Happy National Love Your Pet Day! Our pets are a big part of our family so I don’t mind spoiling them when I can. I’ve never made my own dog treats, but I thought this would be a fun baking project and a way to give our Lab, Zoe, some homemade, healthy dog treats.
I found a dog treat recipe from Carrington Farms that looks super easy and healthy. (They seem to have some great organic products, by the way.) Peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, oats, flour, and broth… all things I already had in my kitchen.
If your coconut oil has solidified like mine, just zap it for a little bit in the microwave to liquify for easier blending. My honey is from a local bee farm just down the road from me, The Valley Hive. Their bees might have even gotten pollen from my flowers, that’s how close we are!
Start by whisking together the peanut butter, honey, oil, and broth…
Next, you’ll want to combine the flours and oats, then mix them into the wet ingredients (switch to a dough hook if using a mixer.)
Flour your work surface and roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick. I purchased this adorable dog bone shaped cookie cutter from Kake Kreations (another great locally owned business near me.) It’s about 2 1/2 inches long. You can make them into any shape you’d like, though. I just thought these would be so cute!
Bake for 12-14 minutes. The treats will be chewy, not hard – perfect for our old girl.
With the 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, I got 60 dog treats after re-rolling the dough scraps after cutting. Since there are no preservatives, you’ll need to refrigerate these if not used in a week. You can also cut the recipe in half.
Homemade healthy dog treatsPrint Recipe
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 Tbs coconut oil
- 1 cup chicken broth (or veggie)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Whisk together peanut butter, honey, oil, and chicken broth
In a separate bowl, combine flours and oatmeal
Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients
Place dough on flour-dusted surface and roll or press dough out to about 1/4" inch thick
Use a small bone cookie cutter to cut out cookies (the size is up to you, depending on the size of your dog)
Roll out leftover scraps and cut out as many as possible
Put cut out cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet
Bake for 12-14 minutes
Transfer to a cooling rack
Store at room temp in an airtight container for about a week, or longer if you store in the refrigerator
Use organic, or sustainable, locally produced ingredients whenever possible.