I should start by saying I am not a baker. I don’t mind cooking, but baking is definitely not my thing. However, I like knowing exactly what goes into my dogs’ treats and food, so I make an exception when it comes to them.
Due to some health issues, one of our dogs has to have grain-free food and treats. These biscuits use coconut flour and coconut oil. Coconut oil is really good for us, and it’s also good for our dogs! It has anti-inflammatory benefits, and it’s good for the skin and coat. I also include turmeric in this recipe because it, too, is anti-inflammatory (our oldest dog has arthritis).
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Measure coconut oil in its solid form. Melt in the microwave, approx. 1.5 minutes.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Roll out dough, and cut using a cookie cutter of your choice, OR press into silicone molds, OR form into discs using your hands (by far the easiest option!).
- Bake molds directly on a cookie sheet if using molds, OR bake on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, approx. 13 minutes or until edges brown slightly.
- Allow to cool fully before storing.
- Store in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator.
- Yield: approx. 65 mini bones using the molds I purchased here.
- Try these with pumpkin puree or mashed sweet potato (or any combination of all three)!
- I made these in the mold because they’re super cute. However, pressing the dough into the molds is tedious and time consuming. Most of the time, I like to just form the dough into discs with my hands and bake them that way. If your dogs are anything like mine, they probably don’t care what shape they are anyway! I bought the molds on Amazon; get them here.
- Because these have no preservatives, they will keep best in the refrigerator. They can be kept in an airtight container or bag at room temperature if you’ll be using them within 3-4 days.
If you’re anything like us, your dogs are your kids, and you want to give them the best. While you can absolutely find some great store-bought treats, sometimes it’s nice to make them yourself. By making them, you can control the ingredients, and they tend to be cheaper!
Many of my homemade dog treats include coconut oil and turmeric. Coconut oil is fantastic for dogs on so many levels. It’s great for the skin and coat, which means it helps alleviate dry skin, shedding, and cracked pads. It’s also great for the hips and joints, helping to lubricate joints and ultimately making movement a bit easier. Turmeric is an optional ingredient, but I always include it because it also is great for the skin, coat, hips, and joints.
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (or mashed cooked sweet potato)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (optional)
- 6 tbsp coconut flour
- Pinch sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt coconut oil in the microwave, approx. 1.5 minutes.
- Add pumpkin, eggs, applesauce, coconut oil, and turmeric to a food processor and mix.
- Gradually add coconut flour to the processor and mix.
- Transfer mixture to papered pan, and spread out to approx. 1/4 inch thickness (I just use my hands for this). Try to keep the edges as smooth as possible.
- Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven, and cut into bite-size pieces using a pizza cutter.
- Return pan to oven and bake an additional 18-20 minutes, or until edges begin to brown slightly.
- Allow to cool on the pan before transferring to a storage container.
- Store in an airtight container (for extra shelf life, store in the refrigerator).
Few dogs exist that don’t have bad breath. The best defense to bad breath is regular vet visits and an annual dental cleaning. Bad breath is not something to be ignored because it can be indicative of any number of medical issues from plaque and tartar buildup to tooth decay to something far more serious. Assuming you take excellent care of your fur babies like I do, they still can knock you out with their kisses. This recipe is easy to make, and my dogs love the resulting treat. And the most important part of course – they really do help with the nasty breath!
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- Small handful fresh mint
- Small handful fresh parsley
- 1-2 tbsp filtered water
- Add all ingredients to a blender cup and puree.
- Pour into ice cube tray to desired size – half full for small to medium dogs and full for larger dogs.
- Freeze until solid.
- Pop out of trays and store in the freezer in a freezer-safe container or freezer storage bag.
- Feed 1-2 treats daily.
Yield: approx. 24 half-cube treats
This would also make a great puree to pour into a Kong and freeze!