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Dog Treat Simple and Quick

I am always looking for healthy dog treats that I can make at home and don’t take all day to make.  I have searched high and low and finally found a great all-natural homemade treat book that I have used almost exclusively this past year.

Holistic meals for your dog


I found it on Amazon and it’s called Home Cooking for your Dog by Cristine M. Filardi. It not only gives great treat recipes, but it also provides natural whole meal recipes if you want to get away from the commercial dog foods. I like her approach as she believes in variety and doesn’t think it is ‘all or nothing’. I highly recommend it.

I have made a total of 7 different treats from this book and my dogs have loved them all. The thing I like about them, aside from the wholesome ingredients, is that I can take a melon baller and scoop out the dough and plop them on the cookie sheet. No rolling out or using cookie cutters. Very quick and easy!

Here is one of the Sage Hound’s favorites:


Banana Breakfast Bites

This makes a little over 4 dozen treats if you use a teaspoon or medium melon ball scoop. I prefer smaller treats as Ace has a tendency to put on the pounds.

3 cups puffed rice cereal (I couldn’t find the puffed rice cereal so I used crushed plain rice cakes)

1 -1/4 cups unsalted beef or chicken broth

1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup thinly sliced banana

8 oz. ground beef

1 large egg


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper (I prefer the parchment so there is less mess to clean up).

In a large bowl, combine the cereal and broth and let them soak for 10 minutes or until the cereal has absorbed most of the broth. It won’t take long and I just keep stirring until all of the broth is absorbed.

Add the flour, banana, beef(raw), and egg to the bowl and mix well.

Drop rounded teaspoon (or tablespoon if you want larger treats) of dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 1/2-inch apart from each other. I always prepare at least 2-3 cookie sheets to save time. Bake them for 15-18 minutes, until slightly hardened. Allow the treats to cool for 30 minutes before serving. I don’t know about your house, but my guys wait around for the first taste so I usually put them out on a rack on the kitchen table so they cool faster.

Refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.  I use ziplock freezer bags and freeze them in small batches so I can take them out and use them as needed within the 3 day timeframe once thawed. They LOVE them!

I would love to hear about any homemade treat recipes you might have that your dogs love.


xx Mary + the Sage Hounds


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