Homemade Dog Treats Recipe
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp milled flax seed
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough out on lightly floured surface until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into healthy treat size squares. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12-19 minutes. We cooked ours for 15 minutes which made them soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Place in airtight container and put lid on when cooled. Makes about 250 healthy treats which are about 7.18 calories a piece.
Flax: Flax is not only great for humans, but it is also great for dogs. Flax helps keep skin & coat healthy. The natural oils (omega-3 fatty acids) in flax will help dogs who have dry skin and will make the coat shiny. Flax is great for heart & kidney health. Flax is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so if you have an older dog with sore joints they will benefit from having flax in their diets.
Plain Greek Yogurt: Full of calcium, protein, probiotics and vitamins that our dogs need. Calcium helps promote strong bones and teeth. Probiotics help in regulating the digestive system and battling illnesses. Vitamins are just good for your dogs overall health. When giving your dog dairy make sure it is in small amounts because it can cause some unwanted side-effects in the #2 end of things for some dogs. ..in some cases if your dog is already having #2 issues, giving them a small amount of yogurt can help regulate them because of the probiotics helping their systems. Make sure you are feeding them plain yogurt, because the flavored yogurts are full of sugar (real & fake) that are both bad for your furry loved ones. Plain yogurt can also assist in reducing gas.
Peanut Butter: Full of protein, Vitamin E and Vitamin H. Vitamin E will help protect your dogs immune system. Vitamin H is great for their skin, nails and coats. Peanut butter is also a great supplement if your dog is missing anything in their diet from their regular dog food.
Whole Wheat Flour: Wheat has been used for thousands of years and is considered a nutrient dense food. Whole wheat flour is high in fiber, a great source of Vitamins B & E, potassium, zinc and even selenium. Whole wheat can help aid in heart health, good digestion and is even believed to help protected against cancer.
Egg: Full of easily digestible protein, selenium and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Riboflavin is an essential part of your dogs overall health and helps promote the production of new red blood cells.
Honey: Can assist with digestion, help fight off illnesses, gives a nice little boost of energy, PLUS if you are using a local raw honey can actually help dogs who have allergies. If your dog is sensitive to pollen the natural trace amounts of pollen in local honey can help acclimatize them to the pollen in the air without triggering the negative allergies your dog usually has to airborne pollen (sneezing, runny eyes & noses, asthma attacks, and coughing).
I hope that your dog(s) enjoy these treats as much as my dogs. Always feels good to feed them something healthy 🙂
P.S.–I decided to sample the treat prior to giving them to my boys to make sure they tasted good and they do, so they could be a human treat too…they do lack in flavor a little for human taste buds as they taste like a slightly sweet peanut butter cracker.