Calling all dog lovers!! I just couldn’t bring you another Christmas recipe this year without posting Dougie’s favorite Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats. These delicious dog biscuits are the perfect way to show your four-legged friend you care. Especially during the holiday season! The great thing about these treats, they’re easy to make, and your pup will LOVE them. Dougie (my Beagle) and his two cousin-pups go absolutely mad for them.
Why You AND Your Pooch Will Love These Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- You know exactly what’s going into them: When you make dog treats at home, you know exactly what ingredients are going into them. This is important because many commercial dog treats contain unhealthy ingredients, such as artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, and fillers. By making your own treats, you can be sure that your furry friend gets a healthy snack free from any rubbish.
- You can choose healthy ingredients: When making homemade dog treats, you can choose ingredients that benefit your pet’s health. For example, oats are a good source of fiber, peanut butter is a good source of protein, and flaxseeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- You can save money: When comparing the cost of making these homemade dog treats with store-bought treats, there are serious cost savings to be had! And I’m here for it!
- It’s an easy recipe! Contrary to popular belief, making dog treats at home is actually really easy!
- Your dog will love them: Most importantly, your fur baby will love their homemade treats! Just the smell of their biscuits baking in the oven will get your pup’s tail wagging!
One of the best things about homemade dog treats is that you know exactly what’s in them. This is especially important if you have a dog with a highly sensitive stomach, like Dougie. The best thing of all, though, is the look on his little face when he knows what’s coming his way. Pure joy!
- Buckwheat Flour: Despite its name, buckwheat flour is naturally wheat free, making it an excellent option for dogs allergic to wheat. Buckwheat flour is also a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. [Source, Source]
- Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (Or Oat Flour): Another great alternative to flour for dogs who are sensitive to wheat or grains. Oats provide the biscuits with a fantastic crumbly crunch. Oats also contain vitamin B, which helps your pup digest and absorb proteins and fats. [Source]
- Ground Cinnamon: For festive flavor. [Source]
- 100% Natural Peanut Butter: If your dog is anything like mine, they love peanut butter. So, I wasn’t about to create a dog treat for Dougie without his favorite ingredient. Plus, it’s integral to binding the biscuit dough together. NOTE: do not use a brand that contains xylitol, as it is very toxic to dogs. [Source] You also want to avoid added salt, added sugar, or other artificial sweetener.
- Unsweetened Dried Cranberries: Completely plain unsweetened dried cranberries are safe to eat in moderation and are an excellent source of vitamins for your furry friend. NOTE: do not use a bag of cranberries mixed with raisins, as raisins are very toxic to dogs. [Source]
- Banana: Banana is full of flavor and adds a touch of sweetness. They are also a valuable source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. [Source]
- Flaxseeds and Pumpkin Seeds: Seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids – those heart-healthy fats that benefit your furry friend’s skin and coat. [Source, Source]
- Coconut Oil: Another excellent binding ingredient that can help improve the pup’s skin and coat. Plus, coconut oil may improve digestion. [Source]
ALWAYS CHECK! The ingredients in this recipe are non-toxic to dogs and considered safe in moderation. All sources are provided for your reference. However, it’s always best to consult your veterinarian before introducing your dog to any new foods, especially human food, in case of allergies or sensitivities.
How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats: Step-By-Step Instructions
Gather your equipment and get your ingredients ready. Preheat the oven to 325ºF/170ºC/gas mark 3. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Add the flour, oats, banana, peanut butter, coconut oil, flaxseeds, and cinnamon to the food processor and pulse until combined.
Add the pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries, and give the biscuit dough a couple more pulses until the fruit and seeds are well distributed throughout the dough.
- Bring Dough Together
Sprinkle a clean work surface with a small amount of flour. Tip the dough out and bring it together in a ball. Then, flatten it into a disc shape so it’s easier to roll. The dough should come together easily – with a texture that’s a little bit crumbly and a little bit sticky.
With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about ¼ inch/ 5mm thick. Then, cut out biscuits using dog bone cookie cutters of your choice. I tend to make a combination of large (3 x 1 ⅞″ | 77 x 46 mm) and small (1 ⅝ x 1″ | 40 x 25 mm) bone-shaped biscuits. I can get 25 large biscuits and 50 small biscuits out of one batch of dough. Or 100 entirely small biscuits.
Place the biscuits on the cookie sheet. They don’t rise, so you can place them fairly close together. Bake small cookies for 18-20 minutes and large cookies for 22-24 minutes until crisp and starting to turn golden brown at the edges.
- Cool an Store
Once the biscuits are completely cool, store them in an airtight container, and serve them when your pooch deserves a delicious treat.
Find the recipe card with exact ingredients and full recipe instructions at the bottom of this page. ⇩
These homemade peanut butter dog treats are a real win. But there are various ways you can mix up the flavors and make your own homemade dog treats based on your pup’s favorite combos. What about:
- Pumpkin Dog Biscuits: Turn these biscuits into homemade pumpkin dog treats by swapping the banana for the pumpkin. You can make your own pumpkin puree or use a 100% natural pumpkin pie filling. Read the label to ensure the ingredients are 100% pumpkin and contain no additional ingredients, including sugars and artificial flavorings.
- Sweet Potato Dog Treats: Substitute the banana for sweet potatoes.
- Flour: Whole wheat flour (wholemeal flour) is an excellent alternative to buckwheat flour if your pooch doesn’t have gluten sensitivity.
- Cranberries: Does your pooch find cranberries too tart? No problem. How about using some grated fresh apples, finely diced carrots, or grated cauliflower instead? All great options.
MODERATION IS KEY! Remember that moderation is essential when it comes to giving your dog treats. Even if they’re healthy, homemade treats should only make up a small portion of your dog’s diet.
NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR DOG FOOD! This easy dog biscuit recipe is a treat and not a substitute for dog food.
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Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats (Biscuits)
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- 2 cups (280 g) buckwheat flour
- 1 cup (80 g) gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 medium banana, sliced
- ½ cup (120 g) smooth peanut butter , must NOT contain xylitol or salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons flaxseeds
- pinch cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoons dried cranberries
- Prepare: Gather your equipment and get your ingredients ready. Preheat the oven to 325ºF/170ºC/gas mark 3. Line 2 cookie sheets with baking parchment.
- Food processor: Add the flour, oats, banana, peanut butter, coconut oil, flaxseeds, and cinnamon to the food processor and pulse until combined. Add the pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries, and give the biscuit dough a couple more pulses until the fruit and seeds are well distributed in the dough.
- Bring Dough Together: Tip out the dough on a lightly floured surface and bring it together in a ball. Then, flatten it into a disc shape so it's easier to roll. The dough should come together easily – with a texture that's a little crumbly and a little sticky.
- Roll: With a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about ¼ inch/ 5mm thick. Then, cut out biscuits using a bone-shaped cookie cutter of your choice. I tend to make a combination of large (3 x 1 ⅞" | 77 x 46 mm) and small (1 ⅝ x 1" | 40 x 25 mm) bone-shaped biscuits. I can get 25 large biscuits and 50 small biscuits out of one batch of dough. Or 100 entirely small biscuits.
- Bake: Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet. They don’t rise, so you can place them fairly close together. Bake small cookies for 18-20 minutes and large cookies for 22-24 minutes until crisp and starting to brown at the edges.
- Cool & Store: Once the biscuits are completely cool, store them in an airtight container, and serve them when your pooch deserves a delicious treat.
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
Nutrition Disclaimer: Nutritional information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. For accuracy, we recommend you calculate using the exact ingredients and brands you used.
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