Homemade dog treats are one of those things that once you make, you wonder why you never made them before. This is a fun recipe that your kids will love to help you with, and of course your dog will be furever grateful. (<—See what I did there? Bad pun…sorry.)
My issue(s) with store-bought dog treats is that they can be expensive. I end up paying $3+ for a box, and then my dog won’t eat them. So frustrating! These treats are made with ingredients you should have in your pantry, so they’re cheap. They’re super easy to whip up, and the added benefit of making something homemade: you know exactly what’s in them. I’m able to control what my dog eats and that’s a good feeling.
A popular recipe on Golden Barrel’s blog are these coconut oil dog treats. (If you haven’t tried making them yet, do it!) This time around I wanted to try a biscuit-type treat. One that’s hard, flavorful, and healthful. And these treats fit the bill. They’re loaded with ingredients that your dog will love, and they’re actually good for them too. With blackstrap molasses as a star ingredient, your furry friend will gain its benefits. Blackstrap is loaded with manganese, which is an antioxidant that helps build healthy bones. It also is full of iron, copper, and other good-for-you (and your dog!) minerals. Read more about the benefits of blackstrap molasses here. Coconut oil is also incredibly healthful to dogs. Its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties help heal your dog from within. (It’s also beneficial when applied topically to help heal skin issues.)
I added some brewer’s yeast for some flea-fighting power. I found mine at my local health food store. Again, this is just another ingredient known to help prevent common issues with dogs, like fleas. I encourage you to research the benefits of these ingredients as they can/should be used as healthful alternatives to chemical ingredients.
This dough makes approximately 3 dozen treats. Finn and I had lots of fun rolling out the dough and using different cookie cutters to make different shapes. Finn also enjoyed eating the dough! Everything in the dough is good for you, so I didn’t mind.
So if you’re looking for a yummy (and nutritious) treat for your dog, give these Dog Treats Made with Coconut Oil and Molasses a try! Our Penny sure loves them.
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.