Fresh Breath, Shiny Coat Homemade Natural Dog Treats


It's been awhile since I've made a batch of homemade dog treats.  I love making my own treats for our animals because I know exactly what goes into them, and like with our chickens, I want to feed our other pets only the best, most natural diets.  To help welcome our new corgi Winston into our family, I decided to make a batch of treats for both Winston and Bella, our German shepherd.

This recipe combines the breath freshening and digestive attributes of mint and parsley with the antioxidants in blueberries. The molasses provides energy and calcium, while our fresh eggs provide essential fatty acids that improve a dog's coat and skin, as well as building strong eyes, bones and internal organs.  The peanut butter adds lots of protein and dogs love the taste. Natural unsalted peanut butter is best to use.  

I created this recipe using a few different recipes for dog treats I found online, incorporating ingredients I had on hand. The real test will come when my furry taste testers try them.


Fresh Breath, Shiny Coat Homemade Natural Dog Treats
(makes approximately 2 dozen treats)

Ingredients:

1 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats
1/4 Cup Wheat Germ
4 Fresh Eggs
2 Tablespoons Blackstrap Molasses
1/4 Cup Chopped Dried Blueberries
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Mint
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon or spatula until well combined.  Roll out on a floured surface and cut into shapes of your choice.  (I used a bone-shaped and a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the treats, but you can use any shape you wish, even the rim of a small glass will work.)

This actually looks really good!
I used a bone cookie cutter to make whimsical treats, but you can use anything you wish. 
The treats don't rise or spread so you can fit a lot on a single tray.
Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Cool.  Refrigerate any extras and dispense as needed for happy, healthy puppies.

As you can see, these treats were a big hit with both Winston and Bella.  And yes, I did taste one and they are actually pretty good! Healthy for humans too.


And yes, Bella got one right after Winston got his!



20 comments:

  1. So cute too! I have a dog with bad breath all the time and need to give her breath biscuits so this would be great.

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    1. They would be - I just love that they are all natural, healthy with whole ingredients and so easy to make.

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  2. Recipe looks good. Our dog loves when we make her homemade treats!

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  3. I make liver snaps for my dog. Comparable ones sell for $8 for half a pound == think about $16 a pound. I could give my dog filet mignon for that price.

    My recipe and instructions are here on my blog: http://dollydomestic.com/71/homemade-liver-snaps-dog-treats/

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    1. I will definitely check this out. Thank you. Too many pet treat recalls lately ...I love to make my own.

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  4. We use a pizza cutter to cut a simple grid of squares in the dough once it has been rolled out to the size of a cookie sheet and pop the sheet right into the oven. It is super fast that way and I don't think our pups mind that they are only squares.

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    1. What a great idea! I am SURE they don't mind in the least bit that they are squares! I will do that next time - much faster and easier.

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  5. Those look great, now Boots the cat would love to see some for him.

    Jen

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    1. Oh I heard Boots the cat has been misbehaving lately ;0) I have never tried to make cat treats - not sure Linus would be open to anything but his commercially made crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside treats!

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  6. I have a recipe for dog treats that Charlie loves, but I'll add this one to my file for a change of pace. I have a people cookie cutter that I use to cut out Charlie's cookies. I figure turn about is fair play. We eat animal crackers, so why shouldn't Charlie eat people cookies:-) Thanks for the recipe.

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  7. I have a couple of dog treat recipes, but had not added mint before! Thank you for the tip! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. They seemed to really like the mint and it's nice to have dogs with fresh breath!

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  8. This sounds great!
    Could you use fresh blueberries instead of dried?

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    1. Fresh blueberries would add a lot of moisture... so maybe using 3 eggs instead would be an ok substitute? Plus dried blueberries have a lot more flavor and are chewy... my dogs LOVE them.

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  9. My senior dogs could really benefit from these treats...I will have to try your recipe and see if my dogs love them too.

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  10. That looks pretty good from here too. Maybe I'll make some for my daughter's dog. Thanks for sharing

    Mrs. J.

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  11. That looks pretty good from here too. Maybe I'll make some for my daughter's dog. Thanks for sharing

    Mrs. J.

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  12. I guess I missed this entry a few days ago, but saw it this morning looking to see if you had new pictures of Winston. Nice find to see him &Bells sampling the new treats :) I think I'll have to try them along with the liver snaps recipe posted by Valerie above. Thanks! Cowboy & Linda

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  13. Sounds good enough to eat :) Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop!

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