Homemade Grain-free Dog Treats

I haven’t had dogs of my own for a while now but I have friends and clients who do. Most of them are pretty savvy and try to do the best for their dogs by feeding them healthy food. These grain-free dog treats are a perfect gift for them.

Healathy, homemade, grain-free dog treats in DIY treat jar

At the holidays, I am better at giving gifts to the pets I know than their human caretakers. When I make treats, I want them to be as healthy as possible so, this year, I developed these grain-free treats.

The dough can be a little tricky to work with but all my taste testers unanimously give paws up for the finished product.

Just 5 healthy ingredients: coconut flour, applesauce, nut butter, eggs and coconut oil
Just 5 healthy ingredients and a few supplies is all it takes.
Mixing ingredients
Stir all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Ball of dough
Form the dough into a ball and chill for about 10 minutes.
Patted out dough
I pat the dough out quite a bit before I start rolling
Rolled out dough
Dust with coconut flour and roll out the dough. I do half of it at a time. That usually fills one cookie sheet.
Dough cut with dog bone shaped cutter
Cut out the dough with your favorite shape cutter.
The finished grain-free dog treats on a cookie sheet
Bake until golden brown and thoroughly dry.

Healthy, Grain-Free Dog Treats

Nutty Biscuits


1½ cups coconut flour
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup peanut butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
4 eggsJust 5 healthy ingredients in these grain-free dog treats
½ cup coconut oil


1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Combine all ingredients and form into a ball. Dough will be soft but not sticky.

3. Roll out between parchment or on a silicon mat to about ¼ inch or a little less. Thickness will determine baking time.

4. Add a little coconut flour as needed to prevent sticking. Chilling for about 10 minutes will also help prevent sticking. I roll out half at a time and leave the other half in the fridge.

5. Cut in desired shape(s) with cookie cutter(s).

6. If you are lucky, they will stick in the cutter and you can pick them up like that. If not, lift up bottom paper or mat and let cutout fall into your hand one at a time.

7. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicon mat.

8. Bake 30-45 minutes or until hard. Gently press the center with your finger to test. Adjust your temperature if necessary. Better to cook them long and low rather than over-brown them before they are dry.

9. Turn every 15 minutes or so for even browning. They should be very lightly browned. Dough is still very fragile so turn carefully. I use my hands.

I like to turn off the oven and leave them in until they are completely cool. The drier the treats are, the longer they will keep at room temperature. If they are not completely dry, they should be stored in the refrigerator. Remember, these treats contain no preservatives.

This recipe made about 50 pieces using a 3″ bone cutter plus a dozen 1″ pieces.

Put these yummy, grain-free dog treats in a homemade treat jar and you have a fun gift for a special pet.

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24 thoughts on “Homemade Grain-free Dog Treats

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  • November 29, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Those treats look so cute! It seems like they are really easy to make too. Great idea for giving to all of the dogs in your life.

  • November 29, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Oooh, that looks yummy! For ME! I ♥ peanut butter!

    OK, maybe I shouldn’t eat dog biscuits, but still. Great treat! Never heard of coconut flour ’til today, and I’m very intrigued.

  • November 29, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Yummy! I tried these and used real apple because I didn’t have applesauce and my dogs loved them! Thanks for the recipe and motivation!!!

    • November 29, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      That sounds great! Glad your dogs enjoyed them.

    • November 29, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      I did actually taste them! Not bad. A little dry for my taste!

  • November 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    How wonderful, sweet and you’ve made it sound to easy to do!!

  • November 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    These sounds like great treats. I’ll add it to my file of dog treat recipes.

  • November 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

    This looks like a great recipe! I’m sure my dogs would love those treats.

  • November 29, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Those look like delicious treats for dogs. I can make batches of this for my babies and as gifts.

  • November 29, 2015 at 7:20 am

    That’ll make a fantastic gift for your dog friends! I hope they enjoy them – they sound like they are yummy.

  • November 28, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I am always on the hunt for homemade dog treats and love sharing them with my doggie pet parents. It is always a great gifting idea, I don’t know of too many dogs that will turn down a treat. When they are healthy, nutritious and yummy well that’s just an added benefit.

  • November 28, 2015 at 5:40 am

    The great thing about this recipe is that, if so inspired, you could add or change ingredients to align with your dog’s nutritional needs or personal taste preferences. And it’s only four ingredients!

    • November 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Absolutely, Bernard! This recipe makes it easy to add or change ingredients.

  • November 27, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I was so excited to find coconut flour at the store the other day!! I pinned this recipe for future reference. ☺

    • November 28, 2015 at 9:49 am

      I started experimenting with alternative flours in my personal baking a year or so ago. I get mine in the bulk food section.

  • November 27, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Love the way these look — so cute with the bone shape. I’d be interested to know if you have any homemade cat treat recipes too! I’d love to make treats for my gang.

    • November 28, 2015 at 9:50 am

      So glad you asked about cat treats! I have more recipes for cats than dogs since I have cats at home. I’ll be posting some of them too.

  • November 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    What a wonderful gift to give to someone with a dog. So easy and certainly gifted with love.


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