Making delicious, healthy homemade dog treats for your canine companion is easy and you can do it with just a few simple ingredients like powdered milk, whole wheat flour, eggs and olive oil. All-natural peanut butter, preferably without any added sugars, makes for a tasty treat dogs love. Use these homemade treats to reward good behavior in your pup and you will never have to buy boxed dog biscuits from the pet store again.
Combine the peanut butter, eggs, olive oil and applesauce in a large mixing bowl and beat on low with an electric mixer, or by hand with a wooden spoon, until all the ingredients are evenly mixed and a smooth batter is formed.
Add the whole wheat flour to the liquid mixture and beat on low, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary, until all the flour is incorporated into the mixture.
Beat the powdered milk into the mixture, which will become very thick. If necessary, use the wooden spoon or rubber spatula to mix the dough if it becomes too thick for the mixer.
Place a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl and set it in the refrigerator to cool for about one hour.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, then remove the bowl from the refrigerator and turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Using the rolling pin, roll the dough into a sheet that is about one-quarter of an inch to half an inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut treats from the dough and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake the treats for 10 to 12 minutes or until they begin to turn golden brown around the edges. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool. Serve them sparingly to your dog to reward good behavior.
Store unused treats in a plastic bag with a zipper at room temperature, where they will keep for about two weeks. To extend their shelf life, store them in the freezer and thaw them out a few at a time or as needed.
Items You Will Need
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup powdered milk
- Large mixing bowl
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Plastic wrap
- Electric mixer
- Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Store unused treats in a plastic bag with a zipper at room temperature, where they will keep for about two weeks. To extend their shelf life, store them in the freezer and thaw them out a few at a time or as needed.
Leeann Teagno has been writing professionally since 2006. An English major, she continues to study information systems management at American Public University. Teagno is an organic gardener, cook and technology buff with past employment in mobile communications. She also volunteers at an animal shelter and operates a home bakery.