There’s no denying it. Spencer loves treats. The word ‘cookie’ is enough to wake him from a dead sleep. But with recalls, unpronounceable ingredients, and the dreaded fillers and by-products out there, it’s hard to find something healthy that he actually likes. I’ve gone through all the categories – grain free, holistic, organic, limited ingredient, Made is USA only. One vet is recommending you stay away from anything with beef while another says to go for any kind of fish. It’s confusing, frustrating, and can be very scary.
One great alternative to all the hassle is homemade dog treats. You’re in control of what’s going into homemade dog treats, which is great for an overly-protective dog mom like me! I started experimenting just over a year ago with different types of treats. I started out finding a peanut butter bone recipe on Pinterest – shocker – that the dogs liked. But I wanted different kinds, textures, and flavors for them. So I’m here today to share Spencer’s all-time favorite homemade dog treats, baby food chews. The original recipe comes from Pet Coupon Savings, but I made some adjustments to better fit Spencer and Keira’s very complex (hah) pallets. They’re a great soft treat, perfect for training and spoiling. Plus they’re a great option for older dogs because of the soft texture, and the baby food and chicken stock guarantees no one will turn them down.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 containers of baby food
- 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken stock
- 1 1/2 tbsp. dried parsley.
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F
2. In a bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, baby food, and dried parsley. You’ll end up with a very dry sort of ball of dough. This is where that chicken stock comes in. Start with 1/4 cup and slowly stir in. You want your dough to be tacky, but you don’t want a sticky ball of mess.
3. Roll your dough in to medium sized balls and evenly space on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Press center of cookie with thumb.
4. Bake your cookies for 10-15 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown. Once cooled, you can store them for up to a month in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Spencer tested and approved! Experiment with different flavors of baby food to get the best option for your pup. These were chicken and apple. We’ve experimented with turkey and rice, chicken and vegetable, and chicken noodle with great feedback. I’ve also been experimenting with training treat sized bites.
Give them a try and let me know what you and your fuzzy family members think in the comments.