If you’ve ever looked on the ingredients label of most store-bought dog treats, you’ve seen things like…
- White flour
- Corn syrup
- Nitrites or nitrates
- And more…
Some even contain artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives, all of which could potentially irritate your dog’s digestion. And we all know that when your dog’s digestion is out of whack, horrible unwanted symptoms can arise, which is no fun for anyone. So how do you treat your canine friend if so many dog treats are filled with harsh and potentially toxic ingredients?
We’re glad you asked! Say hello to our homemade dog treat recipes.
Now you might be thinking, “I don’t have a clue about making dog treats! I can’t even bake ready-made cookie dough without burning it.” We get it…not everyone is a natural-born pastry chef.
But here’s the beauty of it all: Not all dog treats need to be baked. In fact, some dog treats just require you to throw all the ingredients into a bowl and then scoop the finished product onto a plate. Simple enough, right? You don’t have to be the talented Rachael Ray to pull off these dog treat recipes. We’re pretty sure that your pup is not only going to love every bite of their homemade dog treat, but they’ll appreciate your efforts as well.
And as a bonus, we’ve listed out a few ways you can mix in some therapeutic CBD oil and functional mushroom powder into your dog treats. So not only will they be irresistibly tasty, but they’ll be nutritious and therapeutic as well. Double win!
#1. Beef, Carrot and Mushroom CBD Pupsicles
This isn’t exactly something us humans would enjoy sucking on, but for our pups, it’s paws-itively delicious! Not to mention, carrots are filled with essential vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin A, beta carotene, and more. Even the grass-fed beef broth is filled with essential amino acids that could help improve digestion.
For this dog treat recipe you’ll only need three ingredients:
- 1 cup of grass-fed, low sodium beef broth
- 4.25 ounce of carrot puree (you can use pureed carrot baby food if you like)
- Water Soluble CBD and Mushroom Oil
Simply mix the beef broth and carrot puree into a bowl. Then, based on the weight of your canine pal, add the recommended dose of CBD oil into the mixture.
Then stir the ingredients until you see an even consistency.
Next, pour the mixture into a twelve-cubed ice tray and freeze until they are solid. Once they are frozen, treat it to your pup…preferably outside or on a towel as it can get a little messy! This dog treat recipe is so easy to make, it should only take you 5 minutes to prepare.
#2. Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter, and Oat CBD Balls
When the holidays hit, there’s nothing we pet parents enjoy more than sneaking our canine friends a tasty sample of all the delicious holiday fixings. But sadly, their little digestive systems can’t handle some of the ingredients we use in our holiday dishes. That’s where these tasty little dog treat balls really come in handy. In fact, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of fiber and can offer your dog digestive support. But it’s important to note that sweet potato is a carbohydrate. So it does turn into sugar in your dog’s body. For this reason, these delicious dog treats should only be given in moderation or on special occasions.
Oats are incredibly healthy for dogs to consume. They’re packed with protein, vitamins, fiber, and minerals.
For this dog treat recipe you’ll only need four ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- ½ cup natural peanut butter (be sure that the peanut butter is xylitol-free)
- 1 cup sweet potatoes, mashed or softened
- Holistic Hound Broad Spectrum Hemp and Coconut Oil
Simply combine all ingredients, except the CBD oil, into a large bowl and begin mixing. It helps if you mash the sweet potatoes beforehand, as it may be a little hard to mix if you don’t.
Then, depending on the weight of your canine friend, add the recommended dose of Broad Spectrum CBD Oil into the mixture.
Then mix, mix, mix…
Next, you can either use a large spoon or an ice cream scooper to scoop out a bite-sized serving. Using both hands, roll the mixture until you form a ball and then place it onto a plate covered with parchment paper. Put the balls in the fridge and chill for about an hour until they are nice and firm. Then serve to your trusted pooch.
#3. Pumpkin Mushroom Dog Bites
Ok, these treats will take a little more time and a few more ingredients to make, but in the end they are so worth it! These treats are packed with organic pumpkin, which is filled with health-promoting nutrients and can be an amazing digestive support for dogs who struggle with diarrhea or constipation.
And of course, functional mushrooms like Reishi, Shiitake, Mesima, Poria, and Turkey Tail are all safe for your dog to consume. They’re also known to reduce inflammation, boost immune health, and ease digestive upset. In short, functional mushrooms are superfoods for our canine friends.
So for these irresistible dog treats, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 3 cups oat flour
- ½ cup natural peanut butter (xylitol free)
- 1 cup organic plain pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 free-range eggs
- Up to 1 cup grass-fed beef broth
- 1 teaspoon Holistic Hound Mighty Mojo Mushroom Powder
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, eggs, pumpkin, and mushroom powder together. Slowly mix in ½ cup of the grass-fed beef broth. Then mix in the peanut butter.
Add in more beef broth if necessary; try and create a nice thick dough. Then, using both hands, begin forming bite-sized balls onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet. With a fork or spoon, gently press down on the balls until they’re about 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch thick.
Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are nice and golden brown. Be sure to flip the treats over halfway before they’re finished baking.
Then watch your canine friend indulge with excitement.