Easy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes – No-Bake Dog Treats!


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


Common Ingredients

oatsOatmeal: 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 butter (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.


Ingredient Substitutions

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
  • milk
  • oatmeal

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

from showmetheyummy.com

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
  • applesauce
  • peanut butter
  • yogurt
  • a strip of bacon
  • oatmeal

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

from petcouponsavings.com

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
  • cinnamon
  • oatmeal
  • honey

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!


Happy no baking,

Lynne and Maui

Do you have an easy dog treat recipe?

Share it with us below!




  • Kay Dee says:

    This is great Lynne! I’ve been looking for a vegan alternative to common dog treats, and these home made dog treats can easily be made without animal additives, so you’ve answered my question already with your insightful post.

    I’m sure there is a way to make treats that are both great for dogs and humans, but the idea doesn’t seem to sit right in my head for some reason ha.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipes! Yes, these can easily be made vegan so I’m glad to help out! 🙂 Let me know if you give them a try (I mean for your dog, but I guess if you make them from ingredients in your kitchen you could eat them together) 😉

  • Emonne says:

    Wow, I didn’t know dogs can eat cinnamon. I guess you learn something every day! When I was reading this, I could only imagine my dog sneezing lol!

    With all the commercials on TV nowadays, I never thought of creating my own homemade dog treats.

    Question: Do you know why dogs throw up when they eat certain things?

    I would love to hear from you,

    – Emonne

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Emonne, It is getting overwhelmed with all the ads that are out there! Cinnamon is safe for dogs to eat 🙂 it’s only a small bit so I don’t think it will make them sneeze 😉 if you are finding that your dog goes up after eating certain things they might have a food sensitivity are allergy. I would definitely talk to your veterinarian about this.

  • Cyndi says:

    Hi Lynne, I’m like you – not too much “kitchen work please”! I’m always on the lookout for easy homemade dog treats. I’m wondering if it would work to flatten these out a little with a fork into more of a cookie shape. My dogs are old and it might be easier on their old teeth and gums to have less cookie to bite through. Thanks for the recipes!

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Cyndi, After you make these dog treat balls they are intended to be refrigerated so they will stay somewhat soft. I think they might be a little hard to handle if you squish them flat but what you could do is just make a really small little treat ball and that might work.

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