3 Ingredient Dog Treats To Pamper Your Pup
If you’re reading this, your dog is probably your best friend. They’re not just a pet, but a furry companion and a part of the family. That’s why you’ll want to spoil them with lots of treats and toys to keep them happy all the time!
The only problem is that a lot of the treats on the market are filled with unhealthy ingredients, or have grains, additives and preservatives that you don’t want to give to your dog.
It’s also incredibly common for dogs to have allergies and sensitive digestive systems, so some dog treats just won’t agree with them.
This is why you’ll want to make your own dog treats with only natural, healthy ingredients to give your dog only the best, homemade snacks!
Why You Should Make Homemade Dog Treats
Dogs can have many allergies and aversions to certain foods. Most dog treats these days are filled with preservatives and unhealthy ingredients that can cause health issues in the long run.
They could make them sick or cause an allergic reaction. If your dog seems to be allergic to certain foods, then natural and homemade is the way forward.
With homemade dog treats, you know exactly what’s in them, and can ensure that none of the allergens your dog cannot have have snuck their way into their diets.
Most of these recipes are filled with nutrients, with oats, fruits and veggies for your dog to enjoy.
Luckily for you (and your furry friend), we have got some easy to follow recipes to help you make some homemade treats so that you can pamper your pup. First up is this simple, 3 ingredient oat dog treat!
Three Ingredient Oat Dog Treats
This recipe only takes about 5-10 minutes for prep, and 2 hours cooking time, so you can make these treats in batches and use them time and time again to reward your canine companion!
For this recipe, you’ll only need three key ingredients. These are oats, peanut butter and any soft fruit or vegetables of your choice. Just keep in mind that dogs cannot eat raisins, grapes, garlic, onions, mushrooms, avocado and rhubarb.
Oats are also suitable grains for your dog, and are a great alternative carbohydrate if they cannot eat wheat and are gluten free.
Oats can also give dogs healthy coats and strong skin as oats have vitamin B and omega 6 fatty acids! In addition, oats are nutrient dense, and great alternatives to wheat and corn if your dog has allergies, so this recipe will be perfect for you.
For these 3 ingredient oat treats, you will need 2 cups of oatmeal, ½ a cup of peanut butter, and ½ a cup of soft fruits or veggies such as cooked apple, pumpkin, banana or sweet potato.
The first step is to preheat your oven to about 250 degrees to let it warm up. Whilst the oven heats up, get your oatmeal, and place it in a food processor to blend it up.
We would recommend blending the oats as much as you can, but you can leave it with some in larger chunks, or with some oats whole. Then add the peanut butter and fruits or veggies, and mix together.
If you’re using a different grain, then mix the grain with the peanut butter and fruits or veggies in the food processor or blender and blend until you have a dough-like consistency.
Once your mixture is like a dough texture, you’ll want to roll it out so that it is ¼” thick. You can add a little bit of flour if the texture is not right, or if you feel like the dough is sticky and gooey.
Then, with a cookie cutter, you’ll need to cut out the treats, or just slice it up into squares if you don’t have a cookie cutter. We love using this one for our homemade doggy treats:
Then, once the treats are dehydrated, you will be able to store them at room temperature, or they will last in a tub for a few weeks.
Finally, give your pup the best homemade treats they’ve ever had!
Three Ingredient Chicken Flavored Dog Biscuits
If you want to give your dog a boost of protein and flavor, then why not try this three ingredient chicken treat recipe! They’ll go nuts for this one!
This three ingredient dog treat recipe only takes about 5 minutes of prep time, and about 20 minutes of cooking time, so you can treat your pup in no time at all.
To start with, you’ll need 1 ¼ cups of flour. We recommend that you do not use white flour, but we have some suitable flours for dogs found in the section below! So, 1 ¼ cups of your chosen flour, along with 3 tbsp of oil, and ⅓ cup of chicken stock or broth.
The first step is to preheat your oven to about 350 degrees fahrenheit. Then, grab a baking sheet or cookie sheet such as these ones:
Then, you’ll want to grab a large mixing bowl, and throw all of the ingredients in the bowl together.
Take a look at what the consistency of the ‘dough’ is like, and if it is a little on the dry side, or it feels sticky, then add in a little more stock so that you have a real-feeling dough that you will be able to roll out easily.
Next, sprinkle a little bit of flour onto a flat surface such as the countertop in your kitchen, and roll out the dough to about ⅛ inch of thickness. With the dough rolled out, you’ll want to then use your cookie cutters, or cut it yourself into the desired shapes, and place the treats onto the prepared cookie sheet.
Then, place in the oven, and bake for about 15-20 minutes. After this time has passed, you’ll want to leave the biscuits in there for them to dry out, so that they have a longer shelf life. To do this, simply leave them in with the oven off, and leave them dry out whilst the oven cools down.
Once dehydrated, you can remove them from the oven, hand a few to your doggies, and place them in a container ready to hand out whenever your pup is a good boy/girl!
3 Ingredient Pumpkin Dog Treats
Feeling spoooooky? Is it near Halloween yet, or are you just a huge pumpkin lover? Odds are your dog is too!
Pumpkin is very nutritious for dogs, and makes for the perfect homemade, natural treat ingredient. This recipe is for 3 ingredient pumpkin dog treats, and only takes about 30 minutes-60 minutes to make!
All you’ll need is 1 bag of rice flour, 1 can of pumpkin and 1 egg! First, simply preheat your oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Then, grab a large mixing bowl and mix together the egg, pumpkin and rice flour until you have dough-like consistency. You can mix this by hand, and you don’t even need a mixer or any kitchen equipment.
Once you’ve got that dough texture, you’ll want to roll it out to about ⅛ “ to about ¼ “ thick and use a cookie cutter to create the shape treats you want for your doggies. After the biscuits are all cut out, place them onto a cookie sheet or baking sheet and place them in the oven.
These treats will need about 15-60 minutes to cook, depending on how soft or hard you want them.
After 15 minutes, you can remove them for soft, chewy dog treats, but if you keep them in for an hour, they’ll be more like a biscuit for your dog to crunch.
Once cooked, remove from the oven, and leave to cool. Store the biscuits in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or keep in the fridge for a month. Don’t forget to have your canine taste the yummy snacks you made for them as soon as they’ve cooled!
Make Your Own Three Ingredient Dog Treats
Most recipes for simple, three ingredient dog treats are pretty much the same. The majority of them use peanut butter as a binding agent, and either flour or oats, along with some sort of fruits and veggies for nutrition and flavor.
For instance, you can make your own with a range of dog-suitable flours and peanut butters.
Then, you just have to choose what fruits or vegetables you want to have in the dog biscuits. The best ones in our opinion are cooked apple, pumpkin, banana and sweet potato.
Sweet potato is a great choice as it mushes well into the dough, and has that perfect consistency, but it is also a very nutritious food. They’re high in potassium and fiber, and good for your dog’s gut and blood pressure.
Simply blend all the ingredients together until you have a dough, cut into cookie or dog biscuit shapes, and bake until crispy, that’s all it takes!
Suitable Flours For Dogs:
- Coconut Flour
- Oat Flour
- Brown Rice Flour
- Millet Flour
- Buckwheat Flour
- Garbanzo or Chickpea Flour
- Whole Wheat Flour
- Barley Flour
For any of the recipes, or if you use your own recipes to make dog treats, and you are using peanut butter, you have to choose one that has no xylitol in it, as this is highly poisonous and toxic for dogs. We recommend using a dog-specific peanut butter as this will be your safest choice, such as:
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