Our family has become dedicated to eating only organic food (whenever possible) because organic food tastes better, has more nutrients, and is free of GMO’s, poisonous chemicals, fillers, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and arsenic in meats. Just to name a few. My dad Larry who started RadioFence.com 24 years ago alongside my mom Lori, recently wrote an article on our website about how “natural” pet food and treats that you see in stores are not truly the wholesome natural ingredients we are expecting them to be. It is more of a marketing term used to get us to buy the product without any guidelines or restrictions required by any agency for using the term “natural.” Scary right?!
Our family wants to know exactly what we’re eating and we feel the exact same way about our dogs. They’re part of the family! We don’t feel right giving them food and treats without knowing specifically what the ingredients are, how to pronounce them, and that they are completely safe and healthy to keep our loyal pups thriving for many years.
That’s how we determined it’s much safer, simpler, and actually CHEAPER to make dog treats at home! And they LOVE how they taste. They turn their noses up at the store-bought treats now and go crazy over the homemade ones. Makes you think twice about what’s in them now doesn’t it?
- 1/4 C Coconut Flour
- 1/2 Banana - Mashed
- 1/3 C Peanut Butter
- 2 Tb Flaxseed Meal
- 1/4 C Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with a spatula
- Flour the counter with coconut flour and roll out the dough about 1/4in thick. (The thicker the dough the chewier the treat!)
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. I used a dog bone!
- Place treats on a nonstick cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes for a little bit of a crunch. Bake less for chewy treats.
- Bob's Red Mill brand organic coconut flour and flaxseed meal
- Organic banana
- Smucker's brand organic creamy peanut butter
- Silk brand organic unsweetened almond milk
Step 1: Find/Purchase Your Ingredients
We live in a small town, so it can be hard for us at times to find every ingredient we need organic. I was happy we were able to find organic ingredients for these homemade treats! If you struggle to find organic ingredients too, just do the best you can! If you can’t find organic peanut butter or almond milk, make sure the almond milk is unsweetened and the peanut butter you choose doesn’t have too much sugar or any unnatural sugars. Remember from our 12 foods your dog can’t have post, xylitol and unnatural sugars are toxic to dogs.
Step 2: Measure and Mix Your Ingredients
This recipe couldn’t have been easier to throw together. With only 5 ingredients that mixed together beautifully, I was ready to roll out the dough and start making treats in no time at all!
Step 3: Roll The Dough and Make Your Shapes
The only part of this recipe that will take any time (and it still isn’t much) is rolling out the dough and cutting out the shapes. I purposefully made the recipe smaller so this tedious part wouldn’t take very long and you only have to dirty one or two baking sheets. After all, those pups are standing at your feet drooling and ready for their treats to be ready now! You can easily double or triple the recipe if you’re feeling frisky and have the time to cut more shapes out.
Step 4: Bake, Let Cool, and Enjoy!
By the time these were about to come out of the oven, my dogs could barely stand it anymore. They were drooling at the smell of them and couldn’t stop jumping up at me taking them out of the oven. I was even getting a rumble in my tummy at the smell of these fresh baked treats – after all, they are made completely of yummy “human” ingredients. And if you’re wondering if I tried them myself, of course! My philosophy is my dogs shouldn’t be eating a treat I would not be willing to try myself. I can personally give a review that they were incredible! No wonder they went crazy over them…
Laci, my sister’s new puppy, was the first out of the gate to stampede over to the treat jar and have a taste.
Of course her puppy spunk allowed her to outrun middle-aged Zoey, but Zoey was right behind licking her chops ready to try them.
Once Zoey got a taste of one, she was hooked! I’ve never seen my picky eater love a treat this much and I felt a great sense of accomplishment that something I made for her in my own kitchen was her new favorite snack.
You can’t hide anything from Jem… that hound nose sniffed these treats out so quick! I think her mouth was a few steps ahead of her nose because she didn’t even stop to investigate these treats before she dug right in.
I’m so happy that I decided to work on my goal to make dog treats because it has been on my list for months now. There’s always a million excuses why I don’t have enough time or the resources to make homemade treats for the dogs. But once I decided to do it, it couldn’t have been easier or quicker, and it was so worth it! The only time consuming part of making your own dog treats is sifting through the thousands of recipes and trying to find one that has only healthy ingredients, but I’ve done the work for you! We will be doing our best to deliver homemade dog treat recipes to you each and every week, so subscribe or keep checking back with us to find your weekly recipes! You will be surprised how quick they are to make and feel proud that you made your dogs so happy and healthy.
This recipe was inspired by a recipe from Lola The Pitty. She used regular flour but we chose to substitute with coconut flour for a grain/gluten-free option. If you substitute coconut flour for regular flour in your recipes, you only need 1/4 C of coconut flour for every 1 C of regular flour. Even more incentive to use coconut flour!