Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats Recipes
Dogs love peanut butter; that is not a huge mistake. If you ask any dog owner if they tried giving their dogs peanut butter, the ones that did will most likely tell you their dogs are crazy about it. Peanut butter is great for a number of things. It can be used for giving the dog pills and medications, or it can help you keep your dog calm when you have to give them a bath.
Are homemade peanut butter dog treats hard to make?
The good news is that you can easily make peanut butter dog treats at home. You don’t need that many ingredients, and most of them you already have at home. You don’t have to go for expensive, store-bought dog treats with ingredients you know nothing about. There are many benefits of preparing dog treats at home, and here are some of the best things homemade peanut butter dog treats have to offer our dogs.
Benefits of homemade peanut butter dog treats
Buying peanut butter dog treats might be easier and sometimes more practical. Still, if you have time and cooking skills (you don’t need much skill to prepare dog treats), your dog can really benefit from eating these. The best part of homemade peanut butter dog treats is that you control all the ingredients that go into them. You can be absolutely sure you will include the best and the safest ingredients.
Safe peanut butter
Before you add any type of peanut butter to the treats you are making at home, there are a few things you should know about safe types of peanut butter. All experienced and responsible dog owners should know that you can’t feed your dog the first type of peanut butter you come across. You can read all about this topic here - Is peanut butter safe for dogs? In the meantime, here are a few short pointers and things you should look for;
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is added to human foods instead of sugar. We can easily digest it, but xylitol is toxic to dogs. Some peanut butter brands contain xylitol, and you should avoid them at all costs.
Trans fats are unhealthy fats that are used to prolong the shelf life of different products. Some types of peanut butter contain them, and trans fats are connected to canine diabetes, obesity, and pancreatitis.
Aflatoxins are naturally occurring toxins found on peanuts. If you prepare the peanut butter at home, make sure you use safe and fresh peanuts. Control their amount and never use peanuts that seem to be covered in something that looks like mold.
What do I need for making homemade peanut butter treats?
All you need for making homemade peanut butter dog treats are your basic kitchen supplies. Obviously, the first thing you will need is an oven, some cookie cutters, a baking sheet, ice trays, and a blender. That is all you need for different types of homemade cookies or treats. Here are some of our favorite recipes for peanut butter dog treats;
Peanut butter cookies
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup water
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix the ingredients in a bowl until they combine and form a dough. You can add water until the dough is moist enough so you can easily roll it. When you roll the dough, take your cookie cutters and cut the shapes of your cookies. Place in the oven and let it bake for 15 minutes.
Frozen peanut butter treats
These are personally our favorites. Plus, they are an excellent way for your dog to cool off a bit on hot summer days. You can include different types of fruit safe for dogs, and you can play with the exact ingredients. Here is our favorite frozen peanut butter dog treat recipe;
- Greek yogurt
- 1 Apple
- ½ Banana
- Peanut butter
Instructions: Place the ingredients in a blender and mix until you get a smooth and constant blend. Before you do that, make sure you removed seeds and stems from the apple. It is best to peel it before placing it in the blender. After you blended everything, pour the content into the ice cube tray. Place in the freezer for at least 8 hours and serve.
Cookies with beef
Dogs love meat, and the taste of beef is one of their favorites. It is a great idea to include some in their treats as well. Plus, these homemade peanut butter dog treats are made with beef stock, so you can be sure there are some health benefits for them as well.
- Whole wheat flour
- Creamy peanut butter
- Mashed banana
- Beef stock
Instructions: Place the ingredients in a bowl and mix until you get a dough. Roll it, and take the cookie cutter to cut the shape of the treats. Place the treats in a preheated oven, and cook for at least 15-20 minutes. Let them cool down and serve to your dog.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Your dog will probably love your homemade peanut butter dog treats, but you have to make sure you don’t overfeed them. Too many dog treats can lead to weight gain, obesity, and other health issues.
World Dog Finder team