We have had Lilly for about a month now and I’ve made entirely too many trips to the pet store. Even though our local pet store is amazing and full of great things and wonderful advice it’s still 20 min from my house and that’s about 20 minutes too far away for someone who hates to run errands. I was buying some of the expensive organic type dog treats by the pound to try various flavors. The problem is that I’m a moron and combined all the flavors so I don’t which is which. Sometimes I forget to think.
Anyways, I’m always up for a challenge and thought I would try to make her some treats at home from ingredients that I could get at the grocery store…since I seem to be there every other day anyways so it requires no extra errands. Months ago I made awesome cat treats (in my opinion) but my cats turned their noses up at them so I was a little skeptical about dog treats.
I am no expert at all so please do your research for what is best for your dog before you make homemade treats. I researched a lot of English Bulldog websites for ingredients that were safe and good for bulldogs. I didn’t stick to one exact recipe from the websites because there always seemed to be one ingredient that I didn’t have or I didn’t want to use.
I used these awesome silicone molds that I ordered from Amazon.
The molds are super cute and can be used in the oven or the freezer.
Rose and I experimented with the consistency of this batter but we ended up using:
8 oz of canned pumpkin
3 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
6 tbsp of almond flour
A pinch of salt
We used this pumpkin mix because it was recommended from one of the bulldog sites.
Side note…my cat that turned down my homemade treats licked the pumpkin off the spoon! I googled it and it said it was ok for cats to eat.
I used organic peanut butter that contains only peanuts and sea salt. I read that peanut butter that contains Xylitol is extremely dangerous for dogs so I wanted to stay far away from that.
We just put all of the ingredients into the KitchenAid and mixed it for about a minute. Rose was brave enough to taste it and said it was terrible.
I just spooned it into the molds and kinda shook them slightly to level them out. We baked them for 30 minutes. (probably at 350 degrees but I don’t actually remember for sure) They aren’t crunchy. They are soft like a soft cookie.
Rose tasted one of the finished treats and said they were much better than the dough. It made about 40 treats. They were super easy to make and didn’t require many ingredients. I just put the remaining pumpkin in a mason jar in the refrigerator so it’s ready for the next batch. I also stored half of the batch of treats in the refrigerator until I’m ready to use them.
Lilly absolutely loves these treats. She likes them better than the expensive store-bought ones.
Kerry suggested giving Lilly frozen banana slices. I tried giving them to Lilly but she doesn’t seem to know what to do with them. She just looks at them and walks away. I bet she changes her mind when it gets hotter. I was unsure if she just didn’t like banana or cold treats in general so I thought I would make some other frozen treats to test it out.
I used the same molds and put the following ingredients into the blender.
16 fresh blueberries
5.3 oz container of Chobani greek yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil
4 1/2 tbsp of pumpkin (the same as the above recipe)
I just poured the liquid from the blender to the molds. It took less than 5 minutes and made about 40 treats. They were frozen in about one hour. I transferred them into a Ziplock bag to store them in the freezer. We gave Lilly one and we got the same rejection and since I added banana I still don’t know if she dislikes the consistency of the cold treat or the bananas. We shall keep trying.
In the meantime Rose ate all the frozen banana slices that we made for Lilly and has already offered to eat these frozen treats also. I know it’s all human food and she likes all of them but it just feels weird if she eats dog bone shaped treats that were meant for the dog. It’s probably going to happen though.