I love to make homemade dog treats for my puppy. They are very similar to making cookies and a great way to spoil your fur-baby! One of his favorite versions are these Cranberry, Honey, and Oat Dog Treats.
Homemade treats are very easy to make and the process is similar to baking cookies. There are so many options of what you can do and use, but if you have any questions about what is safe for your pup please check with your vet. Some dogs may have allergies or sensitivities or certain products. Luckily, we only have to worry about our pup’s picky preferences.
This is the infamous “normal” squirrel in my family. Other family members have their own squirrel cookie cutters but they tend to come out rather funky and shaped a little odd. This one is perfect! You can get your own “normal” squirrel here!
I made this recipe with cranberries because they are packed with antioxidants and nutritional power! They are also full of vitamins and minerals to help promote overall health. You can easily substitute raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries (one of our puppy’s favorites!) instead, or even a mixture of a few.
If fresh berries are not in season, you can easily use frozen ones instead. Frozen foods potentially have just as good or better quality and nutritional content because they are frozen so close to when they are picked, locking in all of those good bits! If you do use frozen berries, it may become a little watery. See notes below on how to adjust the consistency.
This is one of my favorite dog treat recipes because of all the healthy ingredients. Greek yogurt! Flax seed! Berries! Perfect for protecting our furry family members and giving them something special. If you make these, share a picture with us on social media (see links to the right of this post), we would love to see them enjoying your homemade treats!
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Put 2/3 cup oatmeal in a food processor and grind until fine in texture, similar to flour. Add to medium sized mixing bowl.
- In the same food processor, puree cranberries. If you are using fresh or defrosted berries, it will likely be a liquid. If they are frozen, it will typically look like a coarse meal (see pictures). Add cranberries to the bowl.
- Add the flour, 1/4 oats, ground flax seed (optional), honey, and yogurt to the bowl. Mix the ingredients together until incorporated and the dough holds together. The water content in the berries can affect the moisture in the dough. If it is too wet, add a little flour at a time. If it is too stiff or not combining, add a little water at a time.
- Lightly flour a large cutting board or clean counter. Flip dough out onto surface and roll to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut out cookies in the size and shape you want and place on a sil pad or parchment lined baking sheet. The cookies can go close together as they will not grow much in size.
- For soft cookies: Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack. Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- For hard cookies: Bake for 15 minutes then flip cookies. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the cookies in the hot oven for approximately two hours. Cookies will be hard and crunchy. Let cool completely before storing or else the heat will cause them to turn soft again. Store in air tight container for up to one month.
*Disclaimer: Please check with your vet if you have any concerns about what your pet can or cannot eat.