I’m not going to lie – when it comes to cooking dinner, I’m a terrible cook. I burn toast more often than I turn on the toaster, my rice always sticks together and my cookies tend to turn into one giant lump. But there is one kind of cooking that I always succeed in making dog treats.
Every weekend I try a new treat recipe and my dog loves the process from start to finish. My cooking may make my friends run away to the mountains, but to my dog, I am the greatest cook in the world. Dogs are so amazing 🙂
And since I’ve made so many different treat recipes over the years, I decided to make a list of my favorite foods. So if you want to make some treats for your dog, here are 25 easy recipes to choose from that are made with 5 ingredients or less .
25 Easy Dog Treats Made with 5 Ingredients or Less
1. Peanut butter
Does your dog love peanut butter as much as mine? If so, you can’t go wrong with this easy treat recipe. You will need 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup peanut butter and 2 eggs. Blend the ingredients together until smooth, then add water until the mixture is elastic enough to roll out.
3 ingredients + water, prep time 20 minutes . Detailed recipe .
2. Treat with chicken
Dog loves chicken and these homemade dog treats are making him go crazy – we’re just warning you. You will need a cup of diced chicken, half a cup of boiled rice, 3 tablespoons of rice flour, a tablespoon of parsley, and one egg.
Five ingredients, 20-30 minute prep time. Detailed recipe .
3. Light two-component treats
This delicacy recipe is perfect for beginner cooks (myself included). If you’re interested in making some super easy dog treats, I would recommend starting with this simple recipe. The only ingredients you need are 2 cups organic whole wheat flour and 2 cans of pureed baby food .
Two ingredients: 20-25 minutes cooking time. Detailed recipe .
4. Homemade cookies
These homemade five-ingredient dog biscuits are one of my favorites. You will need whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseeds, beef broth, and peanut butter. If you don’t have any fun cookie cutters, you can use the tops of your shot glasses.
Five ingredients, 20 minutes prep time. Detailed recipe .
5. Sweet potato fries for dogs
We all love vegetables, and thankfully, sweet potatoes seem to be pretty popular with our canine friends as well. For this homemade recipe, you will need sweet potatoes, coconut oil, cinnamon, and turmeric. This is a great way for you and your pet to get a small serving of vegetables daily.
Four ingredients, 30 minutes prep time. Detailed recipe
6. Frozen apple
This dog treat recipe is so easy it doesn’t even involve cooking. If you have two apples, a cup of fat-free plain yogurt, and a few ice cube trays , you have a delicious treat your dog will love.
Two ingredients (plus water), freeze for a couple of hours. Detailed recipe .
7. Cheese bone
These homemade dog treats will create an amazing smell in the kitchen, keeping your dog close to you. You will need four cups of flour, two cups of shredded cheese, some oil and water , and that’s it.
Four ingredients, cooking time 3 hours. Detailed recipe .
8. Apple with cinnamon
If you want to impress your dog, try this simple treat recipe. Another one that smells amazing, so expect some excitement in the kitchen as you prepare this treat. You will need one cup of dry oatmeal, half a cup of applesauce, and one egg.
Three ingredients, cooking time 22 minutes. Detailed recipe .
9. Three Ingredients and Gluten
This is an amazing recipe, good for dogs with grain allergies. If you have some oatmeal or rice flour, peanut butter and a couple of bananas , you can make a delicious treat. Is there something even easier?
Three ingredients: gluten free, vegan, 30 minute prep time. Detailed recipe .
10. Apple with ginger
This homemade treat recipe is another great option for our canine companions who are allergic to grains. You will need one cup of brown rice flour, one cup of diced apple, two-thirds of a cup of plain yogurt, half a teaspoon of ginger, and one tablespoon of coconut oil. It’s not only easy, but also fast.
Five ingredients, prep time 25 minutes. Detailed recipe .
11. Apple and carrot
The dog is very fond of carrots and apples, so these simple dog treats are one of his favorites. As soon as I grab a few carrots, she starts to lick her lips. For this recipe, you will need a cup of whole wheat flour, one cup of shredded carrots, one egg, and one and a half cups of applesauce.
Four ingredients, baking time 30-40 minutes. Detailed recipe .
12. Diabetic treat
When you have a diabetic dog, it can be difficult to find suitable treat recipes. There is one easy option that only takes 15 minutes. You will need half a cup of whole wheat flour (watch your gluten levels), two eggs, and a pound of beef liver, cut into small pieces.
Three ingredients, 15 minutes bake. Detailed recipe .
13. The best biscuits
This peanut butter cookie recipe makes your four-legged friend drool. Anything with peanut butter is pretty much guaranteed to be a big hit. You will need two cups of flour, one cup of oatmeal, a tablespoon of parsley, half a cup of powdered milk, and half a teaspoon of salt.
Five ingredients, baking time 40-60 minutes. Detailed recipe .
14. Simple treat
This homemade treat recipe is extremely simple. If your dog is great with wheat and milk, I would recommend trying this if this is your first time baking treats. For this simple recipe, you will need two cups of whole wheat flour, one cup of peanut butter, one cup of skim milk, and a tablespoon of baking powder.
Four ingredients, 15-20 minutes bake. Detailed recipe .
15. Banana and almonds
This is a great soft treat recipe for puppies and adult dogs. You will need one egg, three-quarters of a cup of unsalted almond butter, one-third of a banana, and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Four ingredients, 10 minutes bake. Detailed recipe .
16. Pumpkin and carrots
This easy treat recipe is one of my favorites – it makes tons of great flavors and the small size is perfect for learning. For this simple recipe, you will need three-quarters of a canned pumpkin, one egg, one-fourth cup of chopped carrots, and a cup of whole wheat flour.
Four ingredients, 30-35 minute prep time. Detailed recipe .
17. Simple Pumpkin Cookies
If you’ve never made pumpkin treats for dogs, then you should give it a try. These treats are delicious and easy to make. You will need one egg, 2/3 cup clean canned pumpkin, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1 & 1/2 cups flour.
Four ingredients, 40 minutes bake. Detailed recipe .
18. Salmon and sweet potatoes
These homemade dog treats are perfect for training because they are soft, making them easy to break into small pieces. They’re also great for older dogs who don’t like super crunchy treats. You will need one can of salmon, one medium sweet potato, two eggs, one-third cup of coconut flour, and coconut oil to grease the pan.
Five ingredients, baking time 60-70 minutes. Detailed recipe .
19. Frozen pumpkin treats
This easy treat recipe is perfect for everyone – does it only use three ingredients? and its preparation time takes less than 15 minutes (not including freezing time). You will need one can of 100% pumpkin puree, one cup of plain yogurt, and half a cup of peanut butter.
Three ingredients, freeze time 12 hours. Detailed recipe .
20. Easy Cookie Recipe
This dog treat recipe is delicious and easy. If you want to make not just delicious, but also beautiful cookies, icing (yogurt) will give it a nice personalized touch. For this simple recipe, you will need half a cup of cornmeal, six tablespoons of butter, two cups of whole wheat flour, 100 grams of plain yogurt, and two-thirds of a glass of water or stock.
Five ingredients, baking time 35-40 minutes. Detailed recipe .
21. Heart shaped cranberry cookies
These cookies are super cute (especially the heart shaped ones) and super easy to make. For this recipe you will need 2 eggs, 1.5 cups of wheat flour, 1 tbsp. l. coconut oil, 3 tbsp. l. coconut flour and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.
Five ingredients, 15-20 minutes bake. Detailed recipe .
22. Fruit hearts
If your dog loves fruit, this treat recipe is just for him, and it’s also great for beginners. The ingredients you need are watermelon, raspberries and yogurt . You mix these three ingredients together and place them in an ice cube tray and just wait for the finished mixture to harden.
Three ingredients, ready when frozen. Detailed recipe .
23. Pumpkin Blueberry Bacon Babydolls
This easy recipe is the perfect summer treat for your dog. Oh yeah, and the best thing is that no baking is required here – these cookies just need a couple of hours to set. You will need 1 can of pumpkin, 1 strip of bacon, 1 cup of water, blueberries, and a bag of cheese sticks (for the “pen”).
Four ingredients + water, ready to freeze in a couple of hours. Detailed recipe .
24. Birthday Bones
This recipe is perfect if you have some fun cookie cutters on hand. And since it’s peanut butter based, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a hit with your dog. For this recipe, you will need 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 cup unsalted natural peanut butter, and 1 cup skim milk.
Four ingredients, 20 minutes baking time at 190 degrees/celsius. Detailed recipe .
25. Peanut butter
This simple recipe has only 3 ingredients, making it a great option for beginners. For this recipe, you will need 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes, 1 cup whole wheat flour, and 1/2 cup peanut butter.
Three ingredients, 10 minutes baking time at 190 degrees/celsius. Detailed recipe .
Benefits of making homemade dog treats
When it comes to making dog treats at home, you may be asking yourself if it’s worth the effort. I love making treats, but the benefits go beyond just making my dog happy.
When it comes to dog treats, I prefer making my own to buying them. It’s nice to know exactly what your dog’s treats are made of, and I like being able to control the portion size. Some of the other benefits of making homemade treats include:
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- You can easily adjust the serving size
- They will make the kitchen smell amazing
- They are a great way to practice your baking skills.
- Your dog will get extra treats made by you
- You will have a good set of training treats on hand.
- Baking can be a relaxing activity
- Making dog treats (and baking in general) encourages creative expression
Anyone can make a homemade treat
So here you go friends – 25 of my favorite homemade dog treat recipes, each using five ingredients or less. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference – your dog will be very grateful.
Give your dog an extra treat this weekend by making him some of the homemade treats from this list. I guarantee that your pet will be impressed with your culinary skills; even if your human friends didn’t appreciate them. For my friends, my food is a nightmare, but for my dog, I am the best cook in the world.