Homemade Grain-Free Dog Treats: Nala and Nellie’s Favorite Recipe


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One of my favorite ways to save money on pet care and supplies is to make my own dog treats. Yes, it takes effort, but it’s cost effective and allows us to monitor exactly what’s going inside our pups’ stomachs. Nellie’s the definition of sneaky, and she’s surreptitiously devoured an entire cheese board before without any issues. Nala, on the other hand, has an insanely sensitive stomach, which is also coupled with skin allergies, so we’re super picky about her food and treats. My rule of thumb is the less ingredients, the better. With that in mind, I’m sharing Nala and Nellie’s favorite grain free homemade dog treats recipe in today’s post! There are only 4 core ingredients, with pinches of salt and cinnamon being optional for taste. Keep reading for the full recipe!

Before getting started, here’s everything you’ll need to make a batch of these grain free peanut butter dog treats:

  • 2 1/2 cups coconut flour (substitute with apple flour or whole wheat flour if being grain-free isn’t a concern– I’ve made them both ways, and the dogs can’t tell the difference)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional for taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional for taste)
  • bone cookie cutter (optional)

Grain-Free Peanut Butter Dog Treats Recipe

4-Ingredient Grain Free Homemade Dog Treats by southern lifestyle blogger and golden retriever dog mom Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante, diy grain free dog treats, grain free peanut butter dog treats recipe

To make a batch, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the coconut flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl or mixer. Add water one tablespoon at a time to help make the dough pliable, but keep in mind that the dough should be dry and stiff. If the dough is too sticky, gradually add more flour one tablespoon at a time.

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Then, roll the dough until it’s 1/2-inch-thick and, using a small circle or bone-shaped cookie cutter (I used this one), cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray a pet-safe non-stick spray (I use avocado oil) and evenly space out treats. 

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Lastly, bake for 40 minutes or until hard. It’s important that the treats are completely dried out, otherwise they can start to mold within a few days. Store in an airtight container (I used one from this set and then created a vinyl dog treats label with my Cricut Explore Air 2) or in the freezer. Easy peasy!

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Grain-Free Peanut Butter Dog Treats
These peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats are grain free, gluten free, and downright delicious to dogs!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 hr
Total Time
40 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 hr
Total Time
40 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups coconut flour
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  4. 1 cup canned pumpkin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the coconut flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Roll the dough until it’s 1/2-inch-thick and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray a pet-safe non-stick spray and evenly space out treats.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until completely hard. Store in an airtight container or in the freezer.
Notes
  1. Great tip for making the dough: Add water one tablespoon at a time to help make the dough pliable, but keep in mind that the dough should be dry and stiff. If the dough is too sticky, gradually add more apple flour one tablespoon at a time.
  2. It’s important that the treats are completely dried out after baking, otherwise they can start to mold in a few days.
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Adapted from All Recipes
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Super easy, right? For more grain-free homemade dog treats recipes, check out this article. I haven’t made any of these myself yet, but they sound great and have awesome reviews.

4-Ingredient Grain Free Homemade Dog Treats by southern lifestyle blogger and golden retriever dog mom Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante, diy grain free dog treats, grain free peanut butter dog treats recipe

Have questions about this recipe? Feel free to shoot me an email or leave me a comment. From one concerned dog mom to another, I’m happy to help!

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Grain-Free Dog Treats: Nala and Nellie’s Favorite Recipe

  1. Marta

    They look great and super easy to do. I never made my own treats, it’s always easier to just buy them but I always find it hard to find treats for my dog because he’s small and some treats are huge and he can’t even bite into them because he has sensitive teeth. I think I’m gonna try these and make them really small, do you think they’ll turn out okay if I cut all the measurements in half so that I don’t make too many?

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    1. Stephanie Ziajka Post author

      For sure! I know a lot of people with smaller dogs cut theirs into quarter or nickel-sized treats instead dog bones, too. Let me know if you have any other questions, Marta– happy to help! 🙂

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