We Put Three Homemade Dog Treat Recipes to the Test

We Put Three Homemade Dog Treat Recipes to the Test

I always say “Roxanne deserves everything.” She deserves all the love, all the cuddles – and all the treats! She has a couple favorite treats that I know will get her tail waggin’ (Stella & Chewy’s being at the top of her list!) but I decided to switch things up this week. I found some yummy ingredients in my cabinet that needed to be put to good use. And what’s better than a Doodle Treat Taste Test?

I selected three homemade treat recipes (thank you, Pinterest) and put Doodle’s taste buds to work. Check out the recipes below, and see Roxanne’s Ratings to find out which ones she liked best!  

Pumpkin Dog Treats

About: I don’t think Roxanne has ever had pumpkin, so thought this would be a fun one to try! We had a can of leftover pumpkin puree from a dessert we made and I couldn’t figure out what to use it for. Dog treats were the perfect option! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup of pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons of softened coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of water (plus more if needed – I ended up using about 6 tablespoons total) 
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 egg
Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix the pumpkin, coconut oil, and water together in a bowl
  • Then, add in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking power
  • Mix together, then stir in the egg. Mix until all ingredients are well combined
  • For the next step, I kept things simple by using a spoon to scoop out a small amount and place on a greased baking sheet. You can also flatten out the dough on a surface and use a cookie cutter. (Maybe try out a fun paw print/bone shape!)
  • Place dough on a greased baking sheet
  • Bake for about 30 minutes

Roxanne’s Rating: 

Three out of five paws. Roxanne enjoyed this one (because she’s not one to decline a perfectly yummy treat), but she didn’t gobble it up like I expected. For anyone with a pup who loves pumpkin, this would be a five out of five recipe for you!

Banana Carrot Dog Treats

About: Roxanne loves bananas, and loves carrots. So why not combine the two? As Homemade Dog Treats Now notes, these treats “contain loads of great ingredients that promote health in your dog.” Now I’m not an expert so I can’t confirm this either way, but I can confirm they are pretty yummy! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 banana
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 whole egg
  • I chose not to, but you also have the option of adding in a tablespoon of brown sugar. 
Banana Carrot Treat Recipe

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Shred carrots with a grater
  • Mash the banana. (You can also use a food processor / blender – I kept it simple with just a thorough mashing!)
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined
  • Again, I kept this next step simple by using a spoon to scoop out the right amount for a treat, then placed it on a greased baking sheet. You can try out some fun cookie cutters!
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. (I was right about at the 27 minute mark when mine were finished)

Roxanne’s Rating: 

Five out of five paws! This was by far her favorite and she couldn’t get enough! We will definitely be making these again. 

Strawberry Peanut Butter Frozen Treats & Chicken Broth Peanut Butter Frozen Treats

About: This one’s kind of a two-parter – and it’s a super easy one! Since it has been pretty hot in Raleigh here lately (90+ degrees) I wanted to make something nice and cold for Roxanne. She loves ice so I thought it’d be fun to do a special twist. I filled out an ice cube trays with two different “flavors” to see which one she liked the best. Find out below! 🙂 

Ingredients:

I love how easy this one is, because you don’t need much! For the two different flavors, I used:

  • 5-6 strawberries
  • About a cup of chicken broth
  • 3-4 spoonfuls of peanut butter
  • An ice cube tray

Ta-da! That’s it!

Directions:

  • Blend the strawberries in your blender / food processor
  • Fill each slot in the ice cube tray with a small scoop of peanut butter. (For mine, each slot had about 1/4 of a tablespoon)
  • Fill half of the slots up to the brim with chicken broth
  • Fill the other half up to the brim with the blended strawberries
  • Put the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours, until solid. Enjoy!

Roxanne’s Ratings: 

For the strawberry frozen treats:

One out of five paws – womp. I realized Roxanne hasn’t had strawberries before, and she’s not a fan. She licked at it a little bit but then wasn’t interested – and didn’t want to try another one. Again, this would definitely be a five out of five if you have a pup who loves strawberries. And it’s so easy, it’ll only take about 5 minutes to get it all together!

For the chicken broth frozen treats: 

Four out of five! Roxanne loved these and was licking her paws clean when she finished. 

This was such a fun weekend activity – and Roxanne loved it too (no surprise!). What’s your favorite homemade dog treat recipe? Leave a comment below!

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