Whether you’re concerned about the ingredients and quality of store-bought treats, or just love experimenting in your own kitchen, there are many reasons to try baking your own dog treats. It’s empowering to take control over what goes into your pup’s system. When you make the treats yourself, you don’t have to doubt the contents or worry about the production.

You can avoid common allergens as well as unnecessary additives and fillers. And depending on the ingredients you choose, it’s also often more economical to make your own than it is to purchase them from the store. With that in mind, here are three simple and tasty recipes to get you started.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Be warned – these cookies will smell so good that you’ll be tempted to try them yourself. In fact, if you look at the ingredients you’ll notice that you actually could safely join your dog in consuming them.


    • ½ cup peanut butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 cups oat flour
    • 1 cup water


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Whisk the eggs together in a small bowl.
    3. Add the water, eggs, and peanut butter to the oat flour.
    4. Mix thoroughly. This is best done with a high-speed blender, food processor, or electric mixer.
    5. Roll the dough into small balls and place them on a baking sheet.
    6. Bake the cookies for approximately 25 minutes.

* For a fun twist to this recipe, buy a bone-shaped cookie cutter. Your treats will look extra professional.

Sweet Potato Fries

You’ve probably had sweet potato fries yourself, but did you know that they are a nutritious option for dogs as well? Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, which gently aids in digestion. They are also a solid source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and iron.


    • 1 sweet potato
    • Optional: 1 tsp coconut oil


    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    2. Wash and peel the sweet potato.
    3. Cut the potato into strips.
    4. If you’d like to give your dog some coconut oil, lightly coat the strips. This part is optional as the sweet potato will bake fine without it.
    5. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the fries and bake for another 15-20 minutes.
    6. Seal leftover fries in an air-tight container. They will stay fresh for up to a week in the fridge.

Nutritious Nibbles

These “nibbles” are full of healthy ingredients, yet will taste so delicious that your pooch will be begging for them. It’s a great way to sneak more vegetables into your dog’s diet.


    • 2 cups flour (whole wheat, oat, and chickpea flour are all acceptable options)
    • ½ cup grated carrots
    • ½ cup grated zucchini
    • ½ cup chopped broccoli
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ cup pumpkin puree or unsweetened applesauce
    • Pinch of cinnamon


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine the flour, eggs, and puree (or applesauce) in a bowl.
    3. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
    4. Roll the dough into small balls and place on a baking sheet.
    5. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

* Feel free to replace the vegetables listed here with ones you would prefer to use. You can also add some chopped apple if you want to sweeten the deal. After trying these recipes out, you may be inspired to create your own. The great thing about baking treats yourself is that you’re free to experiment and use only the ingredients you know your pup will love.

Remember, even wholesome treats like the ones featured here should be offered in moderation.