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Did you know that pet food is 12% more expensive than it was two years ago?

Dog treats aren’t immune from this inflation. If you’re looking to cut back on costs, or make your pet’s treats more organic, doing it yourself is the way to go.

Homemade dog treats are often healthier alternatives to the products sold in stores. The best recipes are cheap to make and don’t take lots of time.

To get you started, we’ve rounded up the best affordable, no-fuss homemade dog treat recipes we can find. Read on to find the best homemade dog treats for your furry friend!

Frozen Blueberry Banana Bites

The easiest recipe on this list, these frozen bites from Peel with Zeal, only require three ingredients. Blend up bananas, blueberries, and Greek yogurt.

Then pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container. Freeze until set and keep them stored in the freezer.

These chilly fruity bites are the perfect way to cool your dog down for cheap on a hot day. And you can make them even more affordable by buying frozen fruit instead of fresh!

No-Bake Pumpkin Treats

Like the blueberry banana bites, these pumpkin treats from Sunny Day Family are set in the freezer. But once they’re solid, you can store them elsewhere.

They’re also a three-ingredient recipe. All you need to make this dog treat is coconut oil, pumpkin puree, and ground ginger. Melt the oil and puree in a pan, then pour into a freezer-safe mold with a dash of ginger.

This recipe is perfect for helping with digestion. Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber, and ginger helps to settle the stomach.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Let’s move on to the baked treats! Peanut butter cookies will make your home smell so good! This recipe from The Cookie Rookie uses the following ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Peanut butter
  • Egg
  • Honey
  • Water

Combine the ingredients into a dough, then roll out and cut into cookies. Bake for around 20 minutes at 375º F.

If you want to add a little flair, there’s also a recipe for some dog-friendly frosting! Melt peanut butter and honey together, then stir in cornstarch and hot water. Generously drizzle it over your baked cookies.

Chicken & Beet Cookies

Want to get a little meat into your homemade dog treats? Try these chicken and beet cookies from Three Little Ferns.

Blend up cooked chicken, cooked beets, oatmeal, and an egg. Then bake at 350º F for about 15 minutes. It’s the perfect way to use up leftovers and save on dog treats at the same time!

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