5 Tasty, Homemade Pet Treat Recipes
These days, more and more people are being mindful about the foods we put in their bodies. Many of us are avoiding processed foods and food products that contain a lot of artificial ingredients and unhealthy preservatives. As such, it’s only natural to also look into what we’re feeding our four-legged family members as well.
Homemade pet treats are a great alternative to store-bought because you can control the ingredients and have a better understanding of what your pet is eating. Plus, they’re easy to make and are much less expensive than what you can find at the store. Let’s take a look at a few simple, healthy pet treat recipes that will have Rover rolling over and begging for more.
Peanut Butter Treats
Most dogs flip over peanut butter, which makes this quick and easy homemade treat recipe a keeper. All you need to do is combine two cups of flour, ½ cup of peanut butter and two eggs. Once mixed thoroughly, add a little bit of water until it becomes the consistency of dough. Roll out, cut into desired shapes and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 350 F. Let the treats cool and then serve. It’s that easy!
Veggie Delight Treats
Most vegetables are just as healthy for pets as they are for humans, and these delightfully delicious treats are loaded with plenty of yummy, nutritious and natural ingredients. What you’ll need is a cup of pumpkin puree, ¼ cup of peanut butter, two eggs, ½ cup old fashioned oats, three cups wheat flour, ½ cup Hanover Foods Riced Carrots, ½ cup Hanover Foods Riced Broccoli and one cup Hanover Foods Chopped Spinach. Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients well, knead the dough, roll it out and use cookie cutters to cut desired shapes. Bake for 20-25 minutes, cool and then serve. Yum!
If your pooch is partial to chicken, you’ll want to give this simple recipe a try ASAP. What you’ll need is a cup of cooked diced chicken, ½ cup of cooked rice, three tablespoons of rice flour, a tablespoon of parsley and an egg. Don’t have any chicken in the fridge? No problem. Just substitute with whatever meat you have on hand. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Mix ingredients together, spoon into silicone molds and bake for 20-30 minutes. Let cool before serving and keep refrigerated.
Apple Carrot Treats
Adding some fruit into the mix can really please your pup. These simple treats call for just four easy ingredients: one cup of flour (whole wheat, brown rice or gluten free), one cup of Hanover Foods Riced Carrots, one egg and ½ cup of unsweetened apple sauce. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Mix ingredients together to create dough consistency. Roll dough into small balls and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Press down slightly until treats are approximately ¼ inch thick. Bake until golden brown and let cool before serving.
Salmon Sweet Potato Treats
If you really want to spoil your canine companion, these tasty treats will have them feeling like a king or queen. To make them, you’ll need one can of salmon, one cup of Hanover Foods Mashed Sweet Potatoes, two eggs, 1/3 cup of coconut flour and a little bit of coconut oil to grease the pan. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Stir together flour, eggs and salmon and allow the mixture to rest for 10 minutes. Stir in the sweet potato. Grease a 9×9 cake pan. Press mixture into the pan and bake for 60-70 minutes. Allow to cool, slice into squares and serve.
We all love our four-legged family members. Now you can treat your companion without having to worry about unhealthy ingredients or unnecessary additives. Give these recipes a try today and then head over to our Facebook page to let us know what your pets think!