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Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

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Vegetarian50 minutes
Your four-legged friends will love these Healthy Homemade Dog Treats, which are packed with wholesome ingredients like oats, pumpkin, applesauce, and eggs.

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Our animals are part of our family. So much so that they often get more space in bed than I do! And sometimes it’s nice to head into the kitchen and whip up a little special treat for the fur-children in my life, just like I do for the human members of my family. Enter homemade dog treats!

Creating this recipe was a fun little project that our puppies were very happy to help test! The resulting treat is quick and easy to make, has some nice nutritional boosts for your dog, and wraps up beautifully to gift to your dog (or your dog-loving friends).

Ingredients for Healthy Homemade Dog Treats on a marbled white background

A caveat here: there are tons of (many times conflicting) reports about what and what not to feed your dog. Some people say milk is okay. Others say it’s a no-no. Some swear that garlic is a death sentence. Others say they’ve been feeding their dog garlic for years. Some feed their dogs only raw meat, others swear that’ll ruin your dog’s digestion. As with all decisions regarding the health of your loved ones, it’s probably best to check with a trained health care professional when introducing any kinds of new foods. A vet can give you a definitive “yes” or “no” on what should end up in your pup’s bowl.

That being said, the ingredients below avoid any products that are well-known doggie no-nos (like, say, chocolate!) and focus on ingredients that are generally accepted as good for doggie-dom. Just like with human food, it depends on the individual. Your dog might be allergic to wheat or eggs or pumpkin or something else. So keep a close eye on your puppy any time you give them a new food or treat. Even though these dog treats are formulated to be as gentle on their systems and give them as many added nutritional benefits as possible, they still might not agree with some pooches.

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats laid out on a marbled white background

That being said, one of our dogs has a historically weak tummy, and these treats didn’t cause a hint of an issue with her. She’s happy as a furry clam.

And as far as taste goes, I didn’t try ’em out (although I could, because it’s all human food), but our puppers love them. Rory in particular will literally stand in front of the cabinet that holds these treats and whine at the door, hoping that it’ll magically open and the whole bag of treats will spill onto the floor. She’s a big fan. And I’m a big fan of knowing all the ingredients and of saving a pretty penny by making these over the high-quality, all-natural treats I have been buying her.

Two dogs side-by-side on a wooden porch

I snuck in a few ingredients that are nutritional superstars for our canine friends. I want the furry members of our family to stick around as long as possible, and if I can give some treats that help with that? I’m all over it.

  • The ground flax seed in these is a great source of Omega-3s, which help keep your puppy’s coat and skin healthy.
  • Eggs are an amazing simple source of protein, especially for pups who may have adverse reactions to other proteins.
  • Pumpkin is full of fiber, which helps keep your dog’s gut balanced, and beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant.
  • The applesauce is full of phytonutrients, which are thought to help protect against cancer.
  • The olive oil helps get much-needed healthy fats to your puppy, and contains compounds that may help prevent cancer.
  • The wheat germ is packed with Vitamin E that helps make your puppy’s coat soft and silky.

Yeah, these little bones are big winners.

Cookie cutter cutting out bone shapes for Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

If you check the comments below, you’ll probably see lots of folks having trouble with the recipe. We heard you! We headed back to the kitchen and reformulated this recipe to be much easier to make. The new recipe is below, and I hope you (and your puppy) love it!

 

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Yield: 2-3 dozen treats, depending on cookie cutter size
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Your four-legged friends will love these Healthy Homemade Dog Treats, which are packed with wholesome ingredients like oats, pumpkin, applesauce, and eggs.

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups (372 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (75 grams) wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup (43 grams) ground flax seed
  • 3 large eggs (153 grams, weighed out of shell)
  • 1/2 cup (106 grams) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (122 grams) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup (122 grams) pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon (20 grams) honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two large baking sheets with parchment (or grease with cooking spray).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and flax seed. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, olive oil, applesauce, pumpkin, and honey until smooth.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Form the dough into a disc.
  4. On floured parchment paper, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thick. Cut shapes with a cookie cutter and place them an inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the treats are deep golden brown and very hard. Cool completely on a rack before letting your pup enjoy.

Notes

If the dough is sticky or hard to work with, refrigerate it for 30 minutes and/or knead in an extra tablespoon or two of flour.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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47 Responses
  1. YESSSSSSSSSS. Daxter and Harry thank Rory in advance.

    Also, “Do you give your pets holiday gifts?” Haaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaha. Why is this even a question that needs to be asked? They have FIVE DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS-THEMED SWEATERS. I think the answer is kind of a gimme. 😀

  2. Um, you could pretty much bet a million dollars that I’m going to make these for the puppy this weekend. I am *that* sort of crazy dog lady now.

    Where do you find your ground flax seed?

      1. Theresa Shearer

        Hi Cassie. I made these dog cookies for my daughter’s puppy and she loved them! However, I found that the dough was still very soft after mixing and I could not roll it. I drop by spoonfuls and they came out good (so puppy says!). Also, how long can these cookies be stored? Thanks

    1. Anne Temple

      I buy my flax seed whole. I bought a used coffee grinder at Good Will and grind the seed as I need it. That way the oils in the flax seed don’t get rancid and is more nutritious and tastes better.

  3. LOVE that you thought of the fur-babies too!!! Such a simple recipe, looks super easy to make. I would have to get the bone cookie cutter….too cute!

  4. Wendy

    Do you happen to know the shelf life on these? I’m having my Girl Scout troop make these and some others for a bake sale to raise money for an animal shelter. I’d like to be able to label them with a “use by” date, ingredients, and how they should be stored. Thanks!

    1. Cassie

      I made these back in December, and we still have some that my puppy is eating on. I’d say just as long as they stay in an air-tight container, they’d last at least 4-6 months. 🙂

      1. Marianne Direso

        Just tried this recipe. The batter is thin and sticky. Can’t even think about rolling it out for cookie cutters. So I rolled it in balls and flattened. I double checked the amounts of all the ingredients. When they come out of the oven I sure hope they like them. since I was impressed on the ingredients you used.

  5. Kelly

    Do you think I could skip the flax seed? Thinking I’m not going to be able to find it in the stores here.. Could I use more flour and/or wheatgerm instead to keep the proportions right? 🙂

  6. Janet

    A friend made these and gave a few to my girl. They are fantastic! My girl also has stomach issues, but had no problems with these treats. When I give her one, she continues to lick the floor for every single lost crumb! Thank you for doing the research on these ingredients. I’ll never buy store treats again.

  7. gracie shok

    i just stumbled upon your website for the first time today when i was looking up dog treat recipies. i must say i am very happy that i found your site and i will be looking at it more often. the cookies were great my dogs adored them.

  8. MaryKate Dempsey

    My 145 pound Mellow (German Shepherd) is soooo spoiled and handles it with charm and drooly kisses. He gets treats for being the doorbell and official greeter. No bone cookie cutter big enough but I have a huge yard sale collection from a year or ten collecting. Not a fan of scary clowns so I took large round clown and made large yummy treats. Mellow loves them and I have to maintain control of the treat door. Funny look at first but buried one in his bed, dug it out later and is now sure they are wonderful. Thanks. (my vet says small garlic amounts ok–powder not salt is best). It is some wheat recipe treats!

  9. I cannot wait to try these! I’m pretty sure my three big, hairy babies would love these, and the less processed, the better!
    Looks like your fuzzy-face is similar to one of mine! What breed is she?

  10. Jan

    Hi Cassie. I saw your doggie treat recipe on Pinterest and would love to try them. Does it matter whether the wheat germ is the original toasted in the jar or unprocessed?

  11. Lauren

    These treats are great! I think I foolishly measured wrong so I had to end up putting more whole wheat flour in. I did the first batch and tasted them, tasted yummy! I decided to add more of a zing and put a blob of creamy peanut butter into the second batch. These are for our puppy that is arriving this Saturday. Thank you for this recipe it rocks!

  12. Danielle

    What can you replace wheat germ with? I made these and I used a cup of oats that I ground to a powder in the food processor since I forgot to buy it and I had to make these treats on my day off…I also added peanut butter! I figured i’d ask for the next batch 🙂 they came out great and they are so healthy you did great research! Roxy and Mojo thank you!

  13. Joanie

    The healthy ingredients is what drew me to this recipe, however I had to add an additional 2 cups of flour (all purpose, since I only purchases the amount of whole wheat it calls for). The dough was still incredibly sticky and very difficult to roll out. I gave up after 1 sheet and put the rest in the fridge. I think the water needs to be reduced by half, and possibly more flour to make it workable. Hope this helps others in the future.

  14. Katie

    Worst. Recipe. Ever. If You make this as written, expect to triple your dry ingredients. My Revision would be this: omit the water completely, use only 1-2 tablespoons of oil and only 1 egg. IF it’s too dry to mix, add some water a tablespoon at a time to make the dough more pliable. I ended up using ALL of my remaining flour, flax, wheat germ AND a whole whack of rolled oats and it’s still really soft. The dogs probably won’t be able to taste the comparably tiny amount of pumpkin and applesauce in it at all.

    1. Julie

      The dogs won’t care if they can taste it or not. I have had many trials with dog treats and, they always scarf them!!!! Cook them, turn the oven off and leave them in the oven to dry out. Just looking at it, the recipe seems to have too much liquid. I think I would add just a little at a time to the dry until I got the proper consistency. But, hey! Sometimes, I am not the best cook 😉

    2. Cyndi

      I made one batch and forgot the water they turned out great, then I made a second batch realizing I had omitted the water and that batch was way to sticky. I had to add more dry ingredients to make it even workable. So I suggest leaving out the water.

  15. Brianne U

    Do not add the water. It makes a sticky mess and then you have to add an additional 2 cups of flour. Not sure if the dog will even like these now as they are mostly flour. Next time I’ll make the recipe minus the water and only add as needed.

  16. Had to put in a bit more flour or probably use a bit less water, but either way my Labrador and Beagles just loved these dog snacks! Thanks, need some adjustments but still a good recipe!

  17. Teagan

    I tried making this recipe today and for some reason the dough turned out super sticky and too wet for me roll out. I tried just putting little balls onto the pan to bake, but that didn’t work out. I went over the recipe a dozen times so I know I didn’t miss anything – I just can’t figure out what I did wrong! I’m super bummed.

  18. Lisa

    Sounds yummy but flour of any kind is not good for dogs ?
    They bloat, stomach problems, they can’t digest flour like humans.
    Alter or mix with rice flour and potato flour and or a little bit of oats. ?
    People commented about sticky….
    When rolling just add a little extra flour ???
    Remember not to give to many treats at once.
    Tanks for sharing and happy holidays ?

  19. Made this for my brothers 2 dogs and I ran out of time to do the fancy roll and cookie cutter so i did drops by the spoonfuls and called them puppy pucks. They end up looking like perfect little hockey pucks. The dogs love them! Thanks for sharing.

  20. b richards

    These treats were not good. Too many dry ingredients and not enough wet so the dough was flaking apart. I know that we can tweak this but just letting you know that the recipe is not accurate. It took me all afternoon to work this stuff out. Had the dough been right, it would have been perfect.

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