Last Updated on April 13, 2023 by ellen
If you’ve been looking for safe homemade dog treats, keep reading for a simple recipe that your dog will absolutely love. Making treats for our pets can be loads of fun. But, I always worry about the ingredients I’m using. Dogs can’t eat everything that we can.
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Safe Homemade Dog Treats
There are a lot of foods that your dog cannot eat. Just a few common things include xylitol, chocolate, macadamia nuts, and raisins. While people have no problems eating them. They are toxic to dogs and should not be fed to them ever. Thankfully, there are safe homemade dog treats you can make.
How long do homemade dog treats last?
If you keep these safe homemade dog treats in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container, they should last for about a month. If you want to store them for longer than that, you can freeze them for up to eight months in a freezer container with a tightly fitting lid. Check out my homemade frozen dog treats recipes with banana.
Can you use regular flour to make dog treats?
This safe homemade dog treats recipe doesn’t use any flour. But, you can certainly use all-purpose flour in your dog treat recipe. However, whole wheat flour is a healthier choice for your dog (and for you too).
Is flour dangerous for dogs?
Your dog doesn’t need flour in their diet. It serves no purpose for them. However, it is not dangerous for most dogs to consume. However, there are some dogs with allergies that can be aggravated by flours. So, if you suspect your dog has an allergy, consider a grain free dog treat. If you’re looking for healthy dog cake recipes, this one is grain free.
What are the healthiest dog treats?
If you want safe homemade dog treats, look for a recipe that uses high quality good for dog ingredients like the one below. But, if you prefer to buy them, Plato Dog Treats and Wet Noses Organic Dog Treats are very well respected brands.
Is Milk Bone bad for dogs?
No, Milk-Bone isn’t necessarily bad for dogs. It is not made with the highest quality ingredients. But, an occasional Milk Bone treat is not a problem. But, keep in mind that in general, treats should not make up more than 10% of your dog’s daily diet. Treats are an occasional reward for good behavior. They are not something they should eat handfuls of every day.
What do I need to make safe homemade dog treats?
This recipe is super easy to make and you only need three ingredients: peanut butter, rolled oats, and bananas. You will also want to have a large mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, and a dog-bone shaped pan to cook them in. It’s very important that the peanut butter you choose for this recipe does not contain xylitol. Xylitol is toxic to dogs. Please read the ingredients list carefully. This brand does not contain xylitol.
Homemade grain free dog treats
This recipe contains oats so it is not grain free. If you want homemade grain free dog treats, here are a few you can try.
- Homemade frozen dog treat recipes (skip the treat on top)
- Healthy dog cake recipes
- Grain-free dog treats from A Slice of Sweet
- Grain-free pumpkin dog treats from A Cozy Kitchen
- Sweet potato grain-free dog treats from Making Mrs. M
So, you make these homemade dog treats with rolled oats. When you shop, please remember that instant oats and quick cooking oats are not what you want to use. Look for rolled oats on the front of the package. I look for Quaker or Bob’s Red Mill when I shop for rolled oats. Please do not use the flavored oatmeal packets in this recipe. They are not dog safe and will not work.
Now, you will want to pulse the oats in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you can do the same thing with a blender. Just don’t pulse them too fine. And, you may find it easier to mix these with a handheld mixer. If you don’t have one, that’s fine too. Just use a wooden spoon until the ingredients are mixed well.
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- 3 cups oats
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 cup peanut butter (dog safe)
- Blender or food processor
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, pulse your oats until they are a powder like consistency.
- Add the banana and peanut butter to a large mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to mix together. Or add them to your blender and mix there.
- Mix in the powdered oats.
- Use your hands and press small pieces of the dough in your bone pan.
- Once the pan is full, bake for 10 minutes, let cool and give one to your dog for a treat.
Your dog will love these safe homemade dog treats!
Ellen runs a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont. She has experience with a variety of small animals, dogs and cats. She has also cared for ducks, chickens and rabbits. Combined, she has over 20 years of experience in pet care and pet sitting.