9 Pup-Approved Recipes Just In Time For That Fourth Of July BBQ

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

July 1, 2015

The 4th of July is right around the corner! It’s a day for grilling, hanging out by the pool, watching fireworks and spending time with friends and family while celebrating our nation’s independence. If you plan to have your four-legged best friend join the celebration, why not prepare some festive food for them to enjoy while everyone else chows down on burgers and hot dogs?

Check out a few of our favorite July 4th doggie recipes below, and be sure to tell us about your own awesome creations and finds in the comments section!

Pizza with Carrots


What you’ll need:

Crust: 3 cups organic whole wheat flour, 1 cup organic uncooked oats, 2 tbsp. organic margarine or shortening, 1 organic egg, beaten, 1 cup water, ½ cup organic pizza/pasta sauce.

Topping: Olive oil, garlic powder, ⅓ cup organic pizza sauce, 1 cup organic Parmesan and 1 large carrot (shredded)


– Preheat oven to 375°.

– In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oats and margarine. Add beaten egg and water and ½ cup pizza sauce. Mix thoroughly, then knead. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

– Divide into desired-size ball. On a floured surface, roll out into circles. Make the edge thicker to create a crust. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush with olive oil, then sprinkle garlic powder over surface. Coat with remaining pizza sauce and sprinkle Parmesan and carrot on top.

– Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool, cut with pizza cutter and serve. Must be stored in refrigerator.

Source: Good Housekeeping

Strawberry Banana Pupsicles


What you’ll need: banana, strawberries, plain nonfat sugar-free yogurt, blender, ice cube tray


– Cut a banana and a handful of strawberries into chunky pieces and place fruit chunks and a cup of yogurt into blender.
– Blend until smooth, portion into ice cube trays, and then freeze for at least one hour.

Source: Bionic Dog Blog

Doggie Ice Cream


What you’ll need: 1 32-oz tub of organic plain Greek yogurt, 2 heaping tbsp. of organic no sugar added peanut butter, 1 heaping tbsp. of pure organic pumpkin, silicone cupcake molds


– Let everything sit out and come to room temperature and then place everything in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.

– Once everything is thoroughly mixed and aerated a bit, split the mixture into the molds as evenly as possible, put some plastic wrap over it and then place them in the freezer to harden up until ready to serve.

Source: First Home Love Life

Blueberry and White Chocolate Mini Cupcakes


What You’ll Need:
Cupcakes: 2¾ cups water, ¼ cup organic applesauce, ¼ tsp. vanilla, 1 organic egg, beaten, 4 tbsp. organic honey, 4 cups organic whole wheat or unbleached flour, 1 tbsp. baking powder, frozen or fresh organic blueberries. 
Icing: 1 bag organic, unsweetened, white chocolate chips and 1 tbsp. olive oil


– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cupcakes: In a large mixing bowl, mix water, applesauce, vanilla, egg, and honey. Slowly add flour and baking powder. Last, add blueberries.

– Place mini muffin papers into mini muffin baking tin and spray with nonstick spray.

– Spoon batter into papers, filling almost to the top.

– Bake for 45 minutes. Check with toothpick to be sure they are cooked through.

– Remove from tin and let cool completely.
Icing: Start with ½ cup chips and 1 tablespoon oil and melt for 10-second intervals, stirring mixture until smooth. Dip cupcake tops into icing and top with a blueberry. Refrigerate.

Source: Good Housekeeping

Dog Cookies


What You’ll Need: 1 cup oat flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 egg, 1 cup water, 1 carrot (peeled and shredded), ½ apple (peeled and shredded), 8 oz plain Greek yogurt and 2 tbsp. water


– In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except yogurt and 2 tablespoons water. Use a wooden spoon to mix all ingredients together.

– Turn dough out onto a floured work surface. Roll out into a flat surface about ½” thick.

– Use a biscuit cutter to cut out dog treats. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

– Repeat Step 2 and 3 with remaining dough (or freeze half of the dough wrapped in plastic and placed in a freezer-safe container for future use).

– Use bottom of a pestle (or your finger) to create pawprint mold on each biscuit. Make sure the mold is deep and defined. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until biscuits are golden and crispy. Remove and let cool.

– If desired, in a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt and water. Whisk to thin out the yogurt. Use a spoon or pipe yogurt into each pawprint mold.

– Place in an airtight container and keep up to a week.If you add the yogurt, be sure to store in the fridge with wax paper between each treat. Biscuits will get softer and yogurt will harden in the fridge.

Source: Little Kitchen Big Flavors



What You’ll Need: 2 cups low salt beef or chicken broth, ⅔ cup water, 2 or 3 ice cube trays and small rawhide sticks


– Mix water with beef or chicken broth and pour into popsicle trays.

– Place in freezer and serve cold.

– Add a rawhide stick halfway through the freezing.

Source: Lucky Pups Pet Supplies

Sweet Potato Dog Pretzels


What You’ll Need: 1 medium sweet potato (about 7 oz), peeled and diced, 1¾ cups whole wheat flour, 1 tbsp. flaxseed meal and 1 egg lightly beaten


– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

– Place the sweet potatoes in a small saucepan, cover with water and place over high heat and bring to a boil. Ensure that the potatoes can be easily pierced with a knife, then remove from heat, drain and allow to cool.

– Puree the sweet potatoes in a food processor until completely smooth.

– In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and flaxseed meal. Remove about 1 tablespoons of the egg to a separate cup.

– Add the sweet potato puree and remaining beaten egg to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.
– Dump out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape pretzels by taking a small piece of dough, rolling it into a 10″ rope, shape into a “U”, then twist the ends and fold them back over to create the pretzel shape.

– Place the pretzels on the prepared baking sheet and brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon beaten egg. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Source: Brown Eyed Baker

Elvis Bone Dog Sandwich


What You’ll Need: Bone: 2 cups organic whole wheat flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 cup organic smooth peanut butter, 1 cup organic skim milk, 1 tbsp. honey. Filling: Organic turkey bacon, 1 cup organic banana chips and more organic peanut butter


– Preheat oven to 375°.

Bone: In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter, milk, and honey, and then add to dry ingredients. Knead on a floured surface; roll out to ¼-inch thickness and, using a bone-shaped cookie cutter, or one of your choice, cut out cookies. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

– Remove from sheet and let cool completely.

Filling: Cook bacon until crispy. Crush bacon and banana chips and mix together. Spread peanut butter on flat side of each cookie, and then sprinkle the bacon and banana bits onto peanut butter coating. Press two cookies together to make a sandwich. Keep refrigerated for best results.

Source: Good Housekeeping

Psst! Check out these printables and consider dressing up your dogs favorite regular treats for the occasion!

Featured Image via Hammerin Man / Flickr

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

July 1, 2015

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