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Easy Whole Wheat Dog Treats Homemade Recipe

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As a dog lover, I know how much joy our furry friends bring us! They deserve the best, including wholesome homemade whole wheat dog treats. That's why I'm excited to share this super simple recipe for whole wheat dog biscuits. Store-bought treats can be full of mysterious stuff, but these are made with love and healthy ingredients. Ready to get bake your own dog treats?

Copper, my dog, is the sweetest dog, but oh so picky! He'd turn his nose up at all those store-bought treats. Frustrated, I decided to try baking my own. The moment he scarfed down those first homemade biscuits, I knew I was hooked!

Homemade dog biscuits stacked and tied with red and white string, with a bowl of honey in the background.

Why Make Homemade Dog Treats?

  • You know what's inside: No worries about artificial sweeteners, weird fillers, or those long ingredient lists!
  • Customize them: Does your pup have allergies or a favorite flavor? You're in control when making homemade dog biscuits. Pumpkin puree, sweet potatoes, even a little bit of natural peanut butter – so many options!
  • The ultimate love language: Nothing quite says "good doggo" like whipping up a batch of special treats just for them.
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Ditch those store-bought snacks filled with questionable ingredients and show your dog some extra love with these easy-to-bake whole wheat dog treats. These homemade goodies are packed with wholesome ingredients you can trust, making them a perfect reward for a job well done during training, a special birthday surprise, or simply because you adore your furry companion. Your dog will love the delicious flavor and you'll love the peace of mind!

A glass jar tipped over spilling homemade whole wheat dog treats alongside a bowl of honey and a scoop of cinnamon.

My Easiest Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

Ditch store-bought treats with mystery ingredients. Make delicious, healthy whole wheat dog treats at home with our easy-to-follow recipe. Okay, this might seriously be the easiest recipe ever. You likely have most of the simple ingredients on hand:

Ingredients for a homemade dog treat recipe in a mixing bowl, including oats, yogurt, banana, and spices, on a white textured surface.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ½ C whole wheat flour
  • ½ C quick oats
  • 2 ½ Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ¾ C non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ C honey
  • 5 Tbsp water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350℉.
  2. Toss all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mush it together with a spatula. At first, it'll be clumpy, but keep mixing!
  4. Use your hands to knead the dough for a minute or so. If it's too crumbly, add water a tablespoon at a time until it holds together.
  5. On a floured surface, roll out the dough with a rolling pin (about ⅜” thick).
  6. Grab those dog bone cookie cutters! If you don't have them, a pizza cutter or knife gets the job done (little squares are cute too!).
  7. Place treats on a parchment-lined prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 18 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
  9. Let them cool completely on a wire rack before spoiling your furry friend.
A tray of homemade whole wheat bone-shaped dog biscuits ready to be baked.

Tips

  • Get creative with shapes: While dog bones are classic, don't be afraid to have fun! Hearts, paw prints, even holiday-themed cutters add an extra special touch.
  • Adjust baking time for texture: Like softer treats? Bake for 10-15 minutes. Prefer extra crunch? Go for 20-25 minutes. The size of the treats will also affect baking time.
  • Beyond basic ingredients: While this recipe is fantastic as is, consider add-ins like a small amount of shredded carrots, a sprinkle of dried parsley for fresh breath, or even a tiny bit of turmeric for its potential anti-inflammatory benefits.

Step by Step Video Directions

Storage

  • Airtight is key: The biggest enemy of homemade treats is air exposure, which causes them to lose freshness quickly. A glass jar with a tight-fitting lid or a dedicated dog treat container works best.
  • Freezing for later: Baking a big batch? Freeze a portion on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once fully frozen, pop them into a freezer-safe bag or container for a longer-lasting stash.
  • Signs of spoilage: Homemade dog treats don't contain the same preservatives as store-bought ones. Keep an eye out for any changes in smell, texture, or mold growth and toss them out if you have doubts.

Substitutions

  • Flour: Experiment with different flours! Oat flour is a good gluten-free option, while white whole wheat flour provides a lighter taste and texture than regular whole wheat.
  • Flavor boosters: A spoonful of pumpkin puree is not only tasty but adds fiber, vitamins, and a bit of sweetness. A small amount of unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana can work too!
  • Peanut butter precautions: Only use natural peanut butter with no added sugar or xylitol, an artificial sweetener that's highly toxic to dogs. A small amount is enough – it should be a treat, not a main ingredient!
A stack of homemade whole wheat dog treats with a red and white string, next to a jar of honey and scattering of oats and cinnamon.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I add peanut butter to these dog treats? Yes! A little bit of natural peanut butter (no added sugar!) is a yummy addition. Just remember, moderation is key, especially with fatty acids. Start with about a tablespoon and see how your dog enjoys it.
  • Aren't treats bad for dogs? Like anything, too many treats can lead to weight gain and displace nutritious dog food. However, these homemade treats are a healthier option compared to store-bought ones with questionable ingredients. Use them strategically during training, as special rewards, or break them into smaller pieces for frequent little treats.
  • How long do homemade treats last? Stored properly in an airtight container, they last about a week at room temperature. For longer storage, freeze them in a freezer-safe container for up to a few months. Always check for any signs of spoilage before giving to your pup.
  • How do you make natural dog treats?  This recipe focuses on wholesome, natural ingredients. You can explore other options like pumpkin and peanut butter dog treats, or even simple no-bake variations with oats and yogurt.
  • What are safe ingredients for dog treats?  Stick to whole foods like whole wheat flour, oats, plain yogurt, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol (highly toxic to dogs), and use peanut butter sparingly.
  • What makes good dog treats?  Good dog treats are tasty, healthy, and the right size for your dog. Consider their preferences, any dietary needs, and use treats as a training tool or a special surprise.

Homemade dog treats are the perfect way to show your pup how much they mean to you. With wholesome ingredients, easy steps, and endless possibilities for customization, it's never been simpler to spread the love. Bake up a batch today and watch those tails wag with joy!

Yield: 35

Whole Wheat Dog Treats

Homemade dog biscuits stacked and tied with red and white string, with a bowl of honey in the background.

Treat your furry best friend to delicious and nutritious homemade dog biscuits! With whole wheat flour, oats, cinnamon, Greek yogurt, and a touch of honey, these treats are both tasty and healthy. Easy to make and bake, your dog will love them.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ C whole wheat flour
  • ½ C quick oats
  • 2 ½ Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ¾ C non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ C honey
  • 5 Tbsp water

Instructions

    Preheat your oven to 350℉.
    Toss all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    Mush it together with a spatula. At first, it'll be clumpy, but keep mixing!
    Use your hands to knead the dough for a minute or so. If it's too crumbly, add water a tablespoon at a time until it holds together.
    On a floured surface, roll out the dough with a rolling pin (about ⅜” thick).
    Grab those dog bone cookie cutters! If you don't have them, a pizza cutter or knife gets the job done (little squares are cute too!).
    Place treats on a parchment-lined prepared baking sheet.
    Bake for 18 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
    Let them cool completely on a wire rack before spoiling your furry friend.

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