23 Simple Dog Treat Recipes: 5 Ingredients or Less
I’m a terrible cook – my recipes have been terrifying friends and family for years. I burn toast more often than not, my rice always ends up mushy and my cookies have a tendency to turn into one giant blob. Luckily I’ve still got someone in the house who doesn’t cower when I turn on the oven; my dog Laika.
She not only loves watching me cook (in hopes that I drop something no doubt) but eats every last bit of food I prepare, and she does it quite enthusiastically. To her I’m the world’s best chef.
Never Made Dog Treats Before? These Are Great For Beginners
If you’ve never made treats for your dog I’d suggest starting with one of these simple dog treat recipes. With five ingredients or less these can be conquered by anyone, even novice cooks like myself. And if your treats don’t turn out at pretty as they do in their photos don’t worry; your dog will love them just the same.
I spend a lot of time admiring cooking blogs for both humans and dogs alike. People come up with all sorts of fancy recipes with ingredients I’ve never heard of. They’re nice to look at but they’re quite intimidating for someone like me.
Dogs Love Your Cooking No Matter What
I love cooking for my dog. It’s great knowing exactly what’s going into her treats and being able to control portions. Making treats for your dog is a nice way to learn some basic cooking skills without terrifying the whole family. My dog loves everything I cook for her no matter what it ends up looking like.
If you’re a novice cook like me finding some easy recipes for beginners can be a challenge. Luckily there are some wonderful dog bloggers out there that have done the hard work for us.
Start With Some Simple Dog Treat Recipes
I’ve put together a list of some simple dog treat recipes for beginners. These recipes include 5 ingredients or less making them simple and easy for any level cook. From a few simple peanut butter treats to some grain free options there’s something for every dog. And as an added bonus your dog will love all the effort and smells you’ll be making in the kitchen – guaranteed.
To my friends my cooking is a nightmare, but to my dog I’m the world’s best chef. Here are 23 of my favorite simple dog treat recipes, all with 5 ingredients or less (with stuff even I’ve heard of).
1. Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Treats / Puppy Leaks
Does your dog love peanut butter as much as mine does? If so you can’t go wrong with this easy recipe. You’ll need 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup peanut butter and 2 eggs. Mix the ingredients together until combined and add water until it becomes wet enough to roll out as dough.
3 ingredients + water, 20 minute cook time
2. Chicken Dog Treats / Kol’s Notes
Laika loves chicken – these treats make her go insane, just a warning. You’ll need a cup of diced chicken, half cup of cooked rice, 3 tablespoons of rice flour, tablespoon of parsley, and one egg. If you don’t have chicken on hand you can dice up your pups favorite meat for this simple recipe as a substitute.
Five ingredients, 20-30 minute cook time.
3. Easy Two-Ingredient Dog Treats / Dog-Milk
This recipe is great for any novice cooks out there (myself included). If you’re interested in making some super simple dog treats I’d recommend starting out with this easy recipe. The only ingredients you need are 2 cups of organic whole wheat flour and 2 jars of pureed baby food. For the baby food I’ve found Laika loves blueberry, beef and sweet potato.
Two ingredient dog treats: 20-25 minute cook time.
4. Homemade Dog Biscuits / Kitchen Confidante
After you’ve mastered the two and three ingredient recipes step up your game and try this five ingredient biscuit recipe. You’ll need whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseed, beef broth, and peanut butter. If you don’t have any fun cookie cutters you can use my living like a bachelor method; use the tops of your shot glasses.
Five ingredients dog treats, 20 minute cook time.
5. Sweet Potato Fries for Dogs / Beagles and Bargains
We all need our veggies and luckily sweet potato seems to be quite popular with our canine friends. For this simple recipe you’ll need a sweet potato, coconut oil, cinnamon, and turmeric. These are a great way for both you and your pup to get in some of your daily vegetable servings – they’re delicious.
Four ingredients, 30 minute cook time.
6. Frozen Apple Dog Treats / Irresistible Pets
This recipe is simple it doesn’t even involve and oven. If you’ve got two apples, a cup of nonfat plain yogurt, and some ice cube trays you’ve got yourself a yummy treat your dog will love. My dog Laika absolutely loves these treats.
Two ingredients (plus water), freeze for a couple hours.
7. Cheesy Bone Treats / Sugar The Golden Retriever
These treats will make your kitchen smell awesome; good lucking keeping your dog out of the kitchen while making these. You’ll need four cups of flour, two cups of shredded cheese, some oil, and water – just that simple.
Four ingredients, 3 hour cook time.
8. Apple Cinnamon Dog Treats / Two Little Cavaliers
If you want to impress your dog try out this simple recipe. It’s another one that smells awesome so expect some excitement in the kitchen while you’re cooking these. You’ll need one cup of dry quick cook oatmeal, half cup of apple sauce, and one egg.
Three ingredients, 22 minute cook time.
9. Three Ingredient Vegan, Grain Free Dog Treats / Good Dogs & Co.
If you have a dog with grain allergies finding some great dog treat recipes is a pain. Looking for a simple grain free recipe for your doggie? If you’ve got a sweet potato, some coconut oil, and a couple cups of quinoa flour you’re good to go. Does it get much easier than that?
Three ingredient dog treats: grain free, vegan, 20-25 minute cook time.
10. Ginger Apple Dog Treats / Lola The Pitty
This recipe is another great option for our canine companions that have grain allergies. You’ll need one cup of brown rice flour, one cup of diced apple, two thirds cup plain yogurt, half teaspoon ginger, and one tablespoon of coconut oil. These ones are not only simply but they’re quick – cooking time is only 25 minutes.
Five ingredients, 25 minute cook time.
11. Apple Carrot Dog Treats / My Baking Addiction
Laika loves carrots and apples; these treats are one of her favorites. As soon as I grab a few carrots she starts licking her lips. For this recipe you’ll need a cup of whole wheat flour, one cup of grated carrots, one egg, and a half cup of apple sauce.
Four ingredients, 30-40 minute bake time.
12. Diabetic Dog Treats Recipe / All Recipes
When you’ve got a diabetic dog it can be hard to find dog treat recipes. This one is super easy to prepare takes only 15 minutes to cook. You’ll need a half cup of whole wheat flour (watch for gluten levels), two eggs, and one a half pounds of beef liver cut into small pieces.
Three ingredients, 15 minute bake time.
13. Best of Breed Dog Biscuits / King Arthur Flour
This dog biscuit recipe with peanut butter gets Laika drooling. Anything with peanut butter is pretty much guaranteed to be a big hit around here. You’ll need two cups of flour, one cup of rolled oats, a tablespoon of parsley, half cup of dry milk, and a half teaspoon of salt.
Five ingredients, 40-60 minute bake time.
14. Easy DIY Dog Treats / She Knows
This recipe is extremely simple. If your dog does fine with wheat and milk I’d recommend trying this out if it’s your first time baking dog treats. For this simple recipe you’ll need two cups of whole wheat flour, one cup of peanut butter, one cup of skim milk, and a tablespoon of baking powder.
Four ingredients, 15-20 minute bake time.
15. Banana Almond Puppy Treats Recipe / Pretty Fluffy
This a great soft recipe for puppies and grown dogs alike. The smell in your kitchen will be amazing while making these. You’ll need one egg, three fourths cup unsalted almond butter, one third of a banana, and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Four ingredients, 10 minute bake time.
16. Pumpkin Carrot Bites / Pawsitively Pets
This recipe is one of my favorites – it yields a bunch of great smelling, bite sized treats perfect for a training reward. For this simple recipe you’ll need three fourths cup canned pumpkin, one egg, one fourth cup shredded carrots, and a cup of whole wheat flour.
Four ingredients, 30-35 minute bake time.
17. Simple Pumpkin Cookies / My GBGV Life
If you’ve never pumpkin treats for your dog this is a great place to start. They’re delicious and easy to prepare. You’ll need one egg, 2/3 cup pure canned pumpkin, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 & 1/2 cups of flour.
Four ingredients, 4o minute bake time.
18. Salmon & Sweet Potato Dog Treats / Kol’s Notes
These treat are perfect for training because they’re soft, making them easy to break into small bite sized pieces. They’re also great for older dogs who don’t love super crunchy treats. You’ll need one can of salmon, one medium sweet potato, two eggs, one third cup coconut flour, and coconut oil for greasing the pan.
Five ingredients, 60-70 minute bake time.
19. Frozen Fall Pumpkin Treats / Spencer the Goldendoodle
This easy recipe is perfect for anyone – it’s only three ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to make and clean up (not including freeze time). You’re going to need one can of 100% pumpkin puree, one cup plain yogurt, an a half cup peanut butter.
Three ingredients, freeze time 12 hours.
20. Easy Dog Cookie Recipe / M. K. Clinton
This recipe is delicious and simple. If you want to make some good looking dog cookies the icing (yogurt) will give them a nice personalized touch. For this easy recipe you’ll need a half cup cornmeal, six tablespoons of oil, two cups whole wheat flour, four ounces plain yogurt, and and two thirds cut water or broth.
Five ingredients, 35-40 minutes bake time.
21. Fruity Frosty Hearts / Talent Hounds
If your dog (and you) loves fruit this one is awesome; it’s just watermelon, raspberries & yogurt. You mix the three ingredients together and place them in an ice tray and just wait for them to freeze.
Three ingredients, ready when they’re frozen.
22. Pumpkin-Blueberry-Bacon Pupsicles / Daisy the French Bulldog
This one sounds like the perfect summer treat for your pooch. You’ll need 1 can of pumpkin, 1 strip of bacon, 1 cup water, blueberries, and a package of rawhide sticks (for the “handle”).
Four ingredients + water, ready when frozen in a couple hours.
So there they are my friends – my favorite simple dog treat recipes, each using five ingredients or less. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference — your dog will be quite grateful.
23. Birthday Bones/ All Recipes
These simple dog treats are perfect if you’ve got some fun cookie cutter shapes on hand. You’ll need 2 cups of whole wheat flout, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 cup unsalted natural peanut butter and 1 cup skim milk.
Four ingredients, 20 minute bake time at 375 F.
Anyone Can Make Dog Treats
Even if you’ve never baked a thing in your life you can make these simple dog treat recipes. It’s hard to go wrong with five ingredients or less, and there’s comfort to be found in knowing exactly what’s going into your dog’s food. I make dog treats when we’re working on any new training behaviors – the extra focus they bring is priceless.
Give your dog a little extra gift this weekend by making him some delicious, simple homemade dog treats. I guarantee he’ll be impressed by your cooking skills; even if your human friends aren’t.
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