It's National Peanut Butter Day!
Peanut butter is a common ingredient in many homemade dog treats, so I thought it might be fun to share a few recipes! As always, please be careful about ingredients as xylitol is found in several brands and is poisonous to dogs.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats 1-Basic Peanut Butter
2 cups flour preferably whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup natural peanut butter Make sure to use peanut butter that does not contain XYLITOL
1/4 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Combine flour, eggs, and peanut butter in a large bowl to make a thick crumbly dough. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until you can form the dough into a large ball.
On a clean floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut into individual treats. Place the treats on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool before feeding!
NOTES You may need slightly more water than stated, depending on the type of flour you use. Whole wheat flour tends to create a drier mix than all-purpose. Recipe can be cut in half, or doubled. Store tightly covered. If treats will not be consumed within a few days, I recommend freezing extras to keep them fresh. Just thaw them at room temp prior to sharing with your pup.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats 2-Peanut Butter Pumpkin Ingredients
2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 large eggs
2 1/2 – 3 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.
Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
Let cool completely.
Peanut Butter Dog Treats 3-Peanut Butter Bacon
1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup (180ml) nonfat milk
1 large egg or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups (244g) whole wheat flour* (spoon & leveled)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup (30g) oats*
2–3 strips cooked bacon, chopped
Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
Using a floured rolling pin, cut into shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes.
Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Cover and store leftovers at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing Instructions: If your puppers won't be eating all of the treats in 1-2 weeks, these can easily be frozen for up to 2 months.
Flour: Whole wheat or unbleached all-purpose is fine.
Oats: Either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine.