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)
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
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.|
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!|