Commercial dog treats use different artificial preservatives to increase their longevity. Consequently, the use of these products can be harmful to the health of your pup. Fortunately, there are many homemade dog treats recipes that are delicious and long lasting.
How to Make Long Lasting Dog Treats?
There are many methods to extend the shelf life of homemade dog treats. For instance, you can make a dog treat last longer by removing the excess moisture from it. For this purpose, you may have to bake a little longer. Similarly, allowing treats to cool before storing is another way of preserving freshness.
In addition to these techniques, you can also use natural preservatives (as ingredients) to make long lasting dog treats. Nutrients, like Vitamin C and Vitamin E, are quite effective for keeping things fresh. Likewise, you can use spices, such as cinnamon, rosemary, and sage, for preserving baked goods. The following is a list of long lasting recipes that can be cooked at home.
Long Lasting Dog Treats Recipe
This homemade dog treat recipe is extremely simple to make as it only requires a bowl and 5 ingredients. The use of cinnamon or pumpkin spice makes it long lasting while peanut butter provides a delicious flavor. The mentioned quantities of ingredients are for 48 servings.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup peanut butter natural, NO Xylitol or sugar substitutes
- 2 cups whole wheat flour all-purpose can be used instead
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon (NO nutmeg in your pumpkin pie spice because it can be toxic to some dogs)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, and peanut butter. Stir until completely combined.
- Add in flour and pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon) – stirring just until combined.
- Lightly flour a flat surface and roll out dough to one-quarter inch, using flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking.
- Cut shapes out of dough and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 to 40 minutes – depending on the desired level of crunchiness.
- Remove treats from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.
Thank you to Mom on Timeout for this recipe.
Long Lasting Dog Biscuits
These homemade biscuits are a perfect treat for your furry companion. Baking at home guarantees that your pet is consuming natural and healthy ingredients. Therefore, you can avoid a lot of health issues that can affect your canine. The stated quantities of ingredients make 31 dog biscuits.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup toasted wheat germ
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- Preheat oven to 350°. Combine flour, wheat germ, and cinnamon. Stir in remaining ingredients.
- On a floured surface, roll dough to ¼-inch thickness. Cut with a 3-inch bone-shaped cookie cutter.
- Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until bottoms are lightly browned (tops may crack), 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
Thank you to Taste of Home for this recipe.
DIY Long Lasting Dog Chews
Looking to make some long lasting chews for your canine companion? This homemade recipe is ideal to keep your dog busy. The stated ingredients are enough to make 30-35 chews.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour or any flour your pet can have.
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ cup applesauce
- ½ cup finely shredded carrot
- 1 cup oatmeal (old fashioned)
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- ¼ cup milk
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.
- In a mixer bowl, add applesauce, carrot, oatmeal, and half of the flour mixture.
- Mix on low speed and gradually add the remaining flour mixture.
- Drizzle in the egg and milk.
- Mix on medium speed until well combined.
- Scoop 2 tablespoon portions onto the prepared baking sheet. (They do not spread much during baking, they stay in the scooped shape.)
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned on the outside but still soft on the inside.
- Remove and allow to cool.
- Keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze.
Thank you to Epicuricloud for this recipe.
Long Lasting Dog Snacks
Dogs are extremely fond of snacks but the regular consumption of commercial dog treats can be problematic. These healthy cookies serve as a perfect alternative because they are made from natural ingredients. Not only are these snacks nutritious, but they also have a long shelf life.
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- ¼ cup oat bran
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 4 tablespoons safflower oil
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 medium eggs (including shells)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Wash the empty eggshells in warm water until all of the egg white is removed, leaving the membrane in place. Air-dry the shells on a piece of paper towel, then break them into small pieces. After that, grind them in a coffee grinder or nut mill. Alternatively, you can also place them in a plastic zip-top bag and use a rolling pin to grind them.
- Combine the oats, buckwheat flour, whole wheat flour, dried parsley, dried rosemary, and ground eggshells in the large mixing bowl and mix well. Add the boiling water, safflower oil, molasses, and honey. Mix to form a sticky dough.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about ¼-inch thick. Place the dough on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and bake for about 30 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn off the oven.
- Score the dough into squares with a knife or pizza cutter. Place the snacks back in the oven and leave them overnight (to make them harder).
Thank you to Daily Puppy for this recipe.