Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats (With Honey)

Updated on July 10, 2019
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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.

Homemade dog treats in a treat jar from the dollar store.
Homemade dog treats in a treat jar from the dollar store. | Source

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.

Ingredients

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

The ingredients you will need.
The ingredients you will need.

Optional Additions

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.

Instructions

Step 1

First, you will want to preheat the oven to 375° F.

Step 2

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.

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Flour and baking powder.Add peanut butter.I lightly melted the coconut oil in a small bowl and then scraped it into the mixture.Milk and honey added now as well. This is where you mix by hand.This is why it's not recommended to use an electric mixer: it just gets caked in the beaters.
Flour and baking powder.
Flour and baking powder.
Add peanut butter.
Add peanut butter.
I lightly melted the coconut oil in a small bowl and then scraped it into the mixture.
I lightly melted the coconut oil in a small bowl and then scraped it into the mixture.
Milk and honey added now as well. This is where you mix by hand.
Milk and honey added now as well. This is where you mix by hand.
This is why it's not recommended to use an electric mixer: it just gets caked in the beaters.
This is why it's not recommended to use an electric mixer: it just gets caked in the beaters.

Step 3

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.

It's ok if it looks like this before you put it on the floured surface.
It's ok if it looks like this before you put it on the floured surface.
I used a cutting board as my floured surface; it makes cleanup easier for me.
I used a cutting board as my floured surface; it makes cleanup easier for me.

Step 4

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.

Roll out the dough. It's ok if it looks dry—it will hold up.
Roll out the dough. It's ok if it looks dry—it will hold up.
Cut out cute shapes. I just used bone shapes.
Cut out cute shapes. I just used bone shapes.
Place on a cookie sheet.
Place on a cookie sheet.

Step 5

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!

Fresh out of the oven.
Fresh out of the oven.
Puppy approved!
Puppy approved!

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.

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