Are you looking for an easy-to-make dog training treat that will make your dog sit up and take notice? I just created over 500 baby food treats that literally took just minutes to prepare–and just one baking sheet. This recipe for homemade dog training treats is inexpensive and easy so get your training treat bag ready!
What You Need to Make These Homemade Dog Training Treats
You may have seen these silicone baking mats for use with chicken or other meats; you put the meat on top of the pyramids so the juices drain away from the meat, making it crisper.
Well, if you FLIP OVER the baking mat, the back side reveals hundreds of inverted pyramids, perfect for forming training treats!
The recipe is super easy — instead of meat, you’ll be purchasing three jars of baby food. I used beef but you can also opt for other varieties such as chicken, turkey or ham depending on your dog’s preferences.
In buying your baby food, check the jar to make sure it does not include onion powder.
Along with jars of baby food, you’ll need Cream of Wheat (original):
You’ll also need a metal baking sheet; I also lined it with parchment paper to make cleanup easy.
Easy Dog Training Treats Recipe
Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Now it’s a simple matter of mixing the baby food with 1/4 cup of cream of wheat. A quarter-cup is two of the individual serving packages:
Put the cream of wheat in a mixing bowl then add the baby food from the three jars:
Next, add one baby food jar filled with water (1/2 cup)–or use homemade broth, if you like.
Stir to mix everything completely…then it’s time to start filling the tiny holes of the baking mat.
First, dump the mixture in the center of the mat.
Next, use a spatula or kitchen scraper/chopper to spread the mixture across the many, many holes of the baking mat:
Think of it like grouting tile…you want to push the mixture into the spaces but you want to scrape the mixture off of the raised areas so your treats will come out of the tray separately when you’re done.
If you miss some batter and some treats come out joined together, it’s not a problem; you’ll be able to break these apart easily.
Once I filled the baking mat, I still had a little dough left over; I made a few larger drop cookies on the edge of the baking sheet:
Bake the Treats
Now it’s time to bake! Add the tray to your preheated oven for 25 minutes:
After 25 minutes, turn off the oven. Take out the baking sheet and pop out your training treats, dumping them onto the parchment paper.
If you have time, return the baking sheet to the now OFF oven, leaving the oven door cracked for about an hour. This will help dry out your treats to a crispier crunch.
How Long Can You Store the Treats?
Once the treats are cooled, bag them and store at room temperature for the day, refrigerate for four days or freeze.
Barli gives them a big paws up!
- 3 jars beef baby food
- 1/4 cup Cream of Wheat (2 packets)
- ½ cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine ingredients in bowl and mix well. If you like, you can substitute chicken or other (non-salted) broth in place of water for extra flavor.
- Pour batter onto back side of pyramid baking mat. Use spatula to scrape batter into Bake for 25 min. until brown.
- Cool on wire racks then refrigerate treats for up to four days or freeze.
Nutrition InformationYield 500 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 1Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
These values are estimates. Be sure to talk with your veterinarian before adding new foods to your dog's diet including dog treats.
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