Today I am sharing these PB dog treats to help you learn how to make homemade dog treats. These PB treats use a brand of peanut butter that is good for dogs, I have linked to an option that is unsalted and only contains peanuts at the bottom of the recipe card.
If you’re ready to whip up this delicious recipe, hit that jump to recipe button below and go print off this recipe card to make these dog treats from scratch right now.
Otherwise, continue reading to hear more about my experiences, my tips, and some tricks on what to do when you’re making homemade dog treats for your furry companion.
What are the best molds to use for dog treats?
When baking dog treats in the oven, or making them from the PB Coconut Homemade Dog Treats recipe here, choosing the right molds is important for both the safety and the appeal of the treats. Here are some of the best options:
- Silicone Baking Molds: These are ideal for dog treats. Silicone is non-stick, flexible, and can withstand a wide range of temperatures, making it perfect for baking. They come in various shapes and sizes, allowing you to create fun and interesting treats. Look for food-grade silicone to ensure safety.
- Metal Cookie Cutters: These are great for shaping dog treats. You can roll out your dough and use these cutters to create different shapes. They’re durable and come in many designs. Just be sure to use them on a flat baking sheet.
- Mini Muffin Pans: If you prefer to make bite-sized, round treats, mini muffin pans work well. They help in portion control and are ideal for small to medium-sized dogs.
- Parchment Paper on a Flat Baking Sheet: If you don’t have molds, you can simply shape the treats by hand and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This method offers flexibility in sizing and shaping the treats.
My dogs are picky as picky can be. One of them rarely enjoys the store-bought treats, while the other one will gobble down almost anything in his path, sometimes non-food items. This has led me to keep a tight ship at home with a “baby-proof” mentality for a DOG.
You can use a variety of dog treat molds, the one pictured below is a simple design, while the molds I linked to below are more stylish for homemade dog treats.
How do you make dog treats from scratch?
Fill a pot with about 1-2 inches of water.
Add the ingredients to a glass or metal heat safe bowl that will fit inside the pot, without touching the water.
Place the bowl in the pot, and heat over low heat to simmer, stirring often, until you have a liquid consistency.
Pour into a spouted measuring cup, and pour mixture into the mold cavities.
Set in the freezer for 30-60 minutes to set.
Store these treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
What can I substitute in dog treats for peanut butter?
If you need to substitute peanut butter in dog treats, there are several healthy and dog-safe options you can use:
- Pumpkin Puree: It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and good for digestion. Ensure it’s plain, unsweetened pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.
- Unsweetened Applesauce: A good source of vitamins A and C. It adds moisture and sweetness to the treats without the need for sugar.
- Mashed Banana: Bananas are a great source of potassium, vitamins, biotin, and fiber. They add natural sweetness and binding properties.
- Cooked Sweet Potato: Mashed sweet potato is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin A, and antioxidants. It gives a nice texture and flavor to dog treats.
- Yogurt (Plain, Non-fat): A good source of calcium and probiotics. Make sure it’s plain and doesn’t contain xylitol or artificial sweeteners.
- Cottage Cheese (Low-fat): Provides calcium and protein. Opt for low-fat versions and ensure your dog isn’t lactose intolerant.
- Unsalted Almond Butter: A good alternative for dogs who aren’t allergic to almonds. Check for xylitol and avoid brands with added sugars or salt.
- Coconut Oil: In small amounts, it can be a healthy fat source for dogs, and it’s good for their coat and skin.
Remember, whenever introducing a new food item to your dog’s diet, start with small quantities to ensure they don’t have any adverse reactions. And always consult your veterinarian if you’re unsure about any dietary changes for your dog.
How many dog treats per day?
When determining the number of treats to give your dog daily, consider factors like size, age, activity level, and health conditions. Treats should constitute no more than 10% of your dog’s total daily caloric intake, with the bulk of their diet coming from well-balanced meals. Smaller dogs, or those with lower activity levels, may need fewer or lower-calorie treats.
Conversely, active dogs might handle more treats without adverse effects on their weight. If you’re using treats for training purposes, opt for smaller pieces to avoid overfeeding. Always be mindful of any specific health issues, such as obesity or food allergies, adjusting treat quantities accordingly.
Monitoring your dog’s weight and consulting with a veterinarian will help ensure that treat consumption supports a healthy lifestyle without leading to weight gain.
How should I prepare to make homemade dog treats from scratch using peanut butter?
Preparing to make homemade dog treats with peanut butter involves a few simple steps to ensure the process is smooth and the treats are healthy and enjoyable for your dog. Here’s a quick guide:
- Select the Right Ingredients:
- Choose a natural, xylitol-free peanut butter.
- Pick whole wheat flour or a grain-free alternative like oat flour, if your dog is sensitive to wheat.
- Consider additional healthy ingredients like pumpkin, sweet potato, or unsweetened applesauce for added nutrition and flavor.
- Gather Necessary Equipment:
- Mixing bowls.
- Measuring cups and spoons.
- Rolling pin for flattening the dough.
- Cookie cutters in various shapes and sizes.
- Baking sheets and parchment paper.
- Prep Your Workspace:
- Clear and clean your kitchen counter.
- Preheat your oven to the recipe’s specified temperature, usually around 350°F (175°C).
- Plan Your Recipe:
- Decide on the recipe you’ll use.
- Read through the instructions thoroughly to understand the process.
- Safety Check:
- Double-check all ingredients to ensure they are safe for dogs. Avoid anything toxic like chocolate, grapes, onions, or xylitol.
- Baking and Storage:
- Follow the recipe carefully, especially the baking time to ensure the treats are cooked properly.
- Once baked, let the treats cool completely before offering them to your dog.
- Store the treats in an airtight container. They can usually be kept at room temperature but check your recipe in case refrigeration is recommended.
- Moderation is Key:
- Remember that treats should only make up a small portion of your dog’s diet.
By following these steps, you’ll be well-prepared to make delicious and healthy peanut butter dog treats from scratch. It’s a great way to treat your dog with something special that you’ve made with love!
Indulge your furry friend with homemade dog treats featuring just two natural ingredients: smooth peanut butter and coconut oil. These simple, healthy treats are easy to make and perfect for dogs who love the nutty flavor of peanut butter combined with the richness of coconut oil.
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
1.Fill a pot with about 1-2 inches of water.
2.Add the ingredients to a glass or metal heat safe bowl that will fit inside the pot, without touching the water.
3.Place the bowl in the pot, and heat over low heat to simmer, stirring often, until you have a liquid consistency.
4.Pour into a spouted measuring cup, and pour mixture into the mold cavities.
5.Set in the freezer for 30-60 minutes to set.
6.Store these treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
The set time in the freezer varies, so be sure to check at 30 minutes to see if they set to a solid state, yet. Be sure to store in a refrigerator, otherwise, the coconut oil may melt down due to room temperature being too warm, and cause it to separate.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
Is peanut butter dog treats good for dogs?
Peanut butter can be a safe and enjoyable treat for dogs if chosen carefully and given in moderation. Ensure the peanut butter is free of xylitol, a harmful sweetener for dogs, and opt for natural, unsalted varieties with no added sugar. While it’s a good source of protein and healthy fats, moderation is crucial to prevent weight gain. Also, be mindful of potential peanut allergies in your dog. As with any new food, it’s advisable to consult your veterinarian first.
How can I make homemade dog treats?
To make homemade dog treats, especially your Peanut Butter Coconut Dog Treats, you’ll want to combine nutritious and dog-safe ingredients like peanut butter and coconut. The process generally involves mixing your key ingredients, shaping the treats, and baking them until they’re crisp. It’s a fantastic way to create healthy snacks for your dog, ensuring they’re free from preservatives and artificial additives found in many store-bought treats.
Is coconut oil safe for dog treats?
Coconut oil is generally safe for dogs and can be a beneficial ingredient in dog treats. It’s known for its health benefits, including improving skin and coat health, aiding digestion, and potentially boosting the immune system. However, it’s important to use coconut oil in moderation, as it is high in calories and fat, which can lead to weight gain if overused.