It’s getting to be the middle of summer and it’s hot outside! I don’t know about you but when it’s hot outside I do not feel like heating up the oven to make it hot inside, too.
I will be first to admit I am not one that thrives in the kitchen. I can take a recipe, we can make that recipe, and that about does it for me. I’m not the creative one that comes up with exciting new ideas in the kitchen. But, I was thinking about blogging today and wondering what sort of easy no bake dog treat recipes are out there that are simple enough for even me.
As I said, I’m not especially creative in the kitchen but there are some awesome food bloggers out there that have some great recipes for homemade no bake dog treats that I would love to share with you.
My Kitchen Criteria
Today was just a hot day and I did not want to crank up the oven but was thinking about making some homemade dog treats. I hope I’m not the only lazy one out there but I definitely have some requirements for this venture into the kitchen to make dog treats.
My requirements are:
- super easy
- require very few ingredients
- no cook/no bake
- no expensive kitchen tools or gadgets
- not a huge time commitment
Oatmeal: In scouring the net for some awesome no bake dog treat recipes it is easy to notice that a lot of them use old-fashioned oats.
Oatmeal is generally thought of as a breakfast food for us humans but it can have some benefits for dogs as well, as long as they don’t eat too much of it. Oatmeal is a great source of carbohydrates, linoleic acid (a type of omega-6 fatty acid), and soluble fiber.
Pumpkin: Puréed pumpkin tends to be very common as well, which is great because pumpkin is really good for dogs! Pumpkin can help tremendously with diarrhea and constipation. Canned pumpkin is usually the go to item but you want to be sure to get canned pumpkin that only contains pumpkin. Check the label and be sure that you are not buying the stuff with added sugar and spices for pumpkin pie. There are some brands out there that are just pure, puréed pumpkin.
Pumpkin also has a lot of fiber and beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A in the body). As a side note, never feed your dog too much pumpkin as too much vitamin A is toxic to dogs.
Peanut Butter: Dogs love peanut butter so it is no surprise to see it as a common ingredient not only in no bake dog treat recipes but dog treats in general!
Peanut butter is an awesome source of protein! It also contains vitamin E, vitamin B, niacin, and heart healthy fats.
Definitely stay away from peanut butters (or anything) that have artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, as these are toxic to dogs. I recommend going with an organic peanut butter with limited ingredients. Cesar Milan recommends choosing raw, unsalted butter.
Yogurt or Milk: Yogurt or milk is also a common ingredient in homemade dog treats. I prefer Greek yogurt as it is a healthier option but unless your dog is lactose intolerant either should be fine.
Sometimes you find a recipe that it looks good and it looks easy, but there is an ingredient in there that your dog cannot have. It doesn’t mean you have to completely ditch the recipe! Just like when you make a human recipe you can substitute in different ingredients based on what your dog can or will eat, or what you have available.
Here are some easy substitutions that may work for you and your dog:
No Bake Peanut Butter Dog Treats
From Chungah at damndelicious.net
This one requires about 20 minutes and 4 ingredients
- pumpkin purée
- peanut butter
Making these I might substitute yogurt and a bit of water for the milk. To find her amazing recipe click on the photo below.
Homemade Dog Treats Recipe
This one is still super simple but has a few more ingredients. It will still only take about 20 minutes of your time and includes these ingredients:
- pumpkin purée
- peanut butter
- a strip of bacon
I definitely recommend unsweetened applesauce, natural peanut butter, and Greek yogurt.
To be directed to this delicious recipe click on this photo below.
No Bake Peanut Butter Banana Truffle Dog Treats
The word truffle might make this one sound more difficult but it’s really pretty simple and uses common ingredients you probably have around the house already like:
- a banana
- peanut butter
If you want to roll the truffle treats in something to make them less sticky, some options are:
- carob powder (DO NOT USE CHOCOLATE or COCOA, it is toxic to dogs)
- shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- flour (not too exciting but it will make the truffle balls less sticky)
To be directed to this recipe click on the picture below.
Hope you enjoy making these quick easy dog treats!
Do you have an easy dog treat recipe? Share it with us below!
Happy no baking,