Here is a simple recipe to make your own homemade dog treats with cheese. These cheddar cheese treats are a healthy delicious treat that is perfect for training your puppy, giving as gifts to pup play pals, or just anytime! Our Flora loves her cheddar cheese dog treats
If you know me or my family you know that we really ❤ our 4-legged baby, Flora. To quote my favorite nanny, she is ‘practically perfect in every way’ and makes us smile on a regular basis throughout each day
Because she does bring us so much joy, we love doing things with and for her. She enjoys going on walks, hikes, and car rides and especially loves swimming and snuggling. She has not met a food she doesn’t like and so of course, adores her treats and goodies.
Every now and again Kate and I will make a batch of homemade treats and recently made a batch of these cheddar cheese dog treats for Flora and some of her pup pals.
Flora is quite the princess and wears a shiny gold collar with rhinestone-encrusted dog bones to prove it.
The Natural Ingredients in These Cheddar Cheese Dog Treats
Whole Wheat Flour.
While some dog foods leave out wheat, there is a benefit to dogs from whole wheat because it aids their digestion and is a great source of fiber and protein. These presume your pet does not have an intolerance to the grain.
Wheat bran is the nutritious covering that protects a grain seed. It has significant quantities of protein, iron, fatty acids, and B-vitamins. Also rich in fiber, wheat bran helps with colon health, weight management, constipation, diarrhea, and diabetes.
Coconut oil contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease. Additionally, it helps make dogs’ coats shiny and can aid in digestion.
Side note: if you are an avid user of coconut oil, like I am, and are tired of having to scoop it out of the tub, check out this post where I discuss a great idea for storing and using coconut oil. It makes my life much easier, and I hope it does the same for yours! But, if you don’t have coconut oil, feel free to substitute olive oil.
Honey is naturally high in enzymes and antioxidants Further, locally sourced honey can be very beneficial to aid those dogs suffering from allergies.
Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, essential fatty acids, b-complex vitamins, riboflavin, selenium, and other beneficial nutrients. Some folks even grind up the eggs shells and add them to their pet’s food.
Real cheese provides beneficial protein, enzymes, calcium, and other vitamins important to your pup’s health. Feel free to swap out the cheddar for another cheese your pup loves.
I used a good size cookie cutter, but if you have a smaller pup, you can easily use a much smaller cookie cutter…just mind the baking time as it will probably be much shorter.
These tummy yummy cheesy dog treats keep for several weeks in an airtight container in the pantry. However, ours haven’t stayed around long enough for us to determine their exact shelf life. Just to be sure, we do make sure that they are crisp when we put them in the pantry.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup water, or beef/chicken broth
- 4 TB honey
- 2 TB melted coconut oil, optional
- Combine flour, wheat bran, and cheddar cheese in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix to combine
- Roll dough between sheets of wax or parchment paper to a thickness of 1/8".
- Cut out with cookie cutters.
- Bake on parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheets at 350° for 20-25 minutes, or until dry and crisp.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g
Now, before you start making these, I want to tell you one of my favorite useful lifehacks. Before measuring the honey, coat your measuring spoon with oil which will make the honey slide right out without leaving any residue on the spoon!
Not sure Bernie’s cheddar cheese dog treats are going to make it to him in one piece. Lucky for him, I know where the stash is, and if worse comes to worst, I can whip up another batch rather quickly.
Looking for more dog treat recipes?
I’ve got you covered! This 3-Ingredient Dog Treats recipe is always one of our most popular posts…Flora gives it a big Paw Up! Pumpkin (or a variety of other soft fruits or vegetables) shines in these Pumpkin Dog Treats; this post also discusses grain substitutions. And these simple, ingredient Sweet Potato Dog Chews couldn’t be easier. Or, you can head over to see all of our popular homemade dog treat recipes in one place!
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