This easy homemade DIY dog treat recipe is one of the best alternatives to fatty, high-calorie, salty, and sugar-infused treats. If you are like me, you also aren’t a fan of baking for a long time in the kitchen. Or maybe you’re just super busy and want to bake a quick and healthy dog treat. The perfect solution is to make an easy and healthy homemade dog treat full of yumminess and nutrients for your dog. In addition to being packed with nutrients, these dog biscuits are also vegan and gluten-free. Check out the wholesome and nourishing benefits of the recipe ingredients for dogs in this simple DIY dog treat recipe that will inspire you to treat your pup.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin For Dogs
Pumpkin health benefits are pretty extensive, which is excellent for a delicious DIY dog treat recipe. Pumpkins contain around 90% water and are rich in moisture. This can help with your pup’s weight control as it promotes a filling of fullness. Pumpkins are high in fiber to promote a strong digestive system. Pumpkins in dog snacks are excellent methods in helping to soothe and regulate their tummies.
Pumpkins contain Vitamin A, which can support your dog’s immune system and vision. This healthy ingredient is also rich in Vitamin C which improves immune function by enhancing white blood cell functioning. Pumpkins are full of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps defend a dog’s body and immune system. If that wasn’t enough, pumpkins contain calcium, iron, lutein (supports your dog’s eyes, skin, and coat), and alpha-carotene (an antioxidant and enzymatic activity regulator.) Pumpkins are a healthy ingredient to incorporate within your dog’s diet and your DIY dog treats recipes and baking fun!
Benefits of Bananas For Dogs
This healthy and homemade DIY dog treat recipe contains bananas, the next ingredient full of nutritional value that is good for your dog. Bananas are rich in potassium which can reduce calcium loss from bones. This fruit is rich in fiber that can help with your pup’s digestive tract issues. They also contain probiotics that can improve their digestive health as well as biotin and copper. Bananas can also help boost resistance to getting ill. Bananas contain the mineral magnesium that supports bone growth, strong muscles, metabolism, and vitamin absorption.
And the banana benefits are endless. Feeding dogs bananas in recipes can boost their immune system and promotes their coat and skin health. Bananas help replenish electrolytes. This ingredient contains vitamin B6 which can help your pup’s brain function improve and stay sharp! This vitamin also maintains healthy blood pressure and healthier heart function. While bananas are healthy and nutritious, make sure you are feeding your pups this fruit in moderation and never give your dog the peel.
Oats Are Good and Nutritious For Dogs
Healthy homemade dog treats with rolled oats have become increasingly popular. This third ingredient is an awesome wheat substitute for animals allergic to gluten due to their low protein levels. Oats contain B5 and B9 vitamins and include minerals including zinc, iron, manganese, copper, and folic acid. Oats are rich in soluble fiber which can be beneficial to your pup’s digestive issues. This ingredient also contains biotin which can help your pup’s hair from becoming brittle or falling off.
Many of the antioxidants that oats contain (such as vitamin E and linoleic acid) can supplement your pet’s skin and liver. Just make sure your puppy is not allergic to oats (or anything of these ingredients) before making this treat for them.
DIY Dog Treat Recipe 3 Ingredients
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3 1/2 cups of unbaked oats
Dog Treat Recipe Directions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and very lightly grease a baking sheet.
- Blend oats to a fine powder with a food processor. Put aside a tablespoon of this powder for later.
- Mash bananas and pumpkin together into a pasty substance.
- Add in your oat powder from your processor and stir all 3 ingredients together in the bowl.
- Place the oat powder you put aside on the surface where you will knead the dough. Knead the dough until all the powder has been added.
- Roll your dough until it is 1/4-1/2 an inch thick and cut the treats into whatever shape you want. I like using silicone molds in fun shapes so that works as well.
- Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Once removed from the oven, allow to cool before taking them out of the baking sheet or silicone mold.
Once the treats have cooled, your dog is ready to Bone Appetit!