4 Ingredient Healthy Dog Treats

Today my little Snap ran out of dog treats and I didn’t feel like paying $7 for a bag of the treats I usually buy for her. I figured “How hard could it be to make dog treats as good as the ones from the pet store?”.

Surprisingly, it was easy-peasy!!

Read on and you will see with a little of invested time, I was able to create a delicious, nutritious HUGE bag of snacks for my little pup.

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Meet Snap

First I looked at the ingredients from the bag of treats Snap had just finished. There were some grains (this being the biggest ingredient), meat, vegetables and fruit (along with some random chemical names items)…..

I figured it shouldn’t be that hard to recreate something similar, except I decided the largest ingredient would be meat.

Homemade Healthy Dog treats

  • Difficulty: moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 large apple cut in chunks (including peels and core)
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans (I used raw)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice blend
  • Water

Supplies needed:

  • Cake decorating bottle with small tip
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • High power blender

Directions:

  1. Set oven temperature on 225F.
  2. In a high-powered blender, blend the chicken, apple, garbanzo beans and rice. Add small amounts of water and press ingredients until everything is mashed completely. The texture should be like a thick hummus or peanut butter. Make sure the mixture is blended completely or the tip of the bottle will clog.
  3. Scoop mixture into cake decorating bottle.
  4. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Put 1/2 inch dots onto the paper. The dots will shrink by half so if your dog is bigger you may want to make your dots bigger.
  6. Put into oven and let sit (dehydrate) for 2-3 hours.

This recipe made 4 cookie sheets of treats. Two sheets can go in the oven at a time (unless you are lucky enough to have a conventional oven and you can put 4 sheets in at once).

Step-by-Step

Gather all your healthy yummy ingredients.

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In a high-powered blender, blend the chicken, apple, garbanzo beans and brown rice. Add small amounts of water until the mixture looks like a thick hummus or peanut butter. The more water you add to the mixture, the longer it will take to dry the treats:

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Scoop the mixture into the cake decorating bottle.

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Squeeze 1/2 inch droplets onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

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Place in an oven preheated to 225F. Slow cook them for 2-3 hours (Depending on how big your droplets are – if they are smaller they wont take as long). Feel free to taste test them to see if they are done in the middle!!

I didn’t take a photo of the finished product on the cookie sheet (sorry!!). They dehydrated to half the size. Here is the finished product.

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Look at those delicious little dog treats!

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Under $10 for about 3 months worth of dog treats!!!

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Substitutions

  • Chicken: Beef, lamb, duck
  • Apple: blueberries/raspberries/strawberries, pear, broccoli, kale
  • Garbanzo beans: lentils, kidney beans, green beans, black beans
  • Brown rice flour: garbanzo bean flour, lentil flour, almond flour, quinoa flour

Wholesome ingredients, happy dog!!

Feel free to share this recipe with any of your dog loving friends. Thanks for stopping by.

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9 thoughts on “4 Ingredient Healthy Dog Treats

    • Manessa, I don’t have a food processor so couldn’t answer with 100% certainty. I would say “Yes” if it can puree the mixture so there are no small pieces that would clog the tip on the cake decorator bottle (you could use a larger tip or just use a baggie with the corner cut off)… Let me know how it turns out!!

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    • Amanda, that is another great thing about these treats. I take about 6 of them on our daily walks so she thinks she is getting LOTS, but when I put them all together it’s actually smaller than a mini doggie biscuit..

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