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Dog Food Recipes

5 Healthy Homemade Dog Food Recipes

If you have a dog, you know how much they love to eat! But how to make sure that they eat healthy food that’s also tasty? We have compiled 5 healthy homemade dog food recipes that your dog will love to chow. You can also save some money by making dog food at home.


Dog Food Recipes

1. Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies dog food recipes

We all know that dogs love peanut butter, and these cookies are an excellent way to add some healthy fish oil into your dog’s diet which they won’t eat in any other circumstances.

Fish oil improves a dog’s coat by making it shinier, softer, and healthier. There are numerous commercial brands of peanut butter that contain unhealthy hydrogenated oils and additives.

It is better to make your own peanut butter. You can make peanut butter at home by using a few raw peanuts, some peanut oil, and processing the mixture in your mixer, grinder, or food processor.

Here’s what you need to create Peanut butter cookies:


  • 2 cups of flour (white or wheat, if your pup has no wheat allergies)
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon of fish oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the flour and oats together in a large mixing bowl. Pour in one cup of water and blend until smooth. Add in the peanut butter, honey, and fish oil and mix until all the ingredients are well blended.
  3. Slowly add the water until the mixture has a thick and doughy consistency.
  4. Lightly flour a cooking surface. Roll the dough onto the cooking surface to create a 1/4 inch thick sheet.
  5. Use a cookie cutter to create shapes. Place the cookies onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Allow cooling completely before feeding.


2. Chicken Jerky

Chicken Jerky dog food recipes

Dogs would love these chicken jerky treats as an alternative to the commercial rawhides. The main reason dogs love this is because jerky is a bit tough and chewy. It keeps the dogs occupied for a while and they love the chewy feeling. The chicken also contains essential proteins that are extremely good to build and maintain a dog’s muscle structure.


  • 2 to 4 chicken breasts


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove any excess fat from the chicken. Turn the chicken breast on its side and use a paring knife to slice the chicken breast into 1/8 inch thick strips.
  3. Set the strips on a baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours.
  4. Check the chicken before removing it from the oven. It should be dry and hard, not soft or chewy. Allow the chicken to cool completely before serving.
  5. Store the jerky in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

For Vegetarians: You can substitute sweet potatoes for the chicken in this recipe. Sweet potatoes are very healthy and dogs love to eat them as well.


3. Fruit and Vegetable Strips

Fruit and Vegetable Strips dog food recipes

These are excellent and cheap alternatives to pricey dog foods sold on the market. This is one of those dog food recipes that are extremely easy to make.

With the use of a paring knife, you can easily slice and chop fruits and vegetables, including tougher ones like sweet potatoes and use them in smaller containers as training rewards.

Nutritional value is also high in these strips, such as vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system of the dogs.


  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup carrots, minced
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour (white if your dog has allergies)
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of water


  1. Cook the sweet potato in the microwave for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the insides are soft. Set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Mash the banana and sweet potato in a large mixing bowl with a hand masher until smooth. Add in the carrots, flour, and oats. Slowly add in the applesauce and water while mixing.
  4. The ingredients will form a soft dough. Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface until the dough is 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Cut the dough into strips.
  6. Cook on a baking sheet for 25 minutes.
  7. Store leftover strips in the fridge for up to two weeks.

4. Chicken Casserole

Chicken Casserole dog food recipes


Dog food recipes like these add a different flavor to your dog’s diet chart. This recipe is an awesome combination of tasty chicken along with nutritional vegetables. You can assure a perfect and balanced diet for your dog with this recipe.


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats.
  • 4 cups of low-salt chicken broth


  1. Remove excess fat from the chicken breasts and cut the breasts into small nickel-sized chunks.
  2. Cook the chicken breasts in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until no longer pink.
  3. Add the chicken, vegetables rolled oats, and chicken broth to a large pot and cook over medium heat until the carrots are tender – about 15 minutes.
  4. Allow cooling before serving.
  5. Store leftover casserole portions in the fridge for up to five days.

Tip: You can use a small amount of olive oil to fry the chicken if you are having trouble keeping the chicken breasts from sticking to the skillet.

5. Fruit Parfait for Dogs

 Fruit Parfait dog food recipes

Do you like desserts? Well, your dog loves them too! Fruit parfait is one of those dog food recipes that require the mixing of dairy and fruits together. No doubt they taste so amazing! Give your dogs a nice dose of vitamins and protein in the morning with this recipe.


  • 1/2 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries, diced
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce


  1. Blend all ingredients in a medium-size bowl until the yogurt is smooth and the fruit is well blended.
  2. Serve in small amounts.
  3. Store in the fridge for up to seven days.

Tip: When you plan to feed them a fruit parfait, make sure to reduce the amount of regular food for that day to avoid over-feeding.

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