5 No-Bake Recipes for happy pups!

By: Dough ReMia with POV by Hype Hounds Kennel Club


WHY?


Why do we love homemade dog treats? Because homemade dog treats do not contain the same amount of fats, chemicals and preservatives that traditional store-bought treats have. Homemade dog treats contain healthier ingredients which benefit your dog’s digestive system, heart, teeth, fur and overall well-being. And, of course, homemade treats are always made with love.

It’s important that we fill our bodies with healthy, wholesome foods. Why not do the same for our best friends, our dogs? Healthy foods fuel our body with energy that makes us feel good and contributes to better health, wellness and stronger immune systems.

Also, have you ever thought about what those dog treats from stores are made out of or how long they’ve been in those boxes sitting on those shelves? It’s actually mind boggling if you pause to think about it…

We happen to love both baked and no-bake dog treats equally, but because many people enjoy the ease and simplicity of no-bake options for the sake of time, we are sharing these easy no-bake recipes with you below. (Stay tuned for more baked recipes in future posts....)


WHAT?


Homemade dog treats ensure that you know what you're feeding your dog. You have control of what goes into your dog’s body. You do not need to worry about hidden chemicals or suspicious ingredients. However, you should still know which foods your dog can and cannot consume safely. Below are a few safe "No-Bake" recipes that we think you will feel good about feeding your pup, and your pup will beg you for more!

Tip: If possible, and highly recommended, try to use all organic, unsalted, no sugar added ingredients. Store your dog treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Disclaimer: You know your dog best. If there is an ingredient listed below that your dog does not enjoy, swap it with something else that fits their diet needs. Also, make sure to check with your vet if introducing anything new into your dog’s diet.


Why we choose these ingredients:


- Pumpkins & Sweet Potatoes- easy on your pup’s tummy and adds moisture

- Applesauce- a good serving of vitamin c, fiber and added moisture

- Peanut Butter- a dog’s favorite! Need we say more?!

- Plain Greek Yogurt- a good dose of calcium and probiotics

- Bacon- another favorite! Original or turkey bacon adds a savory taste and crunchy texture

-Old-fashioned Oats- gluten-free and full of vitamin B and omega-6



HOW? Step-by-Step Recipes

1) “Sweet Treats“ (2-ingredients) Frozen Treats

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup peanut butter

Silicone ice cube tray (any shape works!)

Mix together yogurt and peanut butter. Spoon into an ice cube tray. Freeze until hard (4+ hours). Serve!


2) “Savory Sundae" Frozen Treats

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley or mint (optional for fresh breath)

Silicone ice cube tray (any shape works!)

Combine peanut butter and fresh parsley/mint in a small bowl. Set aside.

Pour chicken stock into a silicone tray. Fill each section ½ way. Freeze until set (about 1 hour)

Spoon the peanut butter mixture on top of frozen chicken stock until full. Freeze until hard (4+ hours)

Remove from silicone molds. Serve to your pup!


3) Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites No-Bake Treats

1 cup pumpkin puree

¼ cup creamy peanut butter

¼ cup Greek yogurt or milk

3 cups old-fashioned oats (divided into 2 ½ cups and ½ cup)

Blend together pumpkin, peanut butter and yogurt (or milk) using a mixer until combined. Slowly add in 2 ½ cups oats and mix well. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, form balls and roll into remaining ½ cup of oats to coat. Refrigerate the treats until firm (about 1 hour) Serve!


4) Everything but the Kitchen Sink Dog Treat Balls

½ cup pureed pumpkin or baked sweet potato (no skin)

¼ cup applesauce

½ cup creamy peanut butter

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

2 pieces cooked and crumbled bacon (or turkey bacon)

1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats (add more if mixture seems to wet)

In a large bowl, mix together the above ingredients. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, form into balls and refrigerate until firm.


5) Healthy "PUP-kins"

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

¼ c pumpkin puree

2 TBS old-fashioned oats

½ tsp. Honey

⅛ tsp cinnamon

In a blender, mix together all ingredients until smooth. Serve right away in a small bowl. (*garnish with a small dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.)

Enjoy these easy, healthy no-bake dog treats and let us know what you think. Nothing makes us happier than knowing your pups happy.


Stay tuned for more recipes, serving suggestions, and dog tips to come as we help you TREAT your dog even better!

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