My dog is my child, so I try to find and bake as much as I can for my girl. Homemade is almost always healthier than store-bought.
Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe
Making homemade treats for your dogs is one of the best feelings in the world. When you make your own treats, you control what goes into them, so you know the ingredients are good and you can keep out all the bad stuff. You can also control the size of the treats to match the size of your dog for better portion control.
Another added benefit to making homemade dog treats is that it's the perfect gift for other pet parents. You can customize them in so many ways, and it shows the recipient that you put thought and effort into the gift. I got the jar in the photo above from the dollar store—it's cute and cheap, so it's also budget-friendly.
Here is what you will need:
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (slightly melted)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
Because this is a basic recipe, you can add in other tasty additions such as:
- Carob chips
- Rolled oats
- Shredded carrots
- Finely chopped apples
If you want to add something, just make sure you look it up first to make sure it's safe for your pup to eat.
First, you will want to preheat the oven to 375° F.
Next, you will want to get a large bowl and combine all ingredients and mix well. Note: It is not recommended to use an electric mixer (as you can see in the photo below). It just doesn't work—it's better to just hand mix this batter.
Once the dough is well-mixed, it might seem a little crumbly. Take some wheat flour and sprinkle it on a flat surface and take out the dough and begin to knead it. If it's too crumbly or seems too dry, you can add a little more coconut oil and knead it until it's more manageable.
After the dough is kneaded, roll it out to about 1/4-inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out cute shapes and place them on a greased (or foil-lined) cookie sheet. If you want, you can use a fork to poke holes and make designs in the treats, but it's not necessary.
Bake the treats for 15 to 20 minutes; it's ok if they are still a bit soft when they come out. After they are cooled, you can put them in cute jars for gifts or just keep them for your own dogs!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.