Wednesday, 25 November 2015
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{RECIPE} Super Simple Thanksgiving Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats stacked on napkins on top of a plaid tablecloth

Fancy treats are fun (and delicious of course), but your dog(s) will be just as appreciative of  a quick and simple treat.  Celebrating American Thanksgiving this week?  It's not too late to include you pup!  These two ingredient treats take mere minutes to whip up (great for cooking with kids!) much to the joy and delight of your eagerly awaiting taste-tester pups, and can be easily customised to any dog friendly flavour.

Super Simple Thanksgiving (or Anytime!) Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 single-serve jar of baby food (
we used kumara/sweet potato and carrot in this batch - see tips below)
Approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rice flour, or other flour of your choice
Water or low-sodium stock if/as needed to adjust consistency

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials. 

Empty the baby food into a mixing bowl, and incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough. The amount of flour required may vary slightly depending on your chosen baby food and type of flour. You can add a little bit of water, a small drizzle of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. 

Roll into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Baby food is a quick and easy way to add delicious nutritious content to homemade dog treats, but always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion. For this simple dough recipe, you can choose any dog-safe food flavour that you think your pup would enjoy. 
  • Alternatively, you can substitute an equivalent amount of dog-safe cooked pureed fruit and/or veggies.  We like to make and freeze batches of cooked veggies to have on hand for easy dog (and human!) use.  Take advantage of your Thanksgiving dinner prep and cooking to put a little extra aside (unseasoned) for future dog treats. As liquid content will vary, you may need to play around with the flour quantity (or add a little water) to get a nice workable consistency. I find ready made purees are often more liquidy than homemade.
  • If you want to roll-and-cut dog treats, be aware that plain baby food and flour dough tends to be soft and can be difficult to handle. Consider modifying the recipe with extra binding ingredients (or use a different recipe instead - we have lots of yummy ideas).
  • These treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. For more information, see our post on the shelf-life and storage of homemade baked dog treats.

Homemade dog treats stacked on napkins on top of a plaid tablecloth

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, some of your turkey dinner (like roasted turkey...cue doggy drool!) can be safely shared as a special treat without any extra fuss. Remember, no matter how difficult it may be to resist those puppy dog eyes, some Thanksgiving treats simply aren't safe to share with your pup.  Alternatively, you can pass food and treat your dog to a new toy (maybe a DIY fleece tug dog toy in autumn colours?) or perhaps a festive bandana. Of course, the most pawesome treat of all is enjoying the autumn outdoors together! Roll in the leaves, chase them in the wind, sniff all of the good autumn smells, and have a wonderful time.  Work off your Thanksgiving dinner and treats together. Have a great holiday long weekend!

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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