour. Both of which are also safe for dogs, given that they do not have specific allergies to certain flours. Note that swapping out the type of flour you use may change the consistency of the dough.
How to Make Homemade Dog Treats
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- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together all ingredients for form a dough.
- On a slightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to ¼- ½ inch thick.
- Use a dog bone cookie cutter (or whichever cookie cutter you’d like) to cut the dough into desired shapes and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool completely prior to feeding to dogs, enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions & Expert Tips
Homemade dog treats should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks or at room temperature (in an air-tight container) for around 1 week. You may also freeze the treats for up to 2 months.
Yes, oats are safe for dogs. They are hearty and nutritious and can be beneficial to your dog’s diet if served in moderation.
Any size or shape cookie cutter will work to cut out the dog treats. I prefer a smaller cookie cutter so I get more treats!
It’s important to note that if you are unsure about any allergies your dog may have, begin with feeding them a small portion and watch for any abnormal signs before giving them a whole treat. If you’d like to add a little more flavor, feel free to add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the dough!
There are all sorts of fun cookie cutters you can use for these treats. Classic bone-shaped cookie cutter, paw prints, dog houses, fire hydrants, or dog-shaped cookie cutters are all equally adorable!
More Pumpkin Recipes
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- Pumpkin Hand Pies
- Pumpkin Magic Cake
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Homemade Dog Treats
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- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats grinded/ground
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 100% canned pumpkin, no additional flavors
- 1/2 cup sweet potato mashed. About 1 peeled and cooked sweet potato
- 2 eggs
Things You’ll Need
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together all ingredients to form a dough.
- On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to ¼- ½ inch thick.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into desired shapes and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool completely prior to feeding to dogs and storing, enjoy!
Expert Tips & FAQs
- A food processor works great for grinding the cup of rolled oats.
- *Peel, cook, and mash the sweet potatoes. Boil in a pot until tender, about 20 minutes.
- Any size or shape cookie cutter will work to cut out the dog treats. I prefer a smaller cookie cutter so I get more treats. This recipe will make around 50-60 treats with a small cookie cutter.
- A stand mixer with a paddle attachment is a great tool for mixing the dough. I just used my hands to mix it all together really well.
- It’s important to note that if you are unsure about any allergies your dog may have, begin with feeding them a small portion and watch for any abnormal signs before giving them a whole treat. If you’d like to add a little more flavor, feel free to add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the dough!
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I am adding extra flour because 1st batch was too wet, had to make cookie dough balls & flatten but our doodle loves them!
two questions….1. do you store in the refrigerator and 2. what is their shelf life.
Amanda Formaro says
You can keep them at room temperature in an airtight container. Ours are usually gone within 7-10 days. So they are definitely good for up to 10 days, possibly longer in the fridge.