Many elderly pets develop illnesses or become finicky as they age. Homemade dog treats are a much better alternative to store bought treats that are full of preservatives that are not great for pets, especially if your pet has developed sensitivities to certain foods or preservatives.
These treats are easy to make with just a few ingredients and cost just pennies per treat. Here’s our favorite recipe for healthy, preservative free dog treats.
Preheat oven 350 degrees
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of organic peanut butter
- 1 egg
In a stand mixer, blend together flour and baking powder. Add water, peanut butter and egg then mix for 2 minutes until well blended. Mixture will be somewhat sticky but pliable.
Roll out treats on floured parchment paper to approximately 1/4″ thickness. Use whatever size bone shaped cookie cutter is appropriate for your pet. Gently press the cutters into the dough then re roll the dough several times until most of the dough is used. Treats can also be rolled and cut into simple rectangles with a serrated knife if you do not have cookie cutters or if you prefer a very small treat.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and allow to cool thoroughly before giving to your pet.
Treats will be soft and can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Because there are no preservatives, these treats must be refrigerated to preserve freshness. Adding a paper towel to the sealed container will absorb moisture and help prevent them from getting moldy. Put the date they were baked on the treat container and discard after two weeks, if not sooner if any mold forms on the treats.
The bone shaped cookie cutters below come in a set of 6 assorted sizes that are perfect for a variety of size treats.