We enjoy making our own dog treats. They are not only healthy (as they typically contain far less fat than store-bought treats, if any), but they can also save you a lot of money.
Dogmama, a community member, shared this delicious oatmeal dog cookie recipe. It makes about 100 small dog-bone-shaped treats and keeps for several weeks in the freezer.
It has all of the essentials, and the recipe is adaptable, allowing for easy substitutions. But keep in mind that you should only use ingredients that are saf.e for dogs and that you know your dog will enjoy.
Here’s Dogmama’s recipe:
1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup black strap molasses 1 tsp cinnamon 2 mashed bananas (if you have them, no complaints from the fur kids without them) 2 cups whole oats (not instant) 1/2 cup ground flax seed (I use Bob’s Mill) 2 eggs 1-2 cups whole wheat flour Water as needed, you could use milk also. Cookie cutter (2-inch dog bone cookie cutter recommended)
Step 1 – Put the honey and molasses in a large microwave safe mixing bowl and heat them for 30-45 seconds until warm.
Step 2 – Add mashed bananas, oats, flax, cinnamon, mix until combined.
Step 3 – Add eggs, mix.
Step 4 – Gradually add flour and water until you have a cookie dough consistency and a good dough-to-oats ratio.
Step 5 – I roll out my dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut it out with a 2-inch dog bone cookie cutter. You could also roll them out by hand and flatten them into cookies. They don’t spread, and I just put them on a cookie sheet to keep them from sticking together.
Step 6 – To make them crispy, I bake them at 375°F for about 30 minutes. If your dog prefers them softer, cook them for a shorter period of time. I store them in the cookie jar for 2-3 weeks if crispy, and 1-2 weeks if soft.
I’m not a big fan of measuring things, but this should be close. I avoid using the Kitchen Aide because it tends to make a mess, so I mix by hand. You could use rice flour or any other substitute for dogs who are allergic to wheat. Applesauce, Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Stock, whatever I have on hand, as long as it’s dog-friendly, is fair game.