Recipes for Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Posted on August 7, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Pets | Tags: , , |

My sister, Kirsten, grew tired of the ups and downs of the high tech and telecom industry and about five years ago decided to open her own business. She owns and operates 4LeggedFriendzee, a very successful doggie daycare, boarding kennel and dog grooming business in southern Maine.

Kirsten and her husband Bruce, have four labrador retrievers of their own. Here are her recipes for money saving, healthy, homemade special treats enjoyed by Porter, Bella, Maya and Truman, the 4 resident Lab’s at 4LeggedFriendzee – they love to share them with their friends on special occasions and holidays!

Soft Banana Strips
1 egg 1c fast-cook oats
1/2 banana 1/3c milk
1/2c flour (white or whole wheat)
1/8c rice

Squash bananas, and beat the egg. Mix all ingredients then spread evenly on a plate. Next, heat in microwave for 3 and 1/2 minutes. when done, let them cool. Then cut and serve. The rice can be pre-cooked or un-cooked for xtra crunch!

1 Quart fruit juice
1 banana, mashed
1/2 cup yogurt

Mix ingredients together thoroughly, then freeze. These can be eaten by people too!

Banana Bites
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1 egg
1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 beef bullion cube dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
1 tbsp. brown sugar

Mix all ingredients until will blended. Knead for 2 minutes on a floured surface. Roll to 1/4 ” thickness. Use a 2 1/2″ bone shaped cookie cutter (or any one you prefer). Bake for 30 minutes in a 300 degrees oven on un-greased cookie pans.

Carob Crunchies
2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup HOT water
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. molasses
Carob chips (about 1 cup)

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Knead dough two minutes on a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/4″ thickness. Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet for 30 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Cool. Melt carob chips in microwave or saucepan. Dip cool biscuits in carob or lay on a flat surface and brush carob over the biscuits with a pastry brush. Let cool.

Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats
1-32oz. container of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of peanut butter

1. Put the peanut butter in a microwave safe dish and microwave until melted.
2. Mix the yogurt and the melted peanut butter in a bowl.
3. Pour mixture into cupcake papers and freeze.

Banana Pupcakes
2 cups water
2 bananas
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour (white or whole wheat)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 egg
3 tbsp honey

Heat oven 350 degrees. Mash bananas In bowl mix all ingredients WELL pour into cupcake pans. Bake 20 minutes. Great for birthdays! Some carob chips can be melted for frosting.

Feel free to add other mixers such as sunflower seeds (without the shell), nuts, carob chips, shredded carrot or apple. Crunchy peanut butter can be used instead of smooth. Whole wheat flour is always better than white. Extra treats or double batches can be frozen for future use.

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4 Responses to “Recipes for Healthy Homemade Dog Treats”

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im making all of them 4 my 4 dogs!!!!

Like your site and recipes. I’m also trying to build a homemade dog treat business. I have a website and I’m in the process of learning how to maintain and build websites. Challenging yet fun. Again, like your site and recipes.

Great recipes, love using banana. Fruits aren’t the first thing that spring to mind when most people think of dog food but all my dogs love them!

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