Most homemade dog food recipes you can find online or in books will make a moist recipe. If you would prefer to feed a dry dog food, this homemade kibble for dogs is a great recipe to start with. It's easy to make and healthy for most adult dogs. Just be sure to touch base with your veterinarian before making a change to your pup's diet.
Making your own dog food gives you complete control over the ingredients used. You don't need to worry about the safety of the ingredients in commercial kibble or the added artificial ingredients that could be dangerous to your dog.
Not only is this recipe healthy for your dog, it's easy to make. I'm a working mother, so I understand how difficult it can be to make time to prepare food for your human family, let alone your furry children. With proper preparation, homemade dog food doesn't need to be a time consuming task.
I like to make recipes in advance and freeze them for use on days when I'm too busy to prepare a meal for my dogs. I try to plan ahead for a day when I have a few hours free. I make extra-large batches of this homemade kibble for dogs, and then I freeze it. Sometimes I freeze enough to feed my dogs for an entire month!
Homemade Kibble for Dogs Recipe
The longer you bake this food, the dryer it will be. If you have a senior pet with dental problems or a dog that prefers a softer food, you can reduce the baking time to keep the kibble moist in the center. Keep in mind that this food does not contain preservatives like traditional commercial kibble, so you'll need to store it in airtight container in the refrigerator.Print
Recipe: Homemade Kibble for Dogs
This homemade kibble is easy to make and uses limited ingredients. It's a great option for dogs with food allergies or digestive sensitivities. Just be sure to check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet's diet.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 3 hours
- Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
- Yield: about 10 cups of kibble 1x
- Category: Oven Baked Food
- Method: Oven Baked
- Cuisine: Dog Food
- 4 cups chicken
- 2 tbsps olive oil
- 2 cups cooked sweet potato
- 2 cups cooked carrots
- 1 cup cooked green beans
- 1/2–1 cup flour
Preheat oven to 250˚F. Cook the chicken in whichever manner you'd like. I boiled it, but you could also bake it in the oven or prepare it in a slow cooker.
Put the cooked chicken and olive oil into a food processor. Puree the ingredients. Scrape the pureed chicken into a large mixing bowl, and set it aside.
Put the veggies in the food processor and puree. Scrape the pureed veggies into the same bowl as the chicken. Add 1/2 cup of flour and mix until it forms a dough consistency. If the dough is still very sticky, add another 1/2 cup of flour.
Roll the dough onto a cookie sheet and score it with a pizza cutter or knife. Bake for 2-3 hours. The kibble is done when it is brown and hardened on the outside.
Remove the kibble from the oven. Let the food stand for about 1 hour. This will allow for cooling and hardening, and then you'll be able to break it into kibble pieces.
As I mentioned, you'll have to store the kibble in an airtight container in the refrigerator. There are no preservatives in this recipe, so it will begin to grow mold in about 5-7 days.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 90
- Sugar: 1.9 g
- Sodium: 33 mg
- Fat: 2.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 8 g
- Fiber: 1.2 g
- Protein: 9 g
- Cholesterol: 22 mg
How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. This is just a guideline. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many. It is extremely important to consult your veterinarian about the best serving size for your dog.
How to store: You can store the leftover homemade kibble for dogs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them and they’ll keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe includes no preservatives, so it won't last nearly as long as commercial dog food.
For More Information
We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you're new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.