Is Fido getting bored of the same old cardboard-like shop-bought treats? Or maybe you’re getting fed up with the sky-high prices for better-quality dog treats. We have the solution for you, and Fido, of course. Homemade dog treats! It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s better for everyone involved.
Sometimes canine DIY is a little better than buying store-bought. Here in this grain-free DIY dog treat guide, we will run you through the benefits of making your own doggy treats. As well as showcase the very best recipes around. All with step-by-step instructions on how to make them, complete with pictures of the yummy results.
Each one of these different dog treats looks so yummy that we bet you’ll be tempted to try them yourself. Let’s jump straight into the world of grain-free homemade dog treats and our five favorites you can try with your pup this weekend!
5 Great Grain-Free Dog Treat Recipes
We have trawled the internet and found some of the best homemade grain-free treat options for your pooch. Not all dogs like the same ingredients, so we have included a wide selection. This way, there is something here to suit every doggy palate and dietary need.
If you find that Fido isn’t all that keen on the first treat you make, no worries. Just head on to the next recipe. So, in no particular order, here they are.
Meat-Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites
There aren’t many dogs out there that would turn their noses up at these homemade treats. What’s not to love about sweet potato wedges wrapped in meat? It’s super nutritious, tasty, and low in fats.
- 1 or 2 chicken breasts (or other meat)
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
You can use any meat that you like. Strips of chicken and beef are the most popular choices. Remove as much fat as you can as it helps the meat to dry cook. Plus, it is healthier too.
- Preheat the oven to 180F.
- Cut the potato into wedges and wrap the meat around the wedge.
- Place onto a foil-lined tray.
- Brush each wedge with coconut oil and sprinkle with parsley.
- Place into the oven for 3 to 4 hours until they look dry.
- Leave the door slightly ajar to let any moisture escape.
Recipe credit goes to the Clean Eating Mag.
Frozen Berry Coconut Treats
These frozen berry treats are both nutritious, crunchy, and tasty. They are also a great treat for a hot day because the frozen coconut will cool your pup down. His very own fruity Pina Colada! For this recipe, you’ll need a mold of some sort to pour the mixture into. Smaller bite-size shapes are ideal for keeping on top of portion control.
- Coconut oil
- Blueberries or raspberries
- Almond butter
You can use either blueberries or raspberries in this recipe. Or both if you want to mix it up for Fido’s tastebuds. The general rule of portion control here is ½ teaspoon for 10 pounds of pooch. So you’ll have to measure how much coconut oil goes into one mold shape according to your own pup.
- Melt a few teaspoons of coconut oil in the microwave or the hob.
- Coat the bottom of each mold shape with the liquid coconut oil.
- Add a small amount of almond butter and one berry to each mold shape.
- Fill each mold to the top with coconut oil.
- Freeze for 20 minutes, and serve.
Recipe credit goes to ProudDogMom.
Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Treats
Pumpkin and Peanut butter are a match made in fall heaven. But these treats don’t have to be limited to fall time, thanks to canned pumpkin puree. So Fido can enjoy these warm biscuits throughout the year. Which is just as well because they are super yummy (measured by our own lip-smacking doggos).
- 1 ½ cups of coconut flour
- 1 cup of pumpkin puree
- ½ cup of doggy peanut butter
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 3 eggs
Be sure that the peanut butter you choose is grain-free. And that the pumpkin puree you purchase is 100% pure pumpkin rather than pureed pumpkin mixed with spices for pie mixture.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients into a bowl.
- Lightly dust a chopping board with additional coconut flour.
- Roll the mixture onto a chopping board. Aim for ½ inch thickness.
- Cut out treats with a cookie cutter – any shape will do.
- Be sure to roll out the excess mixture for more treats.
- Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 13 to 15 minutes until golden.
- Place on a cooling rack to cool off before serving.
Recipe credit goes to UrbanBlissLife.
Luxurious Liver Cake
Sounds revolting, right? Not to Fido! This one is a big hit with my pooch, and nothing gets him sitting quicker than liver cake. Made with nutritious liver, it tastes and smells intense, making this a great treat for training purposes. These treats are quite rich, so only feed your pooch a small handful.
- 1 lb of liver
- A single egg
- 1 ¼ cup of potato flakes
- Beef or chicken broth
Using liver means that these treats do not last as long compared to others. They should be kept refrigerated until you use them. And they will only keep for 2 to 3 weeks in a container. They are also a bit smelly, so be sure to keep them in a bag when in your coat pocket. Otherwise, you’ll be the canine pied piper!
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Meanwhile, cut the liver into 1-inch pieces ready for pureeing.
- Place the liver, egg, and potato flakes into the processor and blitz.
- Add the broth to make a thick paste.
- Pour into a greased pan. A 13 x 9 pan works well. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Place the pan onto a cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes.
- Next, turn the pan upside down and empty it onto the cooling rack to cool completely.
- Cut into square chunks and place into the refrigerator until ready to give.
Recipe credit goes to DogTreatKitchen.
Frozen Whatever-Fruit Treats
This is another best treat for a sweltering summer’s day (and you could eat a few yourself too!) Because you can use any of the fruits on the list above, it is a great way to use up any fruit left over in the bowl that needs to be used up. Watermelon, banana, and strawberries are big hits with most dogs. You could even use veggies to add some greens to his bowl.
- 2 cups of your fruit of choice
- ¼ cup of plain yogurt
If your pooch prefers a softer frozen treat rather than a solid cube, place them in the freezer for just 15 to 20 minutes. Again, a small handful is an ideal portion for an average-sized dog.
- Place the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into molds or ice cube trays and freeze.
Credit for this recipe goes to BareFeetintheKitchen.
So, there you have it, some of the best homemade grain-free dog treats you can make for your four-legged bestie. There are so many benefits to making his treats yourself. Most importantly is that you what you are feeding your pooch is safe, grain-free, and of the best quality.
Always be sure to check the ingredients yourself. And if you are feeding your dog treats for the first time, only feed him one or two and monitor him for a day. This is to make sure that there are no adverse reactions to the ingredients. The likelihood is that he will love each recipe. But you have been warned, once he has had a taste of homemade, nothing else will do!