Baking treats for your dog is fun and is actually a great alternative to feeding your pet store-bought treats that might contain preservatives. Peanut butter is already one of your dog’s favorite foods, so why not make homemade treats with this ingredient?
Dogs and Peanut Butter – A Love Story
Why do dogs love peanut butter so much? Peanut butter has a nutty taste and a rich smell that makes it irresistible to humans and animals alike.
Experts explain that the roasted peanuts used to make peanut butter have a smell that is similar to caramelized meat. Dogs interpret this smell as a food rich in nutrients and automatically craves it.
And if your dog has had peanut butter before, they will definitely remember the delicious taste. For some dogs, getting peanut butter is very excited because this is a treat they only get to eat occasionally.
Your dog might also be drawn to peanut butter simply because you eat this food. Dogs see their owner as a pack leader, and any food the pack leader eats is seen as more desirable. Peanut butter is probably one of the few foods you share with your dog, which is why getting this special treat is very exciting for your dog.
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Is Peanut Butter Good For Dogs?
Peanut butter is a healthy addition to your pooch’s diet but remember to offer this treat in moderation. Peanut butter is rich in proteins, healthy fats, Vitamin B and E.
This why peanut butter should be a part of your dog’s diet:
- Vitamin E is beneficial for your dog’s immune system.
- Vitamin B helps with skin health and will give your dog a shiny coat.
- Fats are essential for heart health.
- Proteins give your dog energy. Peanut butter contains proteins that are easier to digest compared to meat.
However, some brands of peanut butter contain high levels of sodium, sugar, and additives. You should check the label of the peanut butter you usually purchase and make sure it doesn’t contain any Xylitol. This sweetener is toxic and can result in low blood sugar levels and more serious symptoms.
Ideally, you should purchase raw unsalted peanut butter if you want to offer peanut butter as a treat or use it to make peanut butter dog treats. And remember to feed peanut butter and baked treats in moderation due to the fat content.
How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Your pup probably loves to eat peanut butter by itself but making your own treats adds more variety to your dog’s diet. You can add ingredients with nutritional value and make treats that you can easily bring with you to the dog park or on your walks.
These treats are easy to make and would be a fun gift idea for the pet parents you know!
Start With This Simple Recipe
These peanut butter dog treats are easy to make and you probably already have all the ingredients at home. You only need:
- 1/3 cup peanut butter.
- 1 teaspoon baking powder.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour.
- 1 cup hot water.
Start by mixing the flour with the baking powder. Use a different bowl to mix the peanut butter and the hot water until you get a smooth mixture. You can then mix the two bowls until you get a dough you can knead and roll.
Preheat your oven to 375°F, use a rolling pin to roll the dough until it is ¼ inch thick and use a cookie cutter to cut some shapes. Place the treats on a baking sheet and bake them for 20 minutes.
If you don’t have cookie cutters, use glasses to cut round shapes. Shot glasses are perfect for making small treats!
Make These Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Treats
This recipe calls for eggs, which support a healthy coat and add more proteins to your dog’s diet. These are the ingredients you will need:
- ½ cup peanut butter.
- 2 cups flour.
- 2 eggs
Mix the flour, peanut butter, and the eggs. Add small quantities of water until you get a doughy consistency.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Roll the dough, use cookie cutters to form the treats, place them on a baking sheet and bake these tasty treats for 20 minutes.
Adding fruits to your dog’s treats is a great way to introduce more vitamins to your pet’s diet. Here is what you will need for this recipe:
- ½ cup peanut butter.
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce, or half a mashed banana. Applesauce is rich in Vitamin C while bananas have a high content in Vitamin C, fiber and magnesium.
- ¼ cup beef stock.
Mix the peanut butter, flour, beef stock and add the applesauce or the mashed banana. You should get a dough that you can roll.
Preheat your oven to 350°F, use cookie cutters to form the treats and bake them for about 18 minutes.
Spoil Your Dog With These Peanut Butter Bacon Treats
Your dog is going to absolutely love these peanut butter bacon treats. This is what you will need:
- 1 cup peanut butter.
- ¾ cup nonfat milk.
- 1 egg.
- 2 cup flour.
- 1/3 cup oats.
- 2 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces.
Preheat your oven to 325°F. Mix the peanut butter, nonfat milk, egg, flour, and oats. Add the bacon bits. You can then use a rolling pin to roll your dough and cut out cookie shapes. Bake for 18 minutes.
Try optional toppings of crumbled bacon or drizzled honey and peanut butter, yum!
Note that you can remove the bacon from this recipe if you are concerned about high fat and protein content and still get amazing peanut butter and oats treats!
Frozen Peanut Butter Treats
Frozen treats are great for the summertime, or for when you want to keep your dog occupied for a little while. You can freeze peanut butter by itself or add a few ingredients:
- 1 cup peanut butter.
- Half a mashed banana.
Mix the peanut butter, water, and mashed banana together. Use a spoon to fill an ice cube tray with this mixture and let it freeze overnight.
How Often Should Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
If you are a seasoned pet owner, you are probably familiar with the 10 percent rule. Treats and snacks shouldn’t account for more than 10 percent of your pet’s diet.
Because peanut butter is high in fat, you shouldn’t give more than a teaspoon a day to a large dog. A quarter of a teaspoon or even less would be a healthy daily snack for a small breed.
If you use one of the recipes listed above to make peanut butter treats, don’t give your dog more than one treat a day. Try to cut very small shapes if you have a toy breed.
How to Properly Store Homemade Peanut Butter Treats
You can make your homemade dog treats last longer by storing them properly. Wait until the treats have cooled off and decide how you will store them:
- Homemade dog treats should last up to a week stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Keep the container in a cool dry place away from sunlight.
- Store the treats in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge if you used the recipe with bacon. The treats should last a week.
- You can freeze the treats by placing the baking sheet in the freezer. Let the treats freeze individually before throwing them in a freezer bag. The treats should stay good for months in the freezer.
- You can also freeze a ball of dough so you can bake more treats later. Keep the raw dough inside of a freezer bag.
If you keep treats in the freezer, you can either give frozen treats to your dog or let them unthaw. Remove the treats from the container or freezer bag to prevent condensation from forming when they unthaw.
Learn to Make Your Own Peanut Butter
Making your own peanut butter is very easy, and this is an option you should explore if you want to make healthy treats for your pooch. All you need is a blender or a food processor with a pulse function.
There are plenty of homemade peanut butter recipes that call for salt or peanut oil. These ingredients aren’t healthy for your dog. You can also find recipes for almond butter, pistachio butter and many other kinds of butter. Peanut butter is healthy and easy to digest, but your dog could get a stomach ache from eating another kind of nut butter.
You will only need two cups of raw shelled peanuts and two tablespoons of honey. Toast the peanuts by baking them at 350°F for ten minutes. Blend the toasted peanuts for a couple of minutes before adding the honey. Keep blending until you get a smooth mixture.
Making your own peanut butter dog treats is fun and easy. You can get started with a simple recipe if this is your first time baking for your dog and try different ingredients the next time you decide to bake for your best friend. Think about making your own peanut butter since it only takes a few minutes and you can avoid the ingredients found in store-bought peanut butter that might not be healthy for your pooch,