Well, your dog behaved very well while you were away from home. You can reward your dog by giving him a homemade peanut butter treat. Dogs love peanut butter in all its forms, whether as a gift or just to lick it off your fingers. You can prepare this delicious snack at home and treat your dog without worrying too much about the ingredients that go into the treat. This dog snack is healthy, safe, and easy to prepare.
However, if you give your dog treats in addition to the usual dog meal portions, you should keep an eye on his daily calorie intake.
Homemade Peanut Butter: A Dog’s Treat
Peanut butter is excellent for your dogs, and it is a healthier treat than the treats you buy in the store. If it is prepared at home, you can be sure of the ingredients, and you will not use artificial flavors that make it unsafe. Apart from that, peanut butter also has the following advantages:
- A typical portion of peanut butter contains the right amount of calories with less fat and sugar.
- Peanut butter contains simple saturated fats that can regulate cholesterol levels, which is a growing health problem in dogs. Like humans, dogs can develop cholesterol, which can have a negative effect on their health.
- Peanut butter is a rich source of Vitamin E.
- Dog treats use roasted peanuts, which contain more antioxidants than raw peanuts.
- Peanut butter contains vitamin H and vitamin K, which give your dog a shiny coat.
- Peanut butter is cholesterol-free, making it a healthy snack.
Here are some simple recipes for dog treats with peanut butter:
Recipe 1: Make Peanut Butter At Home
- 1 1/2 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts
- One tsp. honey
- One tsp. safflower oil
The first step in making this delicious homemade peanut butter dog treat is grinding the peanuts. Take unsalted peanuts in the desired quantity and process the peanuts into peanut butter using your high-speed blender. Please note that the peanuts undergo several changes during the processing in your blender.
First, you will see that the peanuts look like a single messy blob, if you process them further, this blob will turn into a pasty dough. Let the processing continue for 2-3 more minutes so that the peanuts form a thicker paste and finally oils are released to make peanut butter.
Do not stop your processor when you see the thicker dough for the first time and think that it has the required consistency. The more sticky the dough is, the harder it is to handle, so you should process it until there is no more oil and it looks like butter. Please note that your blender or food processor can get hot if you use it all the time. You can turn it off and let it cool down before you continue.
If your cute little dog likes it crunchy, you can add some crushed peanuts to the processed peanut butter you just made. Use a spoon to mix the crushed peanuts into the butter. You can keep them in the fridge and use them as dog treats the next time your cuddly little puppy behaves well.
Recipe 2: Peanut Butter Cookies
Here is another homemade dog treat made with peanut butter, which you can prepare very easily and with very few ingredients.
- 2 cups of wheat flour (or you can use all-purpose flour if your dog does not like wheat)
- 1 cup of oats
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/4 cups hot water
Preheat your oven to 350° F. First you have to mix wheat flour and oats in a bowl. Add peanut butter and hot water to this mixture to make the dough. The consistency of the dough should not be too sticky. You can add extra dough to make the dough smoother.
Knead the dough very well and spread the dough so that you can cut out different shapes of dog treats according to your needs. There are some easily available cookie cutters that you can use to cut out the shape your dog prefers. Since the dough is only about half a centimeter in size, it is easy to cut out any shape you like.
Take out a cookie sheet and brush it with butter for baking. Spread the cut-out shapes on the baking tray and bake in your oven for about 40 minutes. You can turn off your oven after 40 minutes, but leave the cookies in it for 4-5 hours to cool down. The cookies will harden after cooling down, just like dogs like it, so that they can keep chewing them.
Please note that the dough can become sticky, making kneading difficult. In this case, you can add more flour or knead until the dough is soft.
You can keep the dog biscuits in an airtight container and it will not be spoilt for a week. If you want your dog treats to last longer, you can freeze them in the refrigerator, which will last for 3-4 months.
Recipe 3: Peanut Banana Ice Puts
If your puppy likes to lick ice cream, here is a healthy peanut butter doggy treat recipe that can be used as a frozen treat.
For this recipe, you can use the peanut butter that you have kept in your refrigerator. Take half of a crushed banana and add it to the peanut butter, and add the necessary water to give it a liquid consistency.
Take out your ice cream bowls and fill them with this dough. Freeze it in your fridge and use it as a delicious dog biscuit.
Can dogs eat peanut butter regularly? The answer is yes! Peanut butter is a healthy dog treat. And on top of all that, you don’t need sophisticated ingredients to make a homemade peanut butter dog treat, most ingredients would only be found in your kitchen. The peanut butter treats smell great, and your dog will love them more than the treats you buy in the store. It’s cheap and easy to cook, which makes it a perfect dog treat.