Fur babies are part of the family. It’s only fair to make them feel loved, and you can do that with these easy Peanut Butter Dog Treats!
What’s in this Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe?
Made with love, flour, water, coconut oil, and of course, peanut butter, these dog treats are the perfect snack for your fur babies.
- Whole Wheat Flour: A wholesome, healthy option for these treats.
- Water: Hydrates the dough and helps these treats come together.
- Peanut Butter: An excellent source of healthy fats, vitamins B and E, and niacin.
- Coconut Oil: A healthy fat that can improve digestion and make your dog’s coat extra shiny!
- Baking Powder: Helps these treats bake up light and crispy.
Important Note: Check your peanut butter ingredients list carefully. Many peanut butters now contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs!
Variations on Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Some dogs are allergic to wheat. If you want to make these treats wheat-free, you can use rice flour or coconut flour as a replacement. These alternate flours will work but might change the consistency a bit.
If your dog’s not a fan of peanut butter (or is allergic), pumpkin or sweet potato puree (make sure it has no added sugar or spices) is a great alternative.
Peanut butter is actually a healthy source of protein and fat for your dog. And, because these treats don’t contain preservatives and chemicals like store-bought dog treats, these peanut butter treats are even healthier for your dog. Even the flour is safe for dogs to consume. However, it is always important to check the ingredients in your peanut butter. Some peanut butters contain xylitol which is toxic to dogs! Do not use peanut butter with xylitol as an ingredient. It’s also important to remember that dogs can have allergies just like people. Always watch for the signs of an allergic reaction in pets as well as people.
The list is ever-changing, as brands are constantly updating their formulas. Some brands I know for sure do contain xylitol include Go Nuts, Hank’s Protein Plus Peanut Butter, Krush Nutrition, Nuts ‘n More, and P28. Avoid these brands!
Peanut butter is a great, healthy food to give dogs in moderation. However, it is high in fat, so feeding too much too often could lead to weight gain.
Yes; however, whole wheat flour has more health benefits for your dog!
Every ingredient in this recipe is safe for human consumption. Without sugar, these treats may not be as tasty to you as they are to your fur baby, but you can eat them too. In fact, little ones may enjoy them as a healthy snack option.
My rule in life is always moderation. Do all in moderation. I would recommend starting with only 1 treat to see how your dog tolerates it or if they may have any adverse reactions (possibly to wheat flour). If there are no reactions, you can give your dog 2-5 treats a day, keeping in mind that the treats are about 50 calories each if made the same size as pictured.
How to Store
Store peanut butter dog treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
How to Freeze
Freeze peanut butter dog treats in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature before serving.
If you’re looking to get a little fancy, you can make a peanut butter frosting for these treats with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 tablespoon of honey (but don’t give honey to dogs under 1 year!), ⅓ cup cornstarch, and 3-4 tablespoons of hot water mixed together.
A great snack for your little humans that dogs can have a bite or two of is carrot banana muffins!
Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treat Cookies
- 2½ cups whole wheat flour 300 grams
- 1 cup water 227 grams
- ½ cup peanut butter 135 grams, see note
- ⅓ cup coconut oil 75 grams, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon baking powder 14 grams
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until well-blended.2½ cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup water, ½ cup peanut butter, ⅓ cup coconut oil, 1 tablespoon baking powder
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out until it is about ½-inch thick. Cut out treats into small pieces using a knife or cookie cutter.
- Place the cut out treats on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the treats for about 15 minutes or until they begin to turn golden brown. Allow to cool.
- Peanut Butter: Some peanut butter contains xylitol which is toxic to dogs. Make sure there is none in the peanut butter you are using.
- If your dog is allergic to wheat, try rice flour or coconut flour.
- I used an apple corer as my cookie cutter. Depending on the size you want, you can use any cookie cutter or even a pizza cutter to make squares.