If you have a dog or are just a dog lover, then you know – dogs love their treats! But, when you buy dog treats at the store, do you really know what’s in them? Most people don’t bother to read the ingredient list and, if they did, would be shocked to know what kind of yucky stuff was being used to make them!
A simple solution to this problem is – make your own!
Even if you’re not the best chef in the world, there are so many easy recipes that require almost no effort (or ingredients!) at all.
Here are 40 super easy dog treat recipes that have less than 5 ingredients!
Your dog is going to love these homemade treats. They taste yummy and they were made with love.
1. Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Treats
Most dogs absolutely love peanut butter (just make sure there’s no Xylitol in it!) so these treats are sure to be a major hit. All you’ll need is peanut butter, eggs, flour, and water. Mix the ingredients together, add enough water to make a dough, and roll it out. You can even use cookie cutter shapes! Bake for 20 minutes and you’re done! Plus, they smell delicious.
2. Frozen Peanut Butter and Yogurt Treats
These treats are so simple, they only require two ingredients! Peanut butter and yogurt – that’s it! Mix the two ingredients together and pour into either a small cup, ice cube tray, or cupcake liner. Freeze until hard then serve whenever you want to reward your good boy!
3. Sweet Potato Fries
Who doesn’t love sweet potato fries? Well, we bet your pup does! And the best part? This is a treat you can share with your fur baby! Wash and peel a sweet potato, cut it into strips, then put on a baking sheet coated in olive oil. Bake at 450-degrees for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Let cool, then munch away!
4. Homemade Bacon Dog Treats
Another food item that practically no living thing can resist? Bacon!
“Combine whole wheat flour, wheat germ, melted bacon fat (you get to eat the bacon!), 1 egg and water. Mix together into a dough, roll out and cut into small bars, poke little divots into them with a chopstick or something similar, place on a cookie sheet, and bake. Not only do they taste good, but they look beautiful, too,” says This Dogs’ Life.
5. Yummy Gummy Treats
Maybe your dog would like something a little more chewy! This is the perfect recipe for that and it provides your dog with lots of yummy nutrition because they’re made with bone broth. Mix parsley, turmeric, or beets with water and puree it. Combine with gelatin and add to hot bone broth. Put in gummy molds, then freeze! Watch the video below for the full instructions.
6. Pumpkin Carrot Bites
Here’s a treat that you can make for your dog during the holidays. While you’re eating pumpkin pie, they can have these yummy pumpkin treats! Mix canned pumpkin, an egg, shredded carrot, and whole wheat flour into a batter. Roll into balls, then bake! Find the full recipe here.
7. Frozen Pup Pops
This treat is a great one to make your pup when the weather is hot or to give them after a nice, long run. The only ingredients you’ll need are bananas, beets, blueberries, Greek yogurt, and a carrot stick. Watch the video below for the step-by-step instructions.
8. Pumpkin-Blueberry-Bacon Pupsicles
Is your dog not into beets? How about blueberries and bacon? This is another popsicle recipe for your dog that will be a hit during the summer months.
“Get some canned pumpkin, fresh blueberries, bacon, water and rawhide chew sticks. (If you aren’t a fan of rawhides, you can use carrot sticks.) Blend together pumpkin, crumbled bacon and water until smooth, though leave or add some crumbled bacon bits. Get a popsicle mold, put three or four blueberries on the bottom, and pour the mixture on top. Use the rawhide chews for the popsicle sticks. Let freeze for a few hours. Serve with a tropical drink with an umbrella (only kidding),” explains This Dog’s Life.
9. Salmon and Sweet Potato Brownies
This might not sound like the most appetizing recipe for humans, but to dogs? It’s heaven sent! You’ll need a can of salmon, a baked sweet potato, eggs, coconut flour, and coconut oil for greasing the pan. Mix the salmon, eggs, and coconut flour together, then add the skinned sweet potato. Put into a baking pan and bake! Cut into brownies for your pup to enjoy. Here’s the full recipe.
10. Sweet Potato Banana Biscuits
Baked potato, whole wheat flour, eggs, banana, and oats are the ingredients for this yummy treat for your pooch. Mash a banana then add the rest of the ingredients, kneading it into a dough. Shape into squares and place the dough on parchment paper, then bake. Find all the details here.
11. Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Treats
Another combo that sounds pretty unappealing to humans, but trust us – your dog will go nuts over these treats. Mix whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, and mix together into a thick dough. Roll out until ¼ inch thick, and use a cookie cutter of your choice. Place shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake until golden brown. The full recipe can be found here.
12. Pumpkin Pie Cookies
If you haven’t noticed yet, dogs love pumpkin! Slowly blend an egg with 2/3 can of pumpkin and cinnamon into 1.5 cups of whole wheat flour. Knead into a dough, roll it out, cut into shapes, and bake! Find all the details here.
13. Bacon Cheddar Dog Treats
Fry bacon until crispy and let it cool on a paper towel. Place the bacon into a mixer or blender with some cheddar cheese and milled oatmeal. Once all ingredients are blended together, add two eggs and work into a dough. Roll, shape, and bake! Here’s the full recipe.
14. Fruity Frosty Frozen Hearts
“This recipe is open to improvisation, depending on what you have on hand. It’s really simple. Just put some seeded, peeled chunks of watermelon in a bowl, add raspberries (or blueberries, strawberries, melons, pears or pineapples) and blend with a fork into a pink mixture with a few chunks of fruit left for texture. If you want it smoother, pop in a blender. Pour into heart molds, cover the tray with plastic wrap, and freeze,” explains This Dog’s Life.
15. Frozen Apple Dog Treat
This recipe is so incredibly easy to make it’s almost silly! Slice two apples into small pieces after removing the core. Blend with some water until it’s a liquid. Pour into an ice cube tray, freeze, and dole out whenever you need to!
16. Two-Ingredient Treats
Here’s yet another treat recipe that requires just two simple ingredients: whole wheat flour and your choice of baby food. Mix the ingredients into a stiff dough, roll out, and cut into shapes or form into cubes. Bake on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and voila! All the details are here.
17. Banana Almond Puppy Treats
These treats are just perfect for tiny puppy teeth that love to chew on everything. Mash a banana and mix with almond butter, eggs, and cinnamon. Spoon out dollops on a baking sheet, then bake and let cool! Find the full recipe here.
18. Chicken Wild Rice Treats
“Wild rice is recommended, but any high-grade rice (just don’t ever use “feed rice”) will do. Add diced or shredded chicken, a little rice flour (you can get Bob’s Red Mill at many grocery stores), a little diced parsley and an egg. Pack the mixture into a mini muffin pan or silicone molds and bake,” explains This Dogs Life.
19. Three-Ingredient Chicken Dog Biscuits
All you’ll need for this super easy recipe is chicken stock, oil, and whole wheat flour – that’s it! Mix the ingredients into a dough, roll, cut, and bake! The biscuits will have a longer shelf life if you turn off the oven when they’re done and leave the biscuits inside until the oven cools. For softer biscuits, take them out of the oven to cool. The full recipe is here.
20. Peanut Butter Banana Treats
All you’ll need is uncooked oatmeal (not instant), a banana, and peanut butter. Use a food processor or blender to grind the oats into a powder, then mash the banana and peanut butter together. Pour in the oats and keep a tablespoon of oatmeal to dust the surface and roll out the mixture. Cut into shapes, place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, and bake. Details can be found here.
21. Doggie Delights
“Pumpkin puree, peanut butter, eggs and whole wheat flour: that’s it. You’ll need an electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or a food processor). First blend pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs. Then gradually add flour until dough is no longer sticky. Knead the dough a little to smooth, roll out, cut into cute shapes, and bake. Your dog will swoon,” says This Dogs Life. Find temperatures and times here.
22. Watermelon Dog Treats
Watermelon is an absolutely irresistible treat in the summertime, for both humans and doggies! This treat takes it to the next level, though. Put seedless watermelon, coconut milk (or water), and honey into a blender and puree. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze! You can eat them too!
23. Four-Ingredient Pumpkin Peanut Butter Treats
Not only does this recipe only require four ingredients, but it only takes five minutes to make! Place pumpkin puree, chunky peanut butter, and eggs into a bowl and mix. Add whole wheat flour and mix until it becomes a dough. Roll out, cut out with cookie cutters and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake, cool, and serve to your pup!
24. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits
“Organic flour (unbleached), rolled or steel cut oats, peanut butter and hot water is all you need for this recipe. Mix flour, oats, peanut butter and hot water — in that order. Knead the dough, roll out, cut into shapes and bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Allow to cool completely. Keeps for a week in an airtight container, up to three weeks in the fridge, and up to six months if frozen,” says This Dog’s Life.
25. Cheesy Bone Treats
More cheese, please! Although these aren’t real bones, your dog will love them just the same. Flour, cheddar cheese, oil, water, and an optional egg are the ingredients you’ll need for these yummy treats. Find bake times, measurements, and temperatures here.
26. Apple Carrot Treats
These treats are so awesome that they’re actually perfect to give as gifts when you put them in a mason jar and decorate. Choose whole wheat, brown rice, or gluten-free flour. Mix in grated carrots, an egg, and unsweetened apple sauce. Blend together until it becomes a dough, roll into balls about a ¼ inch thick, then bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown and let cool on a wire rack. Temps and times here.
27. Carob Crunchers
We all know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but carob is a great alternative! Combine rice flour, carob powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract and water into a bowl. Create a ball and then roll out on floured surface. Cut with a cookie cutter, bake, then chill. Find the full recipe here.
28. Grain-Free Dog Treats
Some people are opting for a grain-free diet for their dogs. These treats are healthy, yummy, and need just five ingredients: coconut flour, peanut butter (or any other nut butter), eggs, coconut oil, and sweet potato (or pumpkin) puree. Mix all the ingredients together and form a dough ball. Roll into shapes and bake. Find all the details you’ll need here.
29. Vegan Grain-Free Dog Treats
“This is good for dogs with grain allergies. You need only three ingredients: oat or rice flour, mashed banana and peanut butter. Mash the banana into the peanut butter. Add the flour, and mix into dough. Chill the dough for 20 minutes, then roll out on parchment paper and cut out shapes. Transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet, and poke holes in the center so steam can escape. Bake, cool and let the treating begin,” says This Dog’s Life. Here is the full recipe.
30. Diabetic Dog Treats
Just because your doggie has diabetes, doesn’t mean they’re not allowed to enjoy a treat every now and again. You just have to make them yourself! Using whole wheat flour, beef liver, and eggs – your dog will love these. Find the full recipe on how to make them here.
31. Beef Liver Snaps
Since we’re working with liver, this is another treat recipe that dogs just love. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have 15 grain-free liver treats that will make your dog go crazy! Natural Puppy Treats has the recipe and all the details for you.
32. Apple Pretzels
“The recipe may look like it has a lot of steps, but this 3-ingredient baked treat is easy to make. And, if you’ve ever made pretzels, you know they’re fun to roll and twist. You can even make your own crazy shapes. Your dog won’t care how you twist them — he’ll love the taste,” says AKC. Head over to their site for the recipe!
33. Blackberry Biscuits
Live in an area with lots of blackberries? Be sure to pick some extra for your pup! All you’ll need for these delicious dog treats are blackberries, almond flour, flax meal, olive oil, and an egg. The bake time is just 30 minutes! AKC has the full recipe.
34. Mini Omelette
Sundays are made for brunch. And while you’re enjoying your Benedict, why not give your dog a little omelette to enjoy? It’s basically like a human omelette but without all the butter and spices. Add some chicken, salmon, or veggies to really spruce it up! Find out how to make it here.
35. Frozen Meat Treats
Not all treats have to be sweet, of course. Especially when they’re for dogs! Mix together chopped, grilled chicken, yogurt, shredded carrot, and olive oil. Scoop into ice cube trays and freeze. Pop one out whenever you want to give your good boy a treat!
36. Red, White, and Blue Yogurt Pops
This is such a fun treat for the Fourth of July holiday. All you’ll need are strawberries, blueberries, and yogurt! “Made with fresh berries, these patriotic popsicles can be a Fourth of July treat for your dog. And they’ll be just as good on any hot day. As a plus, they’re quick and easy to make,” says AKC who has the full recipe.
37. Straight Up Biscuits
“These homemade dog biscuits made with five ingredients are one of my favorites. You’ll need whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseed, beef broth, and peanut butter. If you don’t have any fun cookie cutters you can use my living like a bachelor method; use the tops of your shot glasses,” says Puppy Leaks. Head over to Kitchen Confidante for the full recipe.
38. Ginger Apple Dog Treats
These treats aren’t just tasty, but they can help soothe an upset tummy too, thanks to the ginger. You’ll just need need one cup of brown rice flour, a cup of diced apple, 2/3 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Find the full recipe here.
39. Best of Breed Dog Biscuits
This biscuit recipe with peanut butter gets dogs drooling. Anything with peanut butter is pretty much guaranteed to be a big hit. You’ll just need two cups of flour, one cup of oats, a tablespoon of parsley, 1/2 cup of dry milk, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. The rest of the details are here.
40. Frozen Fall Pumpkin Treats
This easy recipe just takes three ingredients and less than 15 minutes of your time – to both make and clean up! All you’ll need is a can of pumpkin puree, a cup of plain yogurt, and 1/2 cup of peanut butter. That’s it! Find the details here.
Did you have any idea there were so many fun dog treat recipes that were so easy to make? Which ones are you going to make first for your pup?