Your dog has behaved extremely well while you were away from home, you can reward your dog by giving him a homemade peanut butter a dog’s treat. Dogs love peanut butter in all forms whether it is given as a gift or even if it is 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 added into it. This dog snack is healthy, safe and easy to cook.
This dog snack is healthy, safe and easy to cook. However, when you are providing the dog with treats besides the usual dog meal portions, keep in check 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 store brought treats. When it is made at home, you can be sure about the ingredients, and you will not be using any artificial flavors which make it safe. Other than this, peanut butter also has following benefits:-
- A typical serving of peanut butter contains a right amount of calories with less fat and sugar.
- Peanut butter contains monosaturated fats which can regulate cholesterol level which is a growing health concern among dogs. Like humans, dogs can also develop cholesterol which can be detrimental to their health.
- Peanut butter is a rich source of Vitamin E.
- In dog treats, you use roasted peanuts which contain more antioxidants than the raw peanuts.
- Peanut butter contains Vitamin H and Vitamin K which gives a glossy coat to your dog’s fur.
- Peanut butter is free from cholesterol hence it is a healthy snack.
Here is some simple peanut butter dog treats recipes:-
Recipe 1: Make Peanut Butter At Home
- 1 1/2 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts
- One tsp. honey
- One tsp. Safflower oil
The first step for making this delicious homemade peanut butter dog treat is to grind the peanuts. For this take unsalted peanuts in the required quantity and using your high-speed blender process the peanut to make it into peanut butter. Please note that the peanuts undergo several changes when you are processing it in your blender.
First, you will see that the peanuts look like a one messy blob, when you process it further this blob will turn into a paste-like dough. Keep processing for another 2-3 minute so that peanuts would form a thicker paste and finally oils would be released to make it peanut butter.
Do not stop your processor when you first see the thicker dough thinking that it is the consistency required. The more Adhesive dough would be difficult to handle hence keep processing until oil is out and it looks like butter. Please note, your blender or food processor might get hot while you are continuously using it. You can switch it off and let it cool before you proceed.
If your cute little dog like it is crispy, you can add few crushed peanuts and add it to the processed peanut butter you just made. Use a spoon to mix the crushed peanuts into the butter. You can store it in your fridge and use it as a dog treat next time when your little cuddly puppy is behaving well.
Recipe 2: Peanut Butter Cookies
Here is another homemade peanut butter dog treats which you can cook very easily and with very less number of 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 step is to mix wheat flour and oats together in a bowl. To this mixture add peanut butter and hot water to make the dough. The consistency of the dough should not be too sticky. You may add additional dough to make the dough smoother.
Knead the dough very well and spread out the dough so that you can cut out different shapes of dog treats as you need. There are some readily available shape cutters which you can use to carve out the shape which your dog prefers. Since the dough will only be about half an inch, it will be easy to cut out any shapes you want.
Take out a cookie sheet and brush butter on it for baking. Spread out the shapes you have cut out on the cookie sheet and bake it in your oven for about 40 minutes. You can switch off your oven after 40 minutes, however, let the cookies remain inside for 4-5 hours to cool down. The cookies would be hard after cooling down which is way doggies like it so that they can keep chewing it.
Please note, the dough can get sticky making it difficult to knead. In this case, you can add more flour or keep kneading it till the dough is soft.
You can store the doggie cookies in an airtight container, and it will not be ruined for a week. If you want your dog treats to stay longer, you can freeze it in your refrigerator which will then last for 3-4 months.
Recipe 3: Peanut Banana Ice Puts
If your doggie likes licking ice creams, here is a healthy peanut butter dog treats recipe which can be used as a frozen treat.
For this recipe, you can use the peanut butter which you have stored in your refrigerator. Take half of a mashed banana and add it to peanut butter, add a required water to give it a liquid consistency.
Take out your ice trays and fill it with this batter. Freeze it in your refrigerator and use it as a delicious dog treat.
Can dogs eat peanut butter on a regular basis? The answer is yes! Peanut butter is a healthy dog treat. And to top it all you don’t need any sophisticated ingredients to cook a homemade peanut butter dog treats, most of the ingredients would be in your kitchen only. The peanut butter treats smell great, and your dog will love it more than the store bought ones. It’s cheap and easy to cook which makes it a perfect dog treat.