Easy Homemade Dog Treats Your Dog Will Love

Homemade dog treats wrapped in string.

Making these easy homemade dog treats this holiday season is a great way to get the whole family involved in holiday baking.

Plus, they’re a lovely homemade holiday gift for anyone you know who has a dog – teachers, coworkers, relatives, and friends.

And of course, your pooch will thank every time you give her a yummy dog biscuit!

Making an hypoallergenic dog treats

I’ve included tips to make this recipe into:

gluten free dog treats

grain free dog treats

wheat free dog treats

dairy free dog biscuits

peanut butter free dog treats

nut free dog biscuits

That way you can work around any food allergies your dogs or other family members may have.

Why other family members? Cross contamination from handling treats – or getting licked by the dog after eating a treat – can be an issue.

Homemade dog treats in a holiday mug as a homemade holiday gift.

Peanut butter free dog treats

Allergies are the reason why I made this dog treat without peanut butter and used sunflower butter instead.

My daughter, Lucie, has a nut allergy, so we don’t let our dog have any treats made with peanut butter. That’s because my daughter shouldn’t touch anything made with peanuts.

You see, since our dog, Nellie, loves licking people, if she licked Lucie after snacking on a dog treat made with peanut butter, Lucie would probably break out in hives. Not something I want to happen during the busy holiday season!

However, if there aren’t any peanut allergies in your family, go ahead and make up a batch of homemade dog treats with your favorite natural peanut butter brand.

You can also use almond butter. The only nut butter dogs should stay away from is any with macadamia nuts.

Grain free treats

Grain free dog treat recipes are super popular now. That’s because many people are switching their dogs to a grain free diet after discovering their dogs have food allergies.

We’re pretty lucky in that Nellie seems not to have any allergies, but she’s on a grain free dog food anyway.

She’s always done well on Natural Balance brand foods. I just switched her over to the senior dog version of their dry kibble, which happens to be grain free. She loves it!

Grain free flours: You can substitute chick pea flour or coconut flour for the whole wheat flour in this recipe for grain free dog biscuits.

Coconut flour is gluten-free and high in fiber. You can buy coconut flour online, or at the grocery or health food store.

However, it does require a higher ratio of liquids when baking, so add more coconut milk to the recipe if needed.

You can buy chickpea flour online, or at grocery or health foods store. You can also find it at an Indian grocery store where it may be called besan or chana besan flour.

Holiday dog biscuits and treats in a Santa mug, wrapped in string, and in a gift bag.

Gluten free dog biscuits

You can use gluten free flour to make these wheat free dog treats.

My favorite GF flour is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, since you can substitute it 1-to-1 for wheat flour.

It bakes up great and I use it just like regular flour for all sorts of gluten free dog treat recipes.

Check out my Best Gluten Free Products List to find more of my favorite gluten free baking products!

Dairy free treats

Keep treats dairy free: I also wanted to keep this healthy dog treat recipe dairy free, so I used coconut milk instead of cow’s milk.

Use full fat (not lite) if you’re using canned coconut milk. Make sure the coconut milk is unsweetened if you buy it by the carton.

You could also use other alternative milks if you wish, such as oatmeal.

(Oatmeal is a grain. So you might not want to use oatmeal milk if your dog is on a grain free diet.)

Again, use unsweetened to avoid added sugar. And check the label for anything your dog might be allergic to.

Homemade dog treats in a Santa mug and wrapped in red string.

Making sure ingredients are dog safe

Before making these treats, I checked to make sure that all the ingredients are OK for most dogs to have.

However, make sure you check the ingredients labels on anything you’re using to make sure your four-legged friend isn’t allergic to a specific ingredient.

Sunflower butter: This is OK for dogs to have – and my dog Nellie is CRAZY about it. However, check the label of the sunflower butter brand you buy to make sure everything else in it is OK for your dog.

Some sunflower butters have sugar cane. Some brands come with low or no sugar.

Molasses in dog treats? Many people use molasses in homemade dog treats recipes, since it’s a dog-safe sweetener.

You can use real maple syrup instead, which is also a dog-safe sweetener.

Making dog bone shaped biscuits

The trick to making cute  treats is finding dog boned shaped cookie cutters.

To cut the treats, I used a dog bone shaped cookie cutter from a Dog, Bone and Paw Print Cookie Cutter Set.

Buy a few more to give to dog moms and dads who love to bake along with a copy of this recipe!

Makes a cute stocking stuffer or inexpensive holiday gift for a coworker or your child’s teacher along with some dog biscuits for their furry friend.

Dog bone shaped biscuits wrapped in red string and wrapped up in a festive bag with a gift tag.

Gift wrapping ideas for your easy homemade dog treats

I packaged my dairy free dog treats several ways. I put some in a Santa mug, so while your doggie is having her treat, mom or dad can have a nice cup of tea.

I also put these dog biscuits in a cute holiday cellophane bag with a holiday gift tag – all store bought.

Packaging and decorating these easy homemade gifts is another activity you can get the kids involved in without spending too much money.

For example, if you have a supply of large canning jars, have the kids carefully place a handful or two of the treats in a jar.

Or you can use plastic cold cut tubs or just a plain ziplock bag. Decorate the doggie gift package with a bow, holiday stickers, or ribbon, and a homemade gift tag.

Don't forget to include ingredient info on the tag so everyone knows this homemade dog treats recipe is dog and allergy friendly.

Homemade dog treats wrapped in string.

Easy Homemade Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat or gluten free flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sunflower butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (full fat, unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together whole wheat flour and baking soda until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together sunflower butter, coconut milk and molasses. Add the flour mixture and stir until thoroughly combined into a dough.
  4. Turn out dog treat dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  5. Coat your rolling pin with whole wheat flour and roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut rolled dough with dog boned shaped cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 10-20 minutes until lightly brown. (Check treats after 10 minutes and 15 minutes to make sure they don’t get over cooked. Cooking time will depend on size and thickness of your dog treat.)
  8. Remove cookie sheets from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then place dog treats to cool on wire racks.
  9. Store your homemade dog treats in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator or freezer. If frozen, allow the treat to thaw for 10 – 20 minutes prior to serving to your dog. Treats can last for up to 2 months in the refrigerator and 6 months in the freezer.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: Makes 40 dog treats using a 3” bone-shaped cookie cutter
  • Serving size: 1 dog treat

Originally published on November 14, 2016 and November 28, 2017. Updated with new pictures and information.

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2 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Dog Treats Your Dog Will Love

  1. Kathy

    Just a question about your adorable cookies, my furbabe is allergic to wheat, reg or gluten free work? Also I have peanut butter which should be ok? 😉 ??Thanks so much..Kathy and Marley

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