Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Recently, I have been on a crusade to find healthy, wholesome, and tasty homemade dog treat recipes. For those who follow me on Pinterest, you’ve seen my sudden surge of pinning such recipes. 

delicious homemade dog treats on display

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After reviewing and even sampling quite a collection of recipes, I think I have finally  created the perfect mouth watering solution! I’m proud to share with you this healthy and delicious dog treat recipe.

I will confess, these treats smell and taste delicious! With all natural ingredients, there was no shame in some quality control sampling on my part. 

However, I will say the boys hate sharing them.

This recipe only requires 6 simple ingredients. That is to say, most are common kitchen staples. The ingredients are as follows: old fashioned oats, peanut butter, whole wheat flour, baking powder, unsweetened applesauce, and coconut oil.s

a silver bowl with peanut butter, oats, and applesauce used to make delicious dog treats

I started by measuring out all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Once everything was measured out, I mixed the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Now, if you notice the dough seems a little crumbly, add a little more coconut oil or applesauce. Combine all ingredients thoroughly. You should be able to knead the dough easily without it falling apart.  

a ball of dough in a silver bowl

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to approximatly 1/4″ thick, using a rolling pin. 

I purchased these inexpensive dog bone cookie cutters from Amazon. They came in a few different sizes which is perfect because the Great Dane much prefers an appropriate size treat! 

Dough rolled out on a butcher block countertop
dog bone cookie cutters placed in dough to make dog treats
homemade dog treats

Taking my pre-prepared baking sheet lined with a silicone baking matI spaced each treat about 1/2″ apart. {Ya’ll, if you don’t have one of these mats you’re really missing out! They minimize waste in the kitchen and I never have waste because something sticks!} Keep in mind these treats do not rise, so go ahead and load that sheet up.

Baking at 350 degrees for approximatly 25 minutes, they are done when the edges turn light brown. In the end, this recipe made approximatly 35-40 various sized treats. 

homemade dog treats on display in a glass container

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats



Looking for a wholesome and healthy dog treat recipe for you best friend? Try these peanut butter, applesauce, and oat dog treats. They are sure to be a favorite!

  • 3 C Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 C Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 C Peanut Butter
  • 1 C Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 C Coconut Oil
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
  3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface. The dough should hold it’s shape. If it is too crumbly, feel free to add more coconut oil or applesauce to improve consistency. 
  4. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to approximatly 1/4″ thickness. Take cookie cutters to make your treats into various shapes.
  5. Transfer treats onto baking sheet, placing in close proximity (1/4″ to 1/2″ apart.)
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly brown on the edges.
  7. Make sure you allow for appropriate cooling before serving!


Store in airtight container. Mine lasted an entire month without losing flavor or freshness.


a Great Dane anxious to try homemade peanut butter dog treats
two dogs anxiously waiting to sample homemade dog treat

Naturally, the boys approve of these yummy treats! It makes me feel good knowing that what I’m giving my guys are are chemical and preservative free. It gives me peace of mind knowing what my boys are actually consuming. For that reason, I love making homemade treats.

Well, I hope you give this simple recipe a go! If you do, and your fur babies enjoy, please tag me using #marialouisedesign and share on social media! I’d love to see your the fur children!

Till next time,



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