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Dog treat recipes

By Dr. Nancy Soares

Selecting the right snack, diet, or ingredient for your dog will help keep him in shape while also avoiding digestive problems. Whole wheat flours, sweet potatoes, fruits, and vegetables are healthy for dogs. If it’s found in the "healthy" column for humans, it’s likely in the healthy column for pets. However, there are some foods dogs should avoid including raisins, grapes, chocolate (especially baking chocolate), coffee, caffeine, macadamia nuts, avocado, alcohol, yeast dough, xylitol, onions, chives, and salt. Similar to the human species, dogs don’t all have the same palate. Taste buds vary within the canine world as they do in ours. Let your dog do their own taste test and decide for themselves.  

Below, we share some of our favorite recipes to try with your dog.

Yummy Munchy Pup Cakes


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

In a large bowl, blend the water, carrots, egg, vanilla, and honey.  Add the mashed bananas.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, nutmeg & cinnamon.

Pour the mixture into the carrot mixture & mix thoroughly. 

Spray a 12 cupcake pan with non-stick spray.

Fill each approx 3/4 full. 

Bake 50-60 mins.

Cool before serving.


Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich Treats


Slice bananas into 1/ 2 inch thick 

Freeze until solid.

Place peanut butter between 2 banana slices.


Parmesan Pleaser


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a blender or food processor, thoroughly mix all ingredients.  Add just enough water to form a stiff dough consistency.

Use a wooden rolling pin dusted with flour to toll out the dough to ½ inch thickness.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

For crunchier treats, turn the oven off & let the cookies stay in the oven for an additional hour.  For more doughy treats, remove the cookies right away.

Allow the giant treat cookie to cool before breaking into small pieces. 

Store refrigerated in a sealed container.


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