These crispy and flavorful dog biscuits are easy to make with only 2 simple ingredients. Best of all, these homemade dog treats contain no peanut butter!
Easy Homemade Dog Treats
Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on dog treats that you buy at the store?? I don’t even know what some of those ingredients are! And that probably means that it’s not the best thing to feed your pet.
So why not make your own dog treats?!
If you’ve ever looked up homemade dog treat recipes, you might notice what I did…some of them are just as complicated as people food recipes! Also, some of them have ingredients that I’m not sure dogs truly like…or are that great for dogs…such as peanut butter. I’ve also seen cinnamon and nutmeg used to add flavor, but really those aren’t needed either. And in large amounts, certain spices aren’t good for dogs.
I wanted to create an easy dog biscuit recipe that doesn’t need a bunch of ingredients. And I wanted it to be something that wasn’t unhealthy. I mean, of course a treat is meant to be a special occasion snack, but I still want to make sure that it’s not something bad for my dog!
You guys…I’m so excited about these homemade dog snacks!
These homemade dog biscuits are as easy as it gets — only 2 ingredients! Yep, just TWO!!
Just mix, roll, and bake! Your pup is gonna love these!!
Why I Love These Homemade Dog Treats
- Made with vegetables — While vegetables aren’t the staple of a dog’s diet, they do provide health benefits! Sweet potatoes contain numerous vitamins and minerals.
- Only 2 simple, real food ingredients!
- No special equipment needed, such as a mixer or food processor.
- Dairy free, no eggs, and no peanut butter!
Why Can’t Dogs Have Peanut Butter?
Generally, most dogs can eat peanut butter in small amounts, with no major side effects.
However, peanut butter is known to cause digestive issues and stomach upset in some dogs. Enough so that many pet owners frequently seek out treats that do not contain peanut butter.
Another issue with peanut butter is that it is high fat and high calorie. If you have an active dog, this may not be a problem. However, like their owners, many dogs live fairly sedentary lives, especially indoor pets. If your dog has a weight issue, peanut butter is a food that should be avoided.
It is also important to note that peanut butter is sometimes made using xylitol, an artificial sweetener and sugar substitute which is toxic to dogs. Always, always, always check the ingredients list!
In any case, peanut butter is one of those things that we skip feeding our pets altogether.
Did You Know: Grapes and raisins are a surprising food that should not be fed to dogs, as they are toxic.
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- 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 8 ounces Sweet Potato Puree (we used baby food, so it was 2 jars)
TIP: You can also use pumpkin puree in place of the sweet potato, if that’s what you have on hand. The two are fairly similar in flavor and consistency.
Kitchen Tools Used
- Cookie sheet
- Wire cooling rack
- Non-stick silicone baking mats
- Large mixing bowl and whisk
- Dog Bone Cookie Cutters
- Preheat oven to 350° F and coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. You could also line with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk to blend the 2 cups of flour and sweet potato puree. If this mixture is too thick to stir effectively, you can add up to a Tablespoon of water.
- Once you have a ball of dough, roll the dough out on a floured surface. Use a rolling pin, just like you would if you were making cookies. You’ll want the sheet of dough to be about 1/2″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits.
- Place the biscuits on your prepared pan, with a little space between each one. and place evenly on pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and there is no visible moisture. Do not burn.
Cool completely on a wire rack before transferring to a storage container.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Treats Can I Give My Dog?
Treats for pets are just like treats for us humans — they are meant to be enjoyed in moderation. The name “treat” says it all!
It’s perfectly fine to give your dog a couple treats a day, and your dog will surely love it! However, they’re not meant to replace a meal or their dog food. Treats should not be more than 10% of their daily intake and it is never recommended to feed them junk food or people food. Hence, why we made our own nutritious snacks designed just for our furry friends!
Treats can also be helpful when training your dog, as motivation or positive reinforcement. Because you’ll probably need more than one or two treats for training, I recommend breaking the biscuits up into smaller pieces. That way you have plenty to give when working on a new skill.
How Many Biscuits Does This Recipe Yield?
The exact yield for this recipe depends on the size of the cookie cutter used. We used a small heart shaped cookie cutter and were able to make over 50 biscuits.
A bone shaped cookie cutter would also be super cute!
How Long Do Homemade Dog Biscuits Last?
Because they are made with sweet potato puree, there is a little moisture in these dog treats. They are also made without added preservatives. While this is a good thing for your pup, it does mean that your homemade treats won’t last as long as store-bought, packaged treats.
To make your biscuits last as long as possible, you want to make sure that you bake out as much moisture as you can, without burning the biscuits.
Storing them in an airtight container or a zip-top bag is helpful. If using a bag, you can squeeze out most of the air, which helps prevent moisture and mold.
Finally, if keeping them for more than a couple days, you’ll want to store your dog treats in the refrigerator. Keeping them refrigerated will help your homemade dog treats stay fresh for up to a week or even longer.
Always check for signs of mold before feeding them to your pet. Remember, since these are homemade with fresh ingredients and no added chemical preservatives, they will eventually mold. Fortunately, it’s easy to whip up a new batch!
Can You Freeze Homemade Dog Treats?
Since this does make a fairly big batch, you may want to freeze the biscuits so they will last longer. Especially if you don’t think you’ll use them all within a week.
To freeze, place the treats in a freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. They will last in the freezer for up to 6 months.
When ready to serve, allow to thaw at room temperature until soft.
Is Whole Wheat Flour Safe for Dogs?
Can dogs eat whole wheat flour? Sure! Again, just like for people, whole wheat flour contains more fiber and is preferable to white flour, which is why we used the whole grain for our recipe.
It is possible for dogs to have gluten sensitivity, and wheat does contain gluten. If your dog has a gluten or wheat sensitivity or allergy, you may want to substitute with gluten free flour. An all-purpose gluten-free flour can be substituted cup for cup with the whole wheat flour.
Other non-wheat flours can be used, such as oat flour or brown rice flour. However, these may have a different consistency and require slightly different baking times. It may take a bit of trial and error if you are planning to substitute flours. Since I have not tried them all, I’d love to hear how it works out for you in the comments if you do!
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2-Ingredient Homemade Dog Treats
- 1 Baking sheet
- 1 Large Mixing Bowl
- 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 8 oz. Sweet Potato Puree
- Preheat oven to 350°F and coat a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
- Whisk together whole wheat flour and sweet potato in a large bowl. If the mixture is too thick to stir, add up to a Tablespoon of water.
- On lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/2" thickness. Use a cookie cutter to create biscuits.
- Place the biscuits on your prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
- Store in airtight bag or container.
Note: I’m not a vet myself, but I’ve raised lots of animals throughout my life and I try to make sure they get the healthiest food that’s within my budget. If you have any specific questions regarding your pet’s nutrition, please consult your veterinarian.
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