Howlin’ good DIY treats for dogs

Every pup is on the nice list, so we asked the experts at Hilton Head Humane and Evergreen Pet Lodge for their favorite treats to make for four-legged friends. Treat every dog in your life this holiday season.

Throw them a bone

These treats resemble the traditional dog biscuit but taste 1,000 times better, according to our four-legged taste-testers. Make a batch of these for your fur baby and give some as gifts for the other pups in your life.

Evergreen Pet Lodge 

Holiday Dog Treats


1 large egg

1 cup mashed ripe banana

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour 

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

Directions [1] Preheat oven to 300 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease the cookie sheet.  [2] In a medium-sized bowl, mix and beat together the egg, peanut butter, honey and mashed banana. [3] In a smaller bowl combine flour, oatmeal and flaxseed.  [4] Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and mix all ingredients together really well.  [5] Turn onto a floured surface. At this point, you may want to add a bit more flour if you find that the dough is a bit sticky. With a floured rolling pin roll out the dough to the thickness of your cookie cutter. [6] Place the cookies on the baking sheet and bake for approximately 20–30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely before letting your pooch sample.

Peanut Butter Pupcakes RecipeHilton Head Humane 

Peanut Butter Pupcakes 


1 large egg

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup honey (optional)

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup quick-cooking oats

Directions [1] Heat oven to 350 and line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners. [2]Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, honey and shredded carrots in a large bowl. [3] In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and oats. Add this to the carrot mixture. Stir until all ingredients are fully incorporated. [4] Evenly divide the mixture among prepared cupcake liners. Bake for 15-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops are slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. 

Ingredients (frosting)

Peanut butter

Plain Greek yogurt

Dog biscuits or treats for garnish

Directions [1] Combine room-temperature peanut butter and Greek yogurt until the frosting is a smooth consistency. The ratio should be 2 parts peanut butter to 1 part Greek yogurt. [2]  Once the pupcakes are fully cooled, either pipe on the frosting or apply frosting with a knife or spatula. Top with a dog biscuit or treat of your choice. Reminder: Remove the pupcake liners before you give these to your dogs.

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