Homemade Dog Treats for the Holwliday!

12/22/16 at 11:30 AM | Published Under Dog Play by Sandy Robins

Making homemade dog treats for a favorite pooch shows that you’ve added an additional dollop love by creating a special personalized gift.


This scrumptious almond cookie recipe comes from Marc Ching a fourth-generation herbalist and homeopath, who runs an animal nutrition and wellness center in Sherman Oaks, California called The PetStaurant. (http://thepetstaurant.com). It’s both sugar- and grain-free, and, ideal for dogs prone to allergies from high sugar and high starch diets.


Holiday Almond Cookies

½ cup cold pressed coconut oil

5 tablespoons almond butter

½ cup flax meal

¼ cup almond flour

2 eggs (omit the eggs to make a vegan treat)


Mix eggs, almond butter and flax meal together in a bowl. Sift in the almond flour, then heat the coconut oil and add. Mix all together. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and apply some coconut oil to the paper to prevent sticking. 

Preheat oven and bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes.

Remove pan and cut treats into small squares.

Then place treats back into oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Treats will be semi soft. Store in the refrigerator.


You can personalize the treats further by storing them in a hand painted a mason jar that afterwards can be used as an all-purpose treat container. Ask the kids to help with the decorating. And to complete the gift, attach a new toy such as one of the fetch/chew toys from the new goDog RhinoPlay collection. Made from a proprietary pop-foam, these colorful and very durable non-toxic toys include the Circ – a donut-shaped fetch toy with a square hold for easier pick-up, the Beast, a ball designed for aggressive chewers as well as the Flip disc and the Vexo fetch stick. All are available in two sizes and a portion of all sales go to charity. http://www.oneworldplayproject.com/play-soccer-balls-for-sale/non-toxic-durable-dog-toys/


If you are planning to give your pooch his own very special holiday dinner, the recipe for individual pumpkin pies will make the perfect dessert.


1 Tbsp organic coconut oil

I cup of Grandma Lucy’s organic pumpkin baked treats

1 sliced whole banana

1/2 can of unsweetened pumpkin puree

Double up the ingredients if you plan to make a bigger batch.



Break up the treats and place together with the coconut oil in a blender and reduce to crumbs.

Coat small tart pans with coconut oil and pat the crumbs into the pan to create a pie base.

Puree the pumpkin and banana and spoon evenly on top of the base.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 deg F.


Banana and Peanut Butter  “Frosting”

½ a banana

2 Tbsp Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp peanut butter

Again double up on ingredients for a bigger batch.

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

Place the mixture in a piping bag and use to decorate the tarts.

Store in the refrigerator.


To avoid pet-related holiday disasters, never store food-related presents under the Christmas tree or hang them in a pooch designated stocking that they can access. Also avoid hanging both dog cookies and small catnip toys on the tree as decorations too. Pets are unable to resist the temptation to help themselves before the gift giving officially begins.


Happy howlidays!

About the Author

Sandy-dog-554x1024 Sandy Robins

As the country’s leading multi-media celebrity pet lifestyle expert and  influencer, SANDY ROBINS documents the wonderful relationship that we have with our pets highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen.

Many dogs and cats have lifestyles that mirror their pet parents’ own lives. Nothing is too good for our fur kids. Consequently, the pet industry is a 58 billion dollar business – bigger than toys, candy and jewelry combined. Sandy documents this industry every step of the way  highlighting how these trends can improve our pet’s general health and well being and enhance our human-animal bond.


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