This is the EASIEST Homemade Dog Treats Recipe – no baking involved! Simply mix, roll, and serve! Your pup is sure to go nuts over these healthier peanut butter treats!
DISCLAIMER: As always, please consult your vet before introducing anything new into your dog’s diet.
Teddy (official name Theodore Charles Debth) is our 70 pound Golden Retriever … We’re obsessed with him.
Before SMTY started, my full time job was training Teddy. We would spend hours every day training together. As incentive to do a good job, Teddy would get dog treats.
During this time, I always wished I could easily easily find healthy, organic, and high-quality dog treats for the Tedster… because he deserves the best. SO, I decided to make some of my own.
Full of pumpkin, peanut butter, and just a touch of bacon, this homemade dog treats recipe is super quick and easy to make, totally organic, and can be stored in the fridge/freezer for later.
But most importantly, they’re Teddy approved! Let’s just say, I definitely had another shadow that day.
A simple ingredient list that is packed with wholesome foods and amazing flavors your dog will go crazy for!
- Pumpkin Puree – easy on the tummy and adds moisture to these bites.
- Applesauce – a great dose of fiber, vitamin c, and also adds a ton of moisture!
- Peanut Butter – your dogs favorite treat! What pup doesn’t LOVE licking the pb remnants off your finger after opening the jar of peanut butter? (Ahem see photo below for evidence.)
- Plain Yogurt – provides a dose of calcium and is loaded with probiotics!
- Bacon – your dogs second favorite treat! A little salty bacon gives these bites an amazing savory taste and chewy texture.
- Old-Fashioned Oats – a great gluten free grain for pups who are sensitive to wheat! It’s also loaded with vitamin B and omega-6.
How to make
The best part about this recipe? No baking required! Simply, mix, roll, and serve!
- Stir together pumpkin, applesauce, peanut butter, and yogurt until well-combined.
- Mix in bacon and oats.
- Roll into bite-size treats then watch your pup go nuts!
Are homemade dog treats good for dogs?
These dog treats are just that…a treat. They’re not a replacement for your dog’s regular food BUT they are healthier than some store-bought treats.
1 treat contains 84 calories, 3 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein.
As always, be sure to ask your vet if these would be a good treat for YOUR dog.
What peanut butter to use
Use an all-natural, no salt, no sugar added peanut butter for these treats. Salt and sugar just aren’t necessary to give to your dog. If you want to go the extra mile, use an organic variety. The only ingredient on the peanut butter jar should be “peanuts”.
Whatever kind you use, just make sure you use a peanut butter that does NOT contain xylitol. It’s a sugar replacement that’s safe for people but is poisonous to dogs.
Can you use regular flour?
We wanted to keep these dog treats gluten-free so I made them without flour and used oats instead.
Although flour isn’t necessarily bad for dogs, I don’t recommend substituting flour for oats in this recipe because I don’t know what it will do to the consistency of the treats!
Can you add sugar?
I don’t recommend it. Dogs don’t NEED sugar in their diet, and they’ll love the treats as is! Promise. 😉
Can people eat these dog treats?
Technically, yes. I took one for the team and gave these a try. Your pup is going to go crazy for these, but trust me when I say, these just don’t taste that good to us humans.
If you want a treat too, try this No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites Recipe. Then you and your fur baby can enjoy your separate treats…together.
How to store
Store these healthy dog treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months!
If frozen, just let them thaw before giving them to your dog again.
Can homemade dog treats be frozen?
Yep! These will last in the freezer for up to 4 months. Before serving them to your dog again, just let them thaw in the fridge!
Healthy. Easy. Puppy approved. These Homemade Dog Treats are sure to please!
DISCLAIMER: As always, please consult your vet before introducing anything new into your dogs diet.
Homemade Dog Treats Recipe
Equipment for this recipe
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 strip bacon cooked and crumbled
- 2 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- In a large bowl, stir together pumpkin, applesauce, peanut butter, and yogurt until well combined.
- Stir in bacon and oats.
- Use a cookie scoop to form into uniform treats.
- Store in fridge or freezer until your pup gets a treat!
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.
This post was originally published September 14, 2016 and has been updated to provide more detailed content.