50 Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes

50 Best Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Have you been debating with yourself about your pet dog’s diet? Driving yourself deeper and deeper into doubt about the kind of nutrition your furry friend needs? If your answer’s in the affirmative, then take a moment to breathe and relax. A lot of dog parents out there go through this very situation. After all, there’s a lot of fear-mongering in the pet-industry when it comes to pet nutrition and homemade food recipes for dogs.

But, that’s what we’re here to help you with. Apart from a scintillating compilation of 50 best homemade dog food recipes, we’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts, when it comes to homemade doggy food. So put aside your anxieties, and prepare yourself for a journey that’ll make your life easier as a pet-parent.

Before we get our list of homemade dog food recipes, let’s quickly cover a few pertinent details you should be aware concerning homemade dog food. There are some very comprehensive and reliable sources available out there if you want in-depth knowledge about your pup’s nutritional needs.

For instance, the guidelines set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) are worth taking a look at. You can also check out the Merck Veterinary Manual for nutritional requirements. However, if you’re on the lookout for a brief yet illuminating rundown of the dietary requirements of your pooch – then look no further. A well-balanced doggy diet will include the following:

Proteins

Proteins are super important for the growth and maintenance of cells. A dog’s body is only capable of producing 13 out of the 23 amino acids present in proteins. That means the other 10 amino acids need to come from a food source.

Carbohydrates

Carbs not only help the tissues in your pet’s body, but they also promote gut health. Plants are a good source of carbs, and eating veggies and grains will give your pet a healthy serving of fibers, sugars, and starch.

Vitamins & Minerals

The vitamins that your dog needs in its diet include Vitamin E, D, A, K, and the B-complex vitamins. Apart from this, your pet also requires phosphorus and calcium. You should try and include these vitamins and minerals in your dog’s diet through natural sources, instead of supplements.

Fats

Dogs are active animals and to make sure their energy levels don’t deplete, you need to include fats in their diet. Fats like Omega 3 and 6 and Linoleic acid will not only promote energy but will also aid in keeping your pet’s skin and fur healthy.

Water

Yeah, we know this one sounds like a no-brainer. But, water is super-important when it comes to doggy diet. If your dog loses more than 10% of the water in its body, it can become life-threatening. Not to mention, water makes for more than half of an adult dog’s body weight. This is why your dog must always have a supply of fresh, clean drinking water available.

water in dog recipes
Always give your pup clean drinking water.

50 Homemade Food Recipes For Dogs

This is where the fun begins, ladies and gentlemen. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a connoisseur of fine foods or a picky eater, our list of homemade food recipes for dogs has something for everyone.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Scroll down to discover some of the tastiest and healthy homemade treat recipes for your pups and pooches.

1. Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treats

This super-quick peanut butter treat recipe is sure to bring a smile to your furry best friend’s face.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup peanut butter (creamy)
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Next, mix the flour, eggs, and peanut butter in a large bowl and gently combine all the ingredients together
  • Add about 2 Tbsp of water at a time, until the dough becomes ready to knead and work with
  • Roll out the dough using a roller, and cut out shapes using your favorite cookie cutter
  • Line a baking tray with a baking sheet and place your cookies on the tray
  • Bake the treats for about 15 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown

– via PuppyLeaks

2. Brewer's Yeast Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup Brewer’s Yeast
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (Cheddar)
  • 1 egg (whisked)

Directions:

  • Heat your oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, brewer’s yeast, flour, and cheese. Next, mix in the whisked egg
  • Add water one Tbsp at a time until the dough becomes workable
  • Roll the dough out to ¼ inch on a flour-dusted workspace. Then cut out the shapes with the help of cookie cutters
  • Bake for 20 minutes for soft treats, or if you want the cookies to be crispy bake for 30 minutes

– via Petful

3. Luxurious Liver Treats

You may not like liver, but trust us, your dog will love these liver treats.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb liver (raw and rinsed well)
  • 2 cups flour (whole wheat)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Blend the liver in a blender until it forms a smooth paste
  • Next, take a large bowl and pour the mixture in. Add in all the other ingredients and mix well
  • Pour the mixed blend onto a well-greased baking tray. Make sure the tray is filled evenly
  • Place the tray in the oven and bake for 30 minutes
  • Once the tray is cool, cut the treats into bite-sized squares
  • Store in the refrigerator

– via DogTipper

4. Yummy Bones

Dogs and bones go way back. That’s why we’ve included this yummy bones recipe in our recipe compilation.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup water (hot)
  • 1/3 cup butter (low-fat)
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 3 cups flour (whole wheat)

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a bowl, combine the butter and hot water. Next, add the powdered milk, salt, and beaten egg
  • Slowly combine the flour one Tbsp at a time. Keep mixing and stirring as you go
  • Once all the ingredients have been combined, knead the dough until it stiffens
  • Roll out the dough on a flour-dusted surface and keep the dough’s thickness at 1/2 an inch
  • Use a bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the shapes
  • Line cookies on a greased baking tray and bake for about 50 minutes

– via DogVills

5. Thanksgiving Turkey Dog Treats

Don’t let your dog feel left out on those Thanksgiving feasts. Instead, give this turkey treat a try.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped turkey and veggies from leftover turkey dinner (avoid alliums)
  • 1 egg
  • Chicken or turkey stock
  • 2-3 cups flour (whole wheat)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend the turkey and vegetables in a food processor. Add the egg and enough gravy to the mixture so that its texture remains chunky and sauce-like
  • Pour the mixture in a and add flour slowly. Add only enough flour to make a workable dough. Roll out the dough on a flour-dusted surface with 1/4 inch thickness
  • Next, cut out using a cookie cutter and place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking tray
  • Bake the cookies for 20 minutes. Leave the tray in the oven after the baking time finished so that the cookies turn out nice and crispy.
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge

– via dinnerwithjulie

thanksgiving dog treat recipe
Make your pup a part of Thanksgiving with this yummy treat!

6. Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

This flavorful dog treat recipe combines peanut butter with pumpkin for a lovely cinnamon-scented treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (100% pure)
  • ½ cup peanut butter (organic)
  • 1¾ cups oat flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, line three cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • Combine all of the ingredients to a stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater attachment. Mix at medium speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again
  • The finished cookie dough should be thick and fudgy, and not sticky
  • Roll the dough out of a flour-dusted surface, until its thickness is around 1/4″
  • Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter and bake for 15 minutes

– via Desserts With Benefits

7. Bacon Cheddar Treats

Cheddar and bacon come together in this recipe to make a treat that your pet will remember for a long time.

Ingredients:

  • 4 strips bacon (cooked crispy)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 1/2 cup milled oatmeal
  • 2 eggs (large)
  • additional milled oatmeal

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Add bacon, cheese, and oatmeal in a large mixing bowl. Allow the mixer to break bacon and cheese up into little bits
  • Add eggs to the dry mixture to form a sticky dough
  • Dust the surface of the counter with additional milled oatmeal and roll the dough to approximately 1/4 of an inch. Use cookie cutters to cut out the shape of your choice
  • Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking tray and bake for 20 minutes
  • Let the treats cool completely before feeding them to your canine

– via Three Little Ferns

bacon cheddar dog treats
Try this cheddar and bacon treat for your pup!

8. Delicious Meaty Treat

Looking for a treat that’s both filling and full of meaty goodness? Well then, look no further than this ground beef recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (100% pure)
  • 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 cups fresh green beans (rinsed and diced)
  • 2 eggs (beaten)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Cook the ground beef and green bean in a large skillet until they turn brown
  • Add pumpkin puree to the beef mixture and continue stirring
  • Add the oats to a medium-sized bowl. Fill the bowl with enough water to moisten the oats and then microwave them for 45 seconds. Once this is done, add the oats to the skillet and stir them in well
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and allow the mixture to cool
  • Once the mixture is cool, add in the beaten eggs. At this point, the mixture should be somewhat wet
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Place medium to large-sized cookie cutters on the sheet
  • Carefully spoon the ground beef mixture in the cookie cutters, and be sure to press down the mixture down a bit. Fill the cookie cutters till just after the midway point
  • Next, carefully remove the cookie cutters. It’s fine if the cookies lose their shape a little. You can re-shape the cookies using your fingers
  • Place the baking tray in the oven and bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, turn the cookies over and bake at 200 degrees for an hour and a half

– via PatchPuppy

9. Homemade Granola K-9 Treats

This name of this recipe says it all. It has granola, coconut, honey, and many other sumptuous ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (uncooked and organic)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • ¼ cup coconut (grated or shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cups unsalted peanut butter (preferably homemade)
  • ¾ cup almond milk

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • Take a rimmed baking tray and line it with parchment paper
  • Add all the seeds to a food processor and grind them to a medium consistency
  • Take a large-sized bowl and add in all the dry ingredients. Next, heat the coconut oil and honey in a small pan
  • Add the peanut butter and almond milk in a food processor or blender and blend. Then add the eggs and coconut oil and honey mixture to the blender and give a few good swirls
  • Add the blended mixture to the dry ingredients and mix gently with a wooden spoon
  • If the mixture is too wet then add some whole-wheat flour. Use your hands to make balls out of the doughy mixture (about 1 1/2 inch in size)
  • Place the balls on the baking tray and bake for 40 minutes or until the treats turn golden brown

– via DogTime

10. The Simplest Treat Ever

A simple two-ingredient dog food recipe that’s super-easy to whip up.

Ingredients:

  • 1 4-ounce jar of baby food (any flavor of choice)
  • 1 cup flour (whole wheat)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • Mix one cup of flour and the jar of baby food in a large bowl. Gently stir until the ingredients are well mixed
  • Next, add more flour and knead the dough until it’s workable and not sticky
  • Roll out your dough on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place the cookies on a lightly greased baking tray
  • Place the cookies in the oven and bake for 24 to 30 minutes

– via Rover

11. Bisquick Treats

A bisquick treat for dogs? What’s not to love about that?

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour (whole wheat)
  • 1 1/2 cup Bisquick
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions:

  • Start by combining all the ingredients in the food processor. Process until all the ingredients are well mixed and a large ball forms
  • Roll out the dough on a non-stick surface. The dough’s thickness should not exceed 1/4 inch
  • Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter, and place the cookies on a lightly greased baking tray
  • Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, until the treats turn golden brown

– via cdkitchen

12. Sweet Potato Dog Chews

A baked sweet potato chewy treat? We can hear your dog’s bark of approval from here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. And, line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Using a knife, cut the sweet potato into horizontal slices. If your pooch comes from a large breed then you can slice the potato lengthwise for larger chews. The thickness of each slice must be around 1/4 inch
  • Once you’re done slicing, place the potato slices on the baking tray and bake for 2 to 3 hours
  • Make sure to flip the slices after 45 minutes for an even bake
  • Let the treat cool before serving. You can store these treats in an air-tight container for about 3 weeks

– via It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

sweet potato dog chews
This is an easy treat you can make for your pup.

13. Chewy Molasses Treat

This recipe will give your pet something to really dig its teeth into.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp Golden Barrel Blackstrap Molasses
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brewer’s yeast

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix the molasses, peanut butter, coconut oil, and water in a large bowl. It’s okay if the mixture doesn’t combine completely
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in another bowl and slowly add the wet ingredients. Keep stirring as you add the mixture
  • Once the ingredients have mixed well and dough forms, roll out the dough on a flat surface. Cut the dough into bite-sized cubes and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper
  • Bake the cookies for 30 minutes and cool on a wire rack

– via Golden Barrel

14. Chicken Jerky

We’ve done it. We’ve found another dog homemade treat recipe with just 1 ingredient!

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 boneless chicken breast pieces

Directions:

  • Set the oven at 220 degrees. Next, trim any excess fat in the chicken breasts
  • Cut the meat into strips of 1/8 inch thickness
  • Place on a baking tray and bake for 2 hours at least
  • Voila – your doggy jerky treats are done. Serve the jerky at room temperature

– via DogTipper

15. Ground Beef Jerky

Ground beef jerky for dogs? Yup, that’s what we said!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb mixture of ground beef

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven 130 degrees
  • Place the ground beef mixture on parchment paper and use your hands (or a greased rolling pin) to smooth out the meat to about 1/8 inch thick
  • Use a blunt knife to mark the meat into a checkerboard pattern. This will make breaking the jerky apart easier when it’s cooked
  • Place the smoothed out beef mixture on a baking tray, and dehydrate in the oven for 8 hours
  • After every two hours, take the tray out of the oven and tilt the baking sheet carefully over the sink to drain out the excess grease
  • Once the beef is cooked and cooled, break the jerky apart according to the score marks. You can store the jerky in the fridge for about 3 weeks plus

– via PatchPuppy

16. Oven-Baked Crunchy Beans

This next recipe features the indomitable green bean. It’s super-nutritious and super-crunchy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups green beans (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra-virgin)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees
  • Mix the green beans and oil in a large bowl until the beans are finely coated
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and even spread the beans on the pan
  • Place the tray in the oven and cook until beans are crunchy
  • Leave the beans in the oven overnight for extra crunchiness

– via SkinnyMs

17. Healthy Cheddar And Oat Crackers

This next recipe features the indomitable green bean. It’s super-nutritious and super-crunchy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
  • 1 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cups cornmeal

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, pour hot water over the oatmeal and margarine, and set it aside for 5 minutes
  • After 5 minutes, stir in the powdered milk, grated cheese, salt, and egg. Next, mix in the cornmeal and wheat germ. Finally, add flour, 4 Tbsp at a time. Make sure to mix the flour in with the other ingredients completely
  • Once the ingredients have combined well, start kneading the dough. If the dough is too sticky, add in some flour
  • Next, roll out the dough on a flat surface with 1/2″ thickness
  • Cut out shapes with a cutter and place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking tray
  • Bake the biscuits for at least an hour at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the bake is over, leave the biscuits in the oven for an additional hour

– via GourmetSleuth

18. Chicken And Sweet Potato Bites

This baked treat of chicken and sweet potato makes for a yummy treat to keep your dog feeling full and happy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups boiled chicken (shredded or diced)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of boiled sweet potato (diced)
  • 8 tablespoons low-fat evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt

Directions:

  • Set the oven at 330 degrees
  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Once the mixture is ready, spoon it on a parchment-lined baking tray
  • Cook the treats for 20 minutes and serve when cooled

– via The Doggy Bone Cookbook

19. Meatball And Kibble Galore

Dogs love meat, ‘nuff said.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 7 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (virgin)
  • 1 1/2 cups dog food kibble (dry)

Directions:

  • Start by blending the dry kibble in a blender until the kibble resembles a coarse powder
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix the ingredients well
  • Make bite-sized meatballs from the mixture using your hands
  • Line the meatballs on a tray and leave in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours to set
  • Once the meatballs are frozen, store them in the freezer in a zip-lock bag or air-tight container

– via Dog Food Cookbook

Homemade Dog Meal Recipes

If you’re on the lookout for full-fledged dog meal recipes that can act as three square meals a day – then this section is definitely for you. We’ve compiled some of the most delicious and healthiest homemade dog meal recipes out there, for your viewing pleasure.

20. Brown Rice And Veggies

Looking for a doggy-treat to melt away winter blues? Well, we’ve got just the thing, our brown rice and veggie recipe will have your dog feeling warm in no time

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 lbs. turkey (ground)
  • 3 cups baby spinach (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (shredded)
  • 1 zucchini (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup peas (frozen)

Directions:

  • Add 3 cups of water in a large saucepan and cook the brown rice according to the package instructions. Set the rice aside once it’s cooked
  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium-to-large stockpot
  • Next, add the ground turkey to the stockpot and cook until it’s browned. After waiting three to five minutes, add in the spinach, zucchini, peas, and brown rice
  • Continue cooking the mixture for about 5 more minutes. Once the spinach has wilted, turn off the heat and let the meal cool
  • Serve at room temperature

– via Damn Delicious

brown rice and veggies recipe
This brown rice and veggie recipe is a great healthy treat for your pup!

21. CrockPot Goodness

What’s better than cooking a healthy meal for your pooch without little to no effort? Our crockpot recipe is easy to make and jam-packed full of nutrition.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs lean chicken (ground)
  • 1 cup butternut squash (frozen)
  • 15 oz can kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 cup peas (frozen, fresh, or canned)
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup carrots (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cup rice (uncooked)

Directions:

  • Add the ground chicken, butternut squash, kidney beans, peas, green beans, carrots, and uncooked white rice in a crockpot (of at least 6 quarts). Next, pour in the water
  • Cook the mixture on low heat for 6 hours (or high heat for 4 hours)
  • Don’t forget to stir the ingredients occasionally
  • Serve to your pooch when the meal has cooled down

– via A Fork’s Tale

22. Delicious Meaty Treat

Apart from snacks, you need to give your dog a hearty meal that’ll fill its tummy and leave him feeling full. Give this recipe a try for doggy dinner time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground beef (cooked)
  • 4 tablespoons carrot (grated)
  • 4 tablespoons dry dog food kibble
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 tablespoons cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  • Blend the dry dog food kibble in a blender until a powder forms
  • Preheat the oven to 330 degrees
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly
  • Next, take a greased cookie sheet and use a tablespoon to drop the mixture on the tray
  • Bake for 16 to 20 minutes. Once the treats have cooled, store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator

– via The Doggy Bone Cookbook

23. Hearty Meal

Dogs need to consume a healthy amount of natural fat to keep their energy level high. That’s why this dog food recipe with chicken hearts has made its way to our list.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 450g chicken hearts
  • 450g minced chicken or turkey
  • 2 apples (roughly chopped)
  • 2 pears )roughly chopped)
  • 3 carrots (roughly chopped)
  • 200g French beans
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 200g strawberries
  • 100g blueberries

Directions:

  • Warm coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add the chicken hearts and cook for up to 6 minutes. Then, when the hearts have browned, remove the pan from the heat
  • Once cool, add the chicken hearts to a food processor and chop until a chunky textures paste forms
  • In the same pan, add in the minced chicken, and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes
  • While the chicken is cooking, add all the fruits and vegetables to the food processor and blend until finely chopped
  • Add the blended heart mixture to the minced chicken and cook for a minute or two. Next, add the finely chopped fruit and vegetable mixture to the pan and keep stirring
  • Continue to cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes
  • Once the five minutes are up, remove the pan from the heat. Serve when the meal has cooled

– via All Recipes

24. Scooby's Organic Stew for Dogs

This recipe gives new meaning to the term ‘Scooby Doo To the Rescue’.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into 6 pieces each
  • 2 lbs of frozen mixed vegetables

Directions:

  • Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker (in the order: water, rice, potato, chicken, and then vegetables)
  • Make sure the vegetables cover the chicken meat completely
  • Cook the meat on high heat for 5 hours
  • Once the meal is cooked, allow it to cool down and shred the chicken breasts
  • Add the meat back into the mixture and stir well

– via Happy and Yummy

25. Beef And Rice Stir Fry

For the picky-eaters of the dog world, we bring you this stir-fry recipe. It’ll entice even the most stoic of pets

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown rice (steamed)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots (steamed)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli (steamed)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)

Directions:

  • Cook rice in a steamer or pan separately
  • Steam broccoli and carrots on the stove in ½ cup of water until they turn soft. Drain the water and set aside the vegetables
  • Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan and then add in the garlic and ground beef. Cook until the beef turns brown
  • Next, throw in the carrots and broccoli and continue to cook on medium heat
  • After a minute or so, add rice to the pan and stir properly. Cook for an additional five minutes
  • Next, turn off the heat and let your dog enjoy your culinary skills when the meal has cooled down

– via PetGuide

26. Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesdays are a great tradition. Give your pet something to look forward to during the week with this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground beef
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1 ripe avocado (small)
  • 6 tablespoons cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon salsa sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  • Set the oven to preheat at 350 degrees. Next, mix the ground beef, cheese, salsa sauce, and avocado in a large bowl
  • Next, gradually add all the other ingredients and mix well until a sticky dough mixture forms
  • Grease a cookie sheet and use a tablespoon to drop the batter onto the sheet
  • Bake in the oven until golden brown

– via The Doggy Bone Cookbook

taco tuesday recipe for dogs
Now your pup can be part of Taco Tuesdays!

27. DIY Stew For Dogs

This homemade dog food recipe happens to be one of our favorites. You’ll get why when you make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (extra-virgin)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sweet potato (peeled, diced and boiled)
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup carrot (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup green beans (diced)
  • 1/2 lb beef (stew meat)

Directions:

  • Cut the beef into bite-sized chunks and cook in oil on medium heat until cooked
  • Remove the beef from the pan. Next, add flour and water to the pan and stir well so that it mixes with the drippings
  • Once you see the mixture has formed a slightly-thick gravy, add in all the ingredients and cook until the green beans soften. Serve after the stew has cooled down

– via BunnyRooBeagle

28. Delicious Turkey Rice

Try out this turkey with rice recipe on days when your dog needs some TLC.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey
1 1/2 cups brown rice (uncooked)
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup of mix frozen vegetables
6 cup of water

Directions:

  • Add in the water, rice, rosemary leaves, and turkey meat in a large saucepan
  • Stir until the is combined well in the mixture and doesn’t have any clumps
  • Start cooking the mixture on high heat for 5 minutes. Once the water comes to a boil, turn the heat down to medium. Next, add in the frozen vegetables
  • Cook until the rice looks done

– via Dog Food Cookbook

29. Slow-Cooker Beef Meal

This slow-cooker beef recipe is nothing short of a success – it’s got taste, nutritional value, and a very low effort requirement.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup peas (frozen)
  • 1 cup carrots (grated)
  • 1 cup butternut squash (chopped)
  • 1/2 can kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef

Directions:

  • Add in all the ingredients in a slow-cooker of 6 quarts
  • Set on low heat and cook for 5 hours
  • Stir at regular intervals. Serve to your pet only when the dish has cooled down completely

– via Damn Delicious

Yummy Homemade Frozen Treats For Dogs

Thus far, we’ve covered recipes for savory treats and full-on homemade meals. But the recipes we’re about to share next are guaranteed to brighten up furry friend’s summer days.

30. Frosty Watermelon

If your pet is a dessert aficionado then give this recipe a try. With ingredients like watermelon and honey, this treat makes for the perfect dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 cup coconut water (fresh or bottled)
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon (seedless)
  • Silicon mold pan

Directions:

  • Add seedless watermelon, honey, and coconut water in a blender and blend for 3 to 4 minutes
  • Next, pour the mixture into the silicone mold pan and freeze overnight
  • You can give your dog one fruity summer treat per day. It’s best to store the mold in the freezer until the treats run out

– via PetGuide

31. Frozen Tuna Treat

If you’re searching for a savory frozen snack for your furry pal then check out this tuna snack recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (virgin)
  • 16 oz. yogurt (low-fat if you prefer)
  • 9 tablespoons canned tuna (shredded or mashed)

Directions:

  • Mix in all the ingredients in a large bowl. Carefully pour the mixture in a silicone mold tray
  • Place the tray overnight in the freezer for the treat to set

– via BunnyRooBeagle

32. Peanut Butter And Yogurt Licky Treat

Yogurt is a healthy way to beat back the summer heat and it’s super-healthy. That’s why you won’t want to miss this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (unsalted)

Directions:

  • Place the ingredients in a blender and give it a few blitzes
  • When the mixture has a smooth consistency, pour it out in a silicone mold tray and set in the freezer overnight

– via Sugar and Soul

33. Apple and Banana Fro-yo

Apple and banana combine to make this fro-yo recipe a great hit with all dogs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple (deseeded and pureed)
  • 1 banana (mashed)
  • 8 oz. plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions:

  • Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend for a minute
  • Pour out the mixture in a silicone mold tray and set in the freezer overnight

– via BunnyRooBeagle

34. Chicken Delight

If your dog is a fan of white meat then you’re going to want to try this.

Ingredients:
● 2 cups boiled chicken (cubed or shredded)
● 1 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt

Directions:
● Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl
● Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to drop the mixture on the baking tray
● Place the tray in the freezer for at least 3 hours. Once the treats are frozen, serve at will

– via Healthy Kitchens

35. 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Dog Treat

Another frozen treat for your pet to enjoy on long sunny days.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups canned pumpkins (pureed)
  • 1 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Directions:

  • Blend the pumpkin puree and yogurt in a blender for just under a minute
  • Pour out the mixture in an ice-cube tray and set in the freezer for 4 to 5 hours

– via POPSUGAR Pets

36. Blueberry Popsicles With Bacon

Blueberries can bacon may sound strange to you, but your dog will lick you to pieces for giving it this treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 bacon strips (fried and crumbled)
  • 2 cups plain yogurt

Directions:

  • Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until the mixture reaches a smooth paste-like consistency
  • Next, grab your popsicle molds and pour the mixture in. Leave the popsicles in the freezer overnight and voila – your blueberry popsicles with bacon are ready

– via Animal Channel

37. Watermelon And Yogurt Pupsicle

Our watermelon popsicle recipe will give your dog the kind of joyful experience it’ll want to relive over and over again.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Directions:

  • Add in all the ingredients in a blender and blender for under a minute
  • Next, pour the mixture carefully in an ice-cube tray or popsicle molds
  • Set in the freezer overnight and serve the next day

– via Belly Full

38. Strawberry And Banana Pupsicle

Valentine’s Day and doggy treats go hand in hand.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries (remove the tops)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender and pour out into a heart-shaped silicone mold tray
  • Set in the freezer for 6 to 7 hours, and serve with love

– via GoneToTheSnowDogs

39. Peanut Butter And Banana Combo

If your dog loves the taste of coconut then this is the recipe for you.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of yogurt
  • Water

Directions:

  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a glass bowl. Next, take a bite-sized silicone mold tray and gently add the mixture in the tray
  • Set the tray in the freezer overnight. You can store these treats in an air-tight container in the refrigerator

– via Tiny Terrier

40. Coconut Oil and Berry Treat

Blueberries frozen inside a bed of tasty coconut oil? Your pet will love this treat, that’s for sure.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (virgin)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (frozen will do as well)

Directions:

  • Pour out the coconut oil in a mold tray and carefully leave enough space in each mold to fit a single blueberry
  • Once you’ve poured the oil, gently add a single blueberry to each mold and place the tray in the fever
  • That’s it, your work is done. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer

– via Hello Nature

41. Yogurt and Berries Dog Treats

With ingredients like blueberries and strawberries, this treat makes for the perfect dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yogurt (plain and low-fat if you prefer)
  • 10 strawberries (diced)
  • 20 blueberries

Directions:

  • Randomly place blueberries and strawberries in an ice-cube tray
  • Using a spoon fill the tray with yogurt. Continue until the tray is filled to the top. Gently tap the tray on your workspace to get rid of air bubbles
  • Place the tray in the freezer for at least 5 hours

– via BiggerBolderBaking

yogurt and berries dog treats
These are healthy treats you can easily prepare for your pup.

42. Apple And Carrot Treats For Pups

Puppies can be difficult to please. That’s why we found this yummy snack recipe that’ll keep your puppy bouncing with joy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple (de-seeded and pureed)
  • 1 carrot (shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Directions:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, until a type of chunky batter forms
  • Take a silicone mold tray or an ice-cube tray and scoop the batter in carefully
  • Place the treats in the freezer for 5 to 6 hours and then serve

– via Big Bakes

Sweet Baked Homemade Dog Treats

Our baked dessert recipes for dogs will have your canine eating out of your hand in no time.

43. Carrot Cookies

Carrots are a versatile vegetable and can be used in many recipes. Our carrot cookies will have your doggy eating out of the paw of your hand

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (virgin)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups carrots (shredded)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon powder

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 330 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper
  • Add in all the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Once the mixture is properly blended, stir in the carrots. Next, add in the flour and cinnamon powder, and gently fold in the ingredients until the mixture reaches a doughy consistency
  • Roll out the dough on a flat surface with 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out cookie shapes with the cookie cutter of choice
  • Line up the cookies on the baking and bake for 30. Leave the cookies in the oven for 15 minutes after baking time
  • Serve when completely cooled

– via Elephantastic Vegan

44. Flavorful Peanut Butter Biscuits

If your pup loves peanut butter then it’s going to love this recipe. These cookies are flavorful, nourishing, and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 8 tablespoons peanut butter (organic and unsalted)
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 bananas (mashed)
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper
  • Add in all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until all the ingredients are combined well
  • Roll out the dough mixture on a flat surface. The thickness of the rolled out dough should be at least 1/4 inch
  • Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter
  • Bake the cookies for 30 to 40 minutes. Leave the cookies in the oven for 1 hour after having cooked for extra crunch

– via Damn Delicious

45. Banana Cupcakes

You can’t go wrong with this banana cupcake recipe with low-fat milk. Your pooch will thank you for it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (mashed)
  • 1 cup dry dog food
  • 1 banana cupcake instant mix (7-ounce pack)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 330 degrees
  • Next, blend the dry dog food kibble in a blender until it forms a powder
  • Add the dry dog food powder and mashed bananas in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Then add in all the other ingredients
  • Grease a cupcake tray and then pour the mixture into it carefully
  • Bake the mixture for 25 minutes and leave the tray in for an additional 10 minutes after turning the oven off
  • Wait until the cupcakes have cooled entirely before taking them out

– via The Doggy Bone Cookbook

46. Yogurt And Banana Pupcakes

We have it on good authority that pupcakes are loved by all puppy-kind. That’s why you need to give this recipe a try at the earliest.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 bananas (mashed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
  • Next, mix in all the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • In a separate bowl, mix in all the wet ingredients together, along with the eggs
  • Transfer the wet mixture to the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix well. Once the mixture reaches a smooth consistency, carefully add the batter to a cupcake tray
  • Bake for around 20 minutes or until pupcakes are completely baked

– via FreshKitchen

47. Granola Goodness

This name of this recipe says it all. It has granola, molasses, and honey – a winning combination.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 tablespoons plain granola
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons evaporated milk (low-fat)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees and mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined
  • Mix some flour and granola in a small bowl. Next, use a tablespoon to scoop out the dough mixture and use your hands to roll into a ball shape
  • Roll the ball very gently in the dry granola mixture
  • Place the treats on a parchment-lined baking tray and bake until the treats are lightly browned

– via BunnyRooBeagle

48. Cheerios And Peanut Butter Balls

If you want a recipe that’s sweet, crunchy, and appetizing – then you need to try this recipe out. Fast.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (chunky)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheerios (Honey Nut)
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Directions:

  • Set up the oven at 350 degrees and warm the peanut butter in the microwave for about a minute
  • Add all the ingredients in a large bowl, and mix gently until all the mixture forms a sticky consistency
  • Use a tablespoon to drop the mixture on a paper-lined baking tray.
  • Bake the treats until they are golden brown

– via Dog Food Cookbook

49. Puppy Bites

Almond butter and cinnamon combine to make this heavenly puppy dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 5 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Directions:

  • Set the oven at 330 degrees and grease a cookie sheet
  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Scoop out the batter on the baking tray with a tablespoon
  • Cook the treats until they turn golden brown. Serve to your little pup only after the treats have cooled down

– via Pretty Fluffy

50. Pumpkin And Almond Biscuit

Looking for a scrumptious and salubrious snack? Try out this pumpkin and almond biscuit recipe because it doesn’t get much better than this.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin (canned)
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 2 Tsp coconut oil

Directions:

  • Mix all the ingredients, and then form into small 1 to 2-inch cookies
  • Place on a greased cookie sheet and then bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes

– via Healthy Dog Club

Homemade Dog Food – FAQs

Well, if that wasn’t an all-inclusive list, we don’t know what is. However, before you leave, be sure to check out the FAQs we’ve collected.

Our team scoured the internet for hours, and picked the top four most frequently asked questions about homemade dog food. And, here’s what they are…

What are the Best Ingredients for Homemade Dog Food?

As far as fruits and vegetables are concerned, produce like spinach, carrots, peas, and all types of squash are very good for dogs. Some ingredients are not harmful, but not essential as other natural foods. For instance, avocadoes, sweet potato, cabbage all fall within this category.

Then there’s a list of ingredients that are harmful to dogs and should be avoided, such as, onions, garlic, raisins.

Is it Cheaper to Make Your Own Dog Food?

To a large extent, the cost of homemade dog food will depend on the ingredients you buy. Organic is always pricier, whereas buying in bulk may save you a few bucks.

It’s natural to wonder if cooking homemade dog food will also help your wallet in the long run. The advantage of homemade dog food can be reaped by you and your pet – if you plan out the meals and play it smart.

The good news is that the standard ingredients in most DIY dog food recipes like chicken or turkey or carrot or peas – isn’t all that expensive at all.

Is Homemade Food Better for Dogs?

Homemade dog food is often better for dogs when compared to a commercial diet. Also, a homemade diet for dogs isn’t difficult to maintain unless they have a medical condition that requires specific care.

Think about it, if you only ate processed food 3 times a day and 7 days a week – how healthy would your body be? Some critics of homemade dog diets argue that commercial food has a lot of other nutrients that your dogs need.

But this problem can be easily remedied. Just talk over your diet plans with the pet’s vet, and you’ll be good to go.

What Supplements Should be Added to Homemade Dog Food?

There’s a variety of good sources on the internet that make good suggestions about the kind of supplements you should add in your homemade dog food.

Nonetheless, we recommend that you discuss any supplement you intend to feed your pet with your vet first. As a matter of fact, your vet can even give you suggestions about the kind of diet that’ll be best for your pooch depending on its breed, age, and health.

You have so many different homemade dog recipes to choose from! Don’t spoil your dog too much and make sure to ration their food appropriately.