7 Healthy Dog Treat Recipes!

Your Cocker Spaniel will love our healthy dog treat recipes. They're delicious! Homemade dog biscuits are more nutritious and they're so easy to make too! Why not try them and see? You're dog will love you for it!

Homemade Dog Treats Are Best!

Make sure you know exactly what goes into your dog's treats by making your own. What follows is a selection of our delicious healthy dog treat recipes that we think your Cocker will love. Enjoy!

Yummy Banana Dog Treats  

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons of peanut butter (preferably with no added salt or sugar)
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 2 cups of gram flour* 
Healthy black cocker spaniel jumping high on the beach.Banana Dog Treats - Yummy!

Instructions:

  1. Switch on your oven and preheat to 300° F / 150° C.

  2. Cover a baking tray with floured parchment.

  3. Place the banana, peanut butter, and egg in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. 

  4. Fold in the gram flour until you have a (fairly wet) dough. 

  5. Turn out the dough onto a floured board and roll out to around 1/4" thick. The dough will be fairly sticky but just keep flouring the board and you should be okay. 

  6. Using your favorite cookie cutter, cut out as many shapes as you can before rolling the dough and starting again. 

    If you're finding the mixture difficult to work with you can use a teaspoon to place a small amount on the baking parchment (use your little finger to get it off the teaspoon) and then, using the back of another teaspoon, flatten the dollop of mixture. 

    If the mixture sticks to the teaspoon, try dipping it into water first. Alternatively, you could use a floured wooden spoon.

  7. Set the timer for 35 minutes. When the time's up, check to see how they're doing. If they're still a bit pale, cook them for longer, until they're golden brown. This may take another few minutes, but keep an eye on them. 

  8. When they're ready, remove them from the oven and place each one carefully onto a cooling rack.

These delicious grain free dog treats can be kept for around 10 days in an air-tight tub in the fridge. You can also freeze them for up to three months, although they never last that long in our house!

* Gram flour is made from chickpeas and used in many Asian countries. It's easily available, but if you can't find it, try your local Asian food store or deli.

Alternatively, you can grind them down yourself in your food processor.

If you have a few healthy dog treat recipes of your own, please share them!

Healthy Dog Treat Recipe: Sweet Potato Dog Treats 

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (without added sugar or salt)
  • 1.5 tablespoons flax 
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour 
  • 2 tablespoons of water
Cute black cocker spaniel puppy looking into the camera lens.

Instructions:

  1. Set your oven to 350° F / 176° C.

  2. Line a baking tray with parchment or oiled aluminium foil.

  3. Put the flax into a small bowl and add the water. Give it a quick stir and then let it stand to allow the mixture to thicken to a paste.

  4. Cut the potatoes into small, even pieces and boil until tender. Drain and then mash. 

  5. Combine all ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed.

  6. Dollop small amounts of dough directly onto the baking parchment and flatten slightly.

  7. Bake for around 40 minutes and then check them. If they need longer, leave them for another 10 minutes or so. 

  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on a rack.

These sweet potato dog treats can be kept fresh in the fridge in a zip lock bag or an airtight container.

If you have a few healthy dog treat recipes of your own, please share them!

Savoury Chicken & Pumpkin Bites: Grain Free Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup flaxmeal
  • 2 large eggs (gently beaten)
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin 
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (you can use beef or lamb if you prefer)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F / 176° C

  2. Line two baking sheets with greasproof paper (parchment) or lightly oiled alumininum foil.

  3. Put the flour and the flaxmeal into a large bowl and mix gently.

  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

  5. Scoop dollops of the thick mixture onto the lined baking sheet. Press down using the back of a tablespoon until each is about 1/4" thick.

  6. Bake the treats for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn each one over before returning to the oven for another 18 minutes. Check to see if they're golden and crisp. If you feel they need another 5 minutes or so, that's okay.

  7. When they're ready, turn out onto a cooling rack. When they've lost all heat and are perfectly cool, place them in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.

These healthy dog treats can be frozen too, so if you make a couple of batches, you can freeze some and keep some handy for your dog!

If you have any homemade dog treat recipes of your own, please share them!

Healthy Beef 'n' Carrot Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 of cup potato starch 
  • 1 of cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter (no added salt or sugar)
  • 1/4 cup of beef stock (or chicken/lamb/vegetable)

Instructions:

  1. Set the oven to 350° F / 176° C.

  2. Cover a baking sheet with grease-proof paper or oiled aluminium foil.

  3. Using a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: potato starch, almond flour, and baking powder and mix together thoroughly.

  4. In a separate bowl, carefully mix together the oil, peanut butter, beef stock and grated carrots.

  5. Tip the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until it forms a firm dough. Cover with cling film to stop it drying out and place in the fridge to cool - 20 minutes should do it. 

  6. Using a floured (potato starch) board, roll out and cut your desired shapes, placing each one on the parchment as you go.

  7. Bake in the oven for between 20 and 25 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.

  8. Remove from the oven and place the cookies on a cooling tray and allow to cool.

Max loves these beef and carrot treats. I think it's the peanut butter in them - he'll do anything for peanut butter! 

They last in the fridge for up to 10 days (slightly more if they're kept in a polythene zip-lock bag). They can be frozen too. 

If you have a few healthy dog treat recipes of your own, please share them!

Cheddar Cheese Bites

My Cocker absolutely loves cheese! I don't give him these often (he's watching his waistline!) but when I do, he goes mad for them.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped vegetables (peas and carrot for colour?)
  • 1 cup of oat flour
  • Add just enough milk to bring all the ingredients together.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F / 176° C

  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until you have a sticky dough.

  3. Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge for 45 minutes to chill.

  4. Roll out onto a floured board and cut into shapes.

  5. Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes. I recommend you check them after 15 minutes and if they're not quite golden, leave them for 5 minutes or so.

Enjoy!

If you have a few healthy dog biscuit recipes of your own, please share them!

Banana & Peanut Butter Frozen Dog Treats

And if your Cocker Spaniel has a sweet tooth, this tasty but health recipe is for him!

Tip: This healthy dog treat recipe can be amended to use Greek yogurt and a teaspoon or two of honey if you choose.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3 tbs peanut butter (preferably without added salt or sugar)
  • 24 oz. zero or low-fat vanilla yogurt.

Instructions:

  1. Place the peanut butter in a glass bowl and soften in the microwave.

  2. Mash the bananas and add to the peanut butter mixture.

  3. Add the yoghurt and mix well.

  4. Spoon into ice cube trays and freeze

If you're short on ice cube trays, the frozen treats can be removed from the tray and popped into a freezer bag.

If you have a few healthy dog treat recipes of your own, please share them!

Homemade Dog Treats: Why Make Your Own?

Dog food allergies are on the increase and causing a lot of needless suffering for our pets.

The culprit is often the fillers used in dog food and dog treats such as wheat, barley, corn and rice. Fillers are used because they're cheap!

You can buy grain free dog treats, and whilst they're good for your pet, they tend to be very expensive.

If your dog has a food allergy or you simply want him to eat more healthily, why not try one or more of our healthy dog treat recipes.They're quick and easy and they won't break the bank!

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes: Summary

Many years ago dogs were fed on scraps from the dinner table. There was no such thing as 'Gourmet dog food' back then.

Today, however, there is a whole lucrative industry surviving on the production of pet food. Much of this is good, wholesome, healthy dog food, but unfortunately not all of it comes up to standard and there have been many dog food recalls over the years. 

Manufacturers have been forced to improve their dog food products and there's a wide selection available. This can sometimes make it difficult to choose what's best for your dog.

A good place to start is to look at the food manufacturer's ingredients label to be sure you're feeding your Cocker Spaniel exactly what he needs. If you're not sure what's best for your pet, you can always check with your vet. He or she may even recommend some healthy dog treat recipes of their own!


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