Sometimes, we really want to treat our puppy. But baking your own dog treats can seem complicated, time-consuming, or in the summer, sweltering. But did you know that you could make some no bake dog treats for your pup?
Just like humans have no bake treat options, so do dogs! And, these easy treats are delicious, human-grade (yes, you could eat them too), and easy to make. You could whip up a few batches of treats and store them or pop them in the freezer for whenever your dog deserves them.
When summer rolls around, no one wants to bake or stand over a stove for hours on end. Instead, why not try out some frozen treats? We have a whole list of treats to make, but here are a few ideas:
Of course, there are so many other frozen treats you can make for your dog, but these are a great place to start.
These treats are similar to human energy bites, and you can use one of the many recipes that are on the web as a base. However, there are a few things to remember.
First, never use ingredients that are toxic to dogs, including chocolate or peanut butter with xylitol. There are plenty of lists that show what dogs can and can’t have, but most sugars, dairy, and even items like raisins need to be excluded from your energy bites for your dog.
Next, if your dog has any allergies, feel free to play around with the ingredients of your energy balls in order to fit their dietary needs. For example, if your dog can’t have wheat, feel free to substitute oat or coconut flour. Or, if your pup can’t handle items like cheese, feel free to make sweet energy bites.
Here are just a few ingredients you can use for your pup’s energy bites:
All of these ingredients work well in energy bites, and are dog safe as well. Of course, feel free to do your own research on what ingredients your dog would love in energy bites. Energy bites are also freezer friendly, so you can make large batches and freeze them until you’re ready to use them.
Just like energy bites, this recipe uses simple ingredients that you can most likely find in your pantry and fridge. And, unlike our regular peanut butter dog treats, no baking is required. All you need for these no bake cookies is oats, peanut butter, applesauce, and mashed bananas or pumpkin puree (whichever your dog likes best).
All you have to do to make these no bake treats is measure out three cups of oats, and 1/4 of a cup each of peanut butter, applesauce, and mashed bananas/pumpkin puree. Once mixed, you’ll know if the treats need more oats or more of a “wet” ingredient, but the mixture should be easy to scoop out and mold into cookie shapes. You can use a ⅛ cup measurer to scoop out a uniform amount of “cookie” dough.
Once you’ve measured out your cookies, you can add them to a silicone mat or parchment lined baking sheet. From there, all you have to do is top them with crumbled bacon, and put them in the fridge or freezer until you want to treat your pup.
Have you ever had a smoothie bowl? Well, these yogurt bowls are easy and nutritious just like a smoothie bowl.
All you have to do to make these treats is measure out yogurt (no sugar added, and you can substitute coconut yogurt) into a bowl. From there, you can add any toppings your dog likes. Items like fresh or frozen fruit, bacon crumbles, carob chips or shavings, and more.
If you have a smaller dog, you could also pre-portion these yogurt “bowls” into an ice tray. Then, you can keep them in the freezer or fridge until ready to serve.
For this super easy recipe, you’ll need just three ingredients: coconut oil, carob chips or peanut butter, and cinnamon. And, the recipe is just as simple to put together as well.
All you have to do to make these fudge treats is melt together equal part of coconut oil and the peanut butter or carob. Once incorporated, add in up to two teaspoons of cinnamon, and then pour into an ice cube tray or silicone mold.
Once you’ve poured all of the mixture into the mold or tray, all you have to do is freeze the fudge until solid. To keep this mixture in the freezer up to three months, it is suggested to put the fudge in a ziploc bag or airtight container.
It doesn’t have to be autumn to make this delicious treat. All you need is pumpkin puree, coconut cream or cream cheese (if your dog can handle dairy), and cinnamon. That’s it!
To put this treat together, mix ½ of a cup with ¼ of a cup of cream cheese or coconut cream until smooth, and then top with cinnamon. And that’s it. This is the perfect treat for larger dogs, but if your dog is smaller, you may need to cut the recipe in half.
Of course! Unless your dog has allergies, all of these recipes are completely safe for them to eat. However, it’s important to remember to use caution with serving sizes, as well as keeping your dog’s regular diet balanced.
Also, if your dog has dietary restrictions that require higher protein, no fat, or something similar, discuss these treats with your veterinarian before attempting to make them. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
These no bake dog treats are delicious, healthy, and easy to make. Plus, they can all be made in the comfort of your own home, which your dog may enjoy even more.
Looking for other options to give your pup, like homemade and healthy dog treats? I took everything I learned while operating my own dog business and created my course Diva Dog Bakery™.
I wanted to teach people how to start and grow a thriving dog treat business, including recipes that my customers loved. But, you can also grab the course if you’re just wanting to make some treats for your favorite pup.
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