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Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Updated: Feb 25, 2022

Packed with wholesome ingredients like oats, pumpkin and applesauce - what's not to like?!

There are some ingredients that are nutritional superstars for our canine friends. The ground flax seed is a great source of Omega-3s, which help keep the dogs coat and skin healthy.

Eggs are an amazing source of protein and pumpkin is full of fiber which helps keep the gut balanced. The apple sauce is full of phytonutrients which are thought to help protect against cancers. The olive oil helps much-needed healthy fats to your dog and contains compounds that may help to prevent cancer. The wheat germ is packed with Vitamin E that keeps the dog's coat soft and silky.

What will you need?

  • 2 3/4 cups (327 grams) whole wheat flour or rice flour if your dog has an intolerance.

  • 1 cup (75 grams) wheat germ

  • 1/2 cup (43 grams) ground flax seed

  • 3 large eggs (153 grams, weighed out of shell)

  • 1/2 cup (106 grams) olive oil

  • 1/2 cup (122 grams) unsweetened apple sauce

  • 1/2 cup (122 grams) pumpkin puree

  • 1 tablespoon (20 grams) honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or grease with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, wheat germ/flax seed. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, olive oil, apple sauce, pumpkin and honey until smooth.

  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Form the dough into a disc.

  4. On floured parchment paper, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut shaped with a cookie cutter and place them an inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.

  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the treats are deep golden brown and very hard. Cool completely on a rack before letting your pup enjoy.

If the dough is sticky or hard to work with, refrigerate for 30 minutes and/or kneed in an extra tablespoon or two of flour.

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