Sardine oatcakes

by | Dec 6, 2012 | Homemade Dog Food Recipes | 95 comments


The original sardine oatcake recipe. 

If you are in need of super high value treats – you just found them!  Your dog will love these oatcakes, they are tasty, healthy, smell great and just so easy to make!  And from preparation to cooking time they take less than one hour! When I was thinking what I could cook to make a dog food recipe to make at home I thought my dogs might like flapjacks then found that oatcakes were even easier to make and the perfect treat recipe to use fish!  I’ve taken these out with me several times when I’ve been dog walking and they are great for getting the attention of a dog who’s mind wanders when out for a walk! Very simple to make, all you need is the 5 ingredients and a biscuit cutter.


2 tins of sardines in oil (2x120g), 1 crushed garlic clove (But isn’t garlic bad for dogs?), 60g (1/3 cup) of wholemeal flour, 300g (1 1/3 cups) of oats, A splash of water


sardine oatcake recipe ingredients

Our ingredients

sardines in bowl

Add the two tins of sardines to a bowl (including the oil)!

mashed sardines

Mash the sardines thoroughly with a fork!

crushed garlic

Add 1 crushed garlic clove

add flour and oats to oatcake recipe

Add the 300g of oats and 60g of wholemeal flour!

dough ball

Add a splash of water and mix ingredients with your hands and make a dough ball!

roll out dog biscuit dough

Roll out and cut out biscuits!

place dog biscuits on baking tray

Place dog biscuits on baking tray and place into a preheated oven at 190°C (370°F) for around 20-25 mins.

cooked sardine oatcake dog treats

Yum, that’s them cooked and they smell great!

dog eating a sardine oatcake

Give to dog and freeze rest! Ruby loves them!

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  1. Vix

    I have made these for the last 3 years for Christmas presents for all the dogs I walk-the owners are wowed by the effort made,the dogs adore the biccies and I love making them.

  2. Peter Buckingham

    My friend brought some of these biscuits she made for one of our little cavaliers getting over a major life saving op ,but she had used mackerel
    He absolutely loved them and so did the other 5 waiting at the side lines

  3. Mike Cooke

    I’ve made these countless times, sardines in tomato work well too. Tomorrow I’m replacing the sardines with finely chopped Chicken livers, I’ll let you know how well they work

  4. Blue's mummy

    Wow! Just made a batch of these for my Cocker Spaniel. He never left my side all the time I was in the kitchen, and even tried to pinch the dough off the worktop before I baked them! Once they came out of the oven, he was in doggy heaven.
    I only had sardines in tomato sauce, and wholemeal spelt flour, so I substituted those. I had no garlic, so I put in a big spoonful of mixed dried herbs instead. I put in two eggs to bind, rather than water, and sprinkled with a tiny amount of grated cheese. I used a shot glass to cut them out about the size of a £2 coin. The recipe made 130 biscuits. I will definitely be making them again, thank you!

    • Jane Atkinson

      I’ve just made a batch of these sardine biscuits and Kudu sat by my side smelling the kitchen air as they cooked. He loves them, and I’ll share them with Kudu’s lovely doggie walker tomorrow so that the other dogs can enjoy this superb treat.
      Thank you Jamie.


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