Homemade Pet Treats in 4 Easy Steps

What’s the best way to welcome new neighbors, celebrate an accomplishment, or say thank you? Food! And the most popular and tasty type is baked goods, which  have seemingly been a go-to treat forever. However, baked treats aren’t just for people; pets are often even more appreciative about getting them. So try your hand at one of these easy-to-make homemade treats, and show your pet how much you love him!

Fresh Breath Dog Treats

Freshen your pooch’s palate with these beef-flavored snacks that feature a touch of mint and parsley.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups coconut flour
  • ½ cup parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup mint, finely chopped 
(or 1 teaspoon mint extract)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together until the dough forms. (Note: It should be drier than typical dough.)
  3. Roll the dough out flat, about 1/2-inch thick, on a surface covered in flour. Cut the dough with a bone-shaped cookie cutter, and place it on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden. Remove the treats, and let them cool on a cooling rack.

Tuna & Cheddar Cat Bites

These bite-sized morsels feature flavors that will tantalize your tabby—like tuna, cheddar, and even catnip!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (5-oz.) cans tuna in water, drained
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon catnip

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. Combine the tuna, egg, water, and oil in a food processor. Blend until mixture is smooth. Stir in the cheddar and parsley. Then add the flour and catnip, and mix until it is just blended.
  3. Roll into small balls, and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until they are slightly browned. Remove the treats, and let cool on a cooling rack.

Small Pet Snacks

Any smaller pet, such as a hamster, rabbit, or ferret, will love getting its tiny paws on these banana-and-peanut-butter-flavored treats!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 small carrot, pureed
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup uncooked oats, ground

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚F.
  2. Mix peanut butter, carrot, banana, and honey in a medium bowl. Add flour and ground oats, mix until blended, and then knead for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Roll into small balls, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until treats are slightly browned. Remove the treats, and let them cool on a cooling rack.

Once you’ve made your snacks, store them in an airtight container. To add the finishing touch to your treats,  download these cute storage labels for your pet treats!

Try these treats and let us know what your pets think!