Easter homemade dog treats

If you’re thinking of treating your dog this Easter, then why not use one of our homemade dog treat recipes for some Spring favourites and scrumptious seasonal snacks.

Our recipes

Your dog may love these delicious Easter dog treats, but it’s important to remember to only give them occasionally as part of a well-balanced diet. Some of these recipes may not be suitable for dogs with nut allergies or other special dietary needs.

Find out more about portion control and other things to think about when treating your dog to one of our festive snacks.

Happy Easter crunchies

Ingredients:
  • 110g peanut butter (xylitol-free)
  • 90ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 large carrot 
  • 175g wholewheat flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 30g rolled oats
Method:
Preheat your oven to 180°C/ 160°C Fan/ gas 4
  1. Add greaseproof paper to a large baking tray 
  2. Into a bowl, add the peanut butter, milk, egg and carrot and mix
  3. Stir in the wholewheat flour, baking powder and oats until the mixture forms a dough 
  4. Put the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough a little 
  5. Once the dough is ready, it should be thick and heavy 
  6. Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough out until it is about 1/4 inch thick 
  7. Using the Easter themed biscuit cutters, or template, cut out the biscuits 
  8. Add them to the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown 
  9. Leave them to cool on a wire cooling rack 

Easter Bunnies

Ingredients:
  • 130g pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg 
  • 30g peanut butter (xylitol-free)
  • 175g wholewheat flour 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Topping (optional)
  • 50g cream cheese or Greek yoghurt 
  • 30g raspberries 
Method:
Preheat your oven to 180°C/ 160°C Fan/ gas 4
  1. Add greaseproof paper to a large baking tray 
  2. In a bowl, add the pumpkin puree, egg and peanut butter and mix 
  3. Stir in the flour and cinnamon until a dough is formed 
  4. Sprinkle flour onto a clean surface and roll the dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick 
  5. Using the rabbit biscuit cutter, or a template, cut out the dog treats 
  6. Place the biscuits onto the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown 
  7. Leave to cool on a wire cooling rack 

Peanut butter Easter egg frosties

Ingredients:
  • 50g peanut butter (xylitol-free)
  • 85g Greek yoghurt 
  • 65g blueberries (chopped up)
Method:
  1. Add the peanut butter to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 60 seconds until melted 
  2. Add the Greek yoghurt to the same bowl the peanut butter is in and mix well 
  3. Roughly chop the blueberries and stir into the mixture 
  4. Add the mixture to the Easter egg moulds or into an ice cube tray 
  5. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight 
  6. When it’s treat time, pop one out and give to your dog
  7. Treats can be stored in a bag or container in the freezer for up to four months

Easter pupcakes

This recipe makes 14 pupcakes. If you have a small dog, you may want to halve the ingredients and then add the mixture to 14 cupcake cases to make smaller treats.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium carrots (grated
  • 150g apple sauce (unflavoured and unsweetened)
  • 2 eggs 
  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 225g wholewheat flour 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder 
Method:
Preheat your oven to 180°C/ 160°C Fan/ gas 4
  1. Arrange the cupcake cases onto a baking tray 
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the grated carrots, eggs, apple sauce and milk. Mix and leave to one side
  3. In a separate bowl, add the wholewheat flour, baking powder and cinnamon and mix 
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir well 
  5. Once the mixture forms a batter, spoon it into the cupcake cases until they are filled to the top 
  6. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. To test if the pupcakes are cooked, insert a knife or skewer into the centre of one of the cakes. If it comes out clean, the cakes are ready 
  7. Let the pupcakes cool on a wire rack 

Spring butterfly oaties

Ingredients:
  • 175g pumpkin puree 
  • 30g peanut butter (xylitol-free)
  • 1 egg 
  • 200g wholewheat flour 
  • 30g rolled oats 
Topping (optional)
  • 50g cream cheese or Greek yoghurt 
  • 30g raspberries 
Method:
Preheat your oven to 180°C/ 160°C Fan/ gas 4
  1. Add greaseproof paper to a baking tray 
  2. Add the pumpkin puree, peanut butter and egg to a mixing bowl and combine using an electric whisk, beating for 1-2 minutes on a medium setting 
  3. Add the flour and mix for another 2 minutes 
  4. If the mixture is too dry, add a little water a bit at a time 
  5. Once combined, add the dough to a floured surface and knead the dough until is comes together 
  6. Roll the dough out until is it 1/4 inch thick 
  7. Using the butterfly cutter, or a template, cut out the dog treats 
  8. Place them onto the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown 
  9. Leave on a wire rack to cool completely 
  10. In a food processor, blitz the raspberries 
  11. Add the raspberry mixture and cream cheese to a bowl and mix 
  12. Top the butterfly oaties with the cream cheese topping 

Things to consider when making homemade treats for your dog

Portion control
The snacks we’ve listed above should only be given as an occasional treat and must be given in moderation. Giving too much food in one go can be dangerous to dogs and could cause life threatening bloat, particularly if they’ve eaten immediately before or after exercise. Large amounts of certain foods, especially fatty foods, can also cause a painful and potentially severe condition known as pancreatitis. If you ever suspect your dog has bloat or pancreatitis, then always contact your vet immediately. 

It's easy to give your dog extra food throughout the day, especially around Easter, but doing so regularly can be damaging to their health and can make them less happy in the long run. It’s vital that you take care of what food you give to your dog. Maintaining good feeding habits will allow your dog to live the healthiest and happiest life possible.
Counting the calories
It’s important that you divide your dog’s total calorie intake for the day between each meal so that you're not overfeeding them. If you like to give them treats, make sure that you assign a certain amount of their calories for these before working out how much to give them for each meal.
Cautions about peanut butter and xylitol
Some of the recipes above use peanut butter. Do not use these recipes if your dog has a nut allergy.

Although dogs love peanut butter, and it’s a great source of protein, you must be careful which type you use. Always avoid feeding dogs peanut butter that is high in salt and sugar and it should never contain artificial sweeteners.

Xylitol, also known as birch sugar or E967, is an artificial sweetener that is highly toxic to dogs and can cause an otherwise healthy dog's blood sugar level to drop to dangerous levels or could cause liver failure. If your dog ever eats xylitol then contact your vet immediately.
Suitability
These recipes may not be suitable for all dogs, particularly those on a special diet or those that suffer from obesity, pancreatitis, diabetes, a sensitive stomach or those with problems with their kidneys or liver. If your dog has any pre-existing health conditions then always talk to your vet about any special diets that they may need, or what treats you can give them.