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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.
Healthy Homemade Dog Treats wrapped up for gifting

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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 laid out on a marbled white background

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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 treat
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 44Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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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60 Responses
    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi Goldie! We haven’t tried replacing the eggs in this recipe ourselves, but we think it should work out fine. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out for you!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Jodi! These freeze great! They also have a long shelf-life if stored in an airtight container—about 4-6 months. But if you don’t think you’ll go through them fast enough, you can definitely store them in the freezer. Let us know what Beezie thinks!

  1. Kim

    Thank you so much Cassie for sharing your recipe. My dog Strudel loves these! She refuses to leave the kitchen while they are baking. I love all the great ingredients in them. I happen to have a dog bone pan I got from King Arthur so I don’t need to roll out the dough just press it into the forms and they come out perfectly!

    1. Danielle @Wholefully

      Hi, Lauren! They should keep for quite a while if stored in an airtight container. Ours easily lasted 3-6 months. Hope you and your pup are happy with them!

  2. Rachel Newton

    Hi, I saw that these should last a few months. But for some reason mine mold after a week! And they are in a container. I had to put them in the refrigerator and then take them out a few hours before I was going to give them to my dogs. But other than that , they love them and all I have to do is say who wants a cookie and they come running.

  3. mj

    I was looking forward to making the Hearty Healthy Treats and such I purchased all ingredients. The oats were mentioned in intro but could not find reference to them in the recipe. What would amount be and do we just include them out of the package or grind them first-thank you!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ?

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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