8 Homemade Holiday Treats Your Dog Will Love
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8 Homemade Holiday Treats Your Dog Will Love

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 by Linda Rosado

Santa isn’t the only one getting cookies this year. This is the moment your pup has been waiting for. The days of smelling holiday goodies but getting the same-old-same-old dry dog food are officially over. With a little help from the elves, we’ve gathered a list of our favorite dog treats your pup is sure to love.

Each recipe is super simple and puppy approved. Not to worry, we’ve checked this list twice and all of these people foods are safe for Santa’s favorite four-legged helpers.

Blizzard Bites

Inspired by Bowerland

Ingredients:

2 cups of a fruit or vegetable of your choice (refer to the list below)

1 cup of Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Chop your fruits or vegetables of choice into bite size chunks. Remove core, seeds and stem if needed.
  2. Combine with yogurt in a blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until mixture is smooth.
  4. Once you’re satisfied with your mix, distribute it evenly into an ice tray. Check out these dog inspired ice trays.

Fido’s Five-Star Tips:

We recommend the following fruits and veggies:

  • Apples (try sweet varieties, like Honeycrisp, Fuji or Gala)
  • Bananas
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Any combination of the above, like carrot-pumpkin, but be sure to use one cup of each fruit or veggie

Sweet Pupcorn

Ingredients:

1 bag of fully-popped popcorn

2 teaspoons of honey

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Put popcorn in a large bowl. Be sure that the bowl has a lid that fits tightly.
  2. Mix the cinnamon and honey in a separate smaller bowl.
  3. Drizzle mix over the popcorn and shake well.

Fido’s Five-Star Tips:

Be sure the popcorn is fully popped, as kernels can create a choking hazard.

North Pole Peanut Butter Bites

Ingredients:

2 cups of oatmeal

1 tablespoon of honey

3/4 cup of peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Combine the oatmeal and peanut butter in a mixing bowl and stir until they are evenly distributed.
  2. Drizzle honey into the mix.
  3. Scoop meatball sized portions into your hand and roll them into a ball. You should have around 10-12.
  4. Place the balls on a baking sheet and let them sit in the freezer until firm, but not frozen.

Fido’s Five-Star Tips:

Once the balls have hardened, you can store them in a bag or Tupperware container. If you have a smaller dog, make the balls a size that they can eat easily.

Jingle Bark Biscuit

Inspired by MNN

Ingredients:Homemade Holiday Dog Treats

2 cups of flour

1 egg

1 cup of pumpkin puree

½ cup of peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the pumpkin, peanut butter and eggs.
  3. Slowly add in the flour.
  4. Separate the dough into cookie-sized balls.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Be sure to check that your biscuits have cooked thoroughly.

Fido’s Five-Star Tips:

Try dog bone cookie cutters to give your biscuits a special touch.

Fido’s Pumpkin Froyo

Ingredients:

2 cups of frozen pumpkin

2 tablespoons of honey

1/3 cup of Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  2. Blend until mix is smooth and has no lumps.
  3. Transfer mixture into a lidded container and store in the freezer overnight for the best results.

Sweet Pup-tato Fries

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Coconut oil

Oatmeal (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel the sweet potato, being careful to only get the skin so you don’t waste too much of the actual potato.
  3. Cut the potato into fry-sized rectangles.
  4. Put the fries into a bowl and add the honey.
  5. Toss the fries in the honey and cinnamon until coated evenly.
  6. Roll fries in oatmeal flakes for added crispiness.
  7. Coat the baking sheet with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Turn fries after they have baked for 10 minutes.

Fido’s Five-Star Tips:

Not only is coconut safe for your doggo, it’s also known to enhance their skin and fur. You can even give your dog coconut meat or oil as a treat.

Jingle Bell Banana Bars

Ingredients:

1 large banana

1 tablespoon of peanut butter

1 tablespoon of honey

2 cups of flour

2 eggs

2 cups of oatmeal

Coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel the banana and remove all the phloem or “banana strings.”
  3. Combine banana, peanut butter, honey, flour, eggs and oatmeal, then mix.
  4. Coat the baking sheet with coconut oil to prevent sticking.
  5. Make granola bar-sized portions and place onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Frosty’s Famous Frosting

Inspired by CookinForDogs

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons of honey

2 teaspoons of maple syrup

4 ounces of cream cheese

1/2 cup of Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Let cream cheese reach room temperature.
  2. Combine and all ingredients and whip until soft and fluffy.

Fido’s Five-Star Tips:

Add a drop of food coloring to give your frosting a pop of color.

Go beyond treats and consider making your pup’s meals in the kitchen. Educate yourself with this list of over 50 human foods dogs can and can’t enjoy and create recipes of your own to share with other pup parents.

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Santa isnít the only one getting cookies this year. The days of smelling holiday goodies but getting the same-old-same-old dry dog food are officially over.