Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

DF VG

These homemade peanut butter dog treats are so easy and you only need four ingredients. Pups will love the peanut butter flavor!

Did you know that homemade dog treats are crazy easy to make? Yup, they are!!

Bowl of bone-shaped homemade dog treats.

I actually just found out myself a few weeks ago. I got inspired after reading the ingredient list on a few natural treats that I bought for Olive (our 6 pound Yorkshire Terrier) and decided it couldn’t be that hard to make them myself.

And it’s not at all!

Jar of bone-shaped homemade dog treats.

I’m actually worried I might be quickly becoming a crazy dog lady because I’ve already made THREE batches!! Some are for Olive, but I’ll definitely be gifting some to Olive’s friends as well.

Cookie cutter, broth, wheat flour, peanut butter and applesauce measured out in bowls.

Ingredients Needed

The dough can be whipped up in a flash with everyday ingredients you probably have sitting in your pantry right now. Here’s what you need:

  • whole wheat flour – I like using whole wheat because it’s more nutrient dense, but all-purpose works too. You can also use a gluten-free option like sorghum, oat or garbanzo bean flour if your dog has allergies.
  • creamy peanut butter – this adds healthy fat and flavor. Make sure your peanut butter doesn’t have any added ingredients like artificial sweeteners as these can be toxic to dogs! Look for a brand with only two ingredients: peanuts and salt.
  • unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana – You can use homemade applesauce or store-bought. This adds a little sweetness and helps the dough form together with the added liquid.
  • vegetable, chicken or beef stock – this helps moisten the dough and add a savory flavor that dog’s love.
  • bone shaped cookie cutter – I used this mini bone cookie cutter since Olive is small, but am eyeing this set with a variety of sizes!

Rolled out dog treat dough with bone-shaped cut outs with a bone-shaped cookie cutter.

Pet Friendly Ingredients

The great part about this recipe is that you know exactly what’s in the treats and you can feel good about the fact that there’s no preservatives, additives or funky ingredients.

Peanut butter – Make sure your peanut butter doesn’t include the artificial sweetener xylitol as this is toxic to dogs. To be honest, most peanut butters do not include this ingredient, but always check the ingredient list.

Flour – Both all-purpose and whole wheat flour are safe for dogs! If your dog can’t tolerate wheat, you could try rice, sorghum, oat or garbanzo bean flour as well.

Bone-shaped dog treats on a cookie sheet.

How Many Dog Treats Can I Give My Dog?

As with everything in life, moderation is key! I recommend starting by giving your dog a small treat to see if they have any adverse reactions. After determining your dog tolerates the treat well, you can give as often as you see fit.

Hand picking up a homemade dog treat out of a jar.

How Long do Homemade Dog Treats Last?

After allowing these dog treats to cool completely, you can store them at room temp for 3-5 days, in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months or freeze them for longer storage (up to 3 months).

The treats can be served straight from the fridge, but should be thawed for a bit if frozen.

Bowl of bone-shaped homemade dog treats.

The Perfect Gift!

Homemade dog treats are the perfect gift for dog-lovers. Your friends and family will love that you thought of their furry, four-legged friend and the treats will keep their pets happy for days!

Hand picking up a homemade dog treat out of a jar.

More Dog Treat Recipes to Try:

If you make these peanut butter dog treats be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how they turned out for you and how your pup likes them! Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

4 from 109 votes
Making homemade snacks for your four-legged friend is a breeze with this simple peanut butter dog treats recipe. Pups will love the peanut butter flavor!
Bowl of bone-shaped homemade dog treats.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 120 mini bones

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup vegetable chicken or beef stock or broth
  • bone shaped cookie cutter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix ingredients: Combine flour, peanut butter and applesauce in a large mixing bowl. Add stock and stir until well-combined. The dough will be thick. Once combined use your hands to press the dough into a ball.
    Side by side photos of mixing bowls with dog treat dough before and after being mixed.
  • Roll: Place dough ball on a flat service (with a sprinkle of flour if needed) and roll out evenly with a rolling pin. Dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut the dough into desired shape and place on baking sheet.
    Rolled dough with dog bone cookies cut out.
  • Bake: Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown and dry. Larger cookies may need to bake longer!
    Bone-shaped dog treats on a cookie sheet.
  • Store: Store in an airtight container.

Video

Notes

  • Peanut butter – Make sure your peanut butter doesn't include the artificial sweetener xylitol as this is toxic to dogs. To be honest, most peanut butters do not include this, but always check the ingredient list.
  • Flour – Both all-purpose and whole wheat flour are safe for dogs! If your dog doesn't tolerate wheat, you could try rice, sorghum, oat or garbanzo bean flour as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1small treat Calories: 10kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Fat: 1g Sodium: 1mg
Course: Dog Treats
Cuisine: Dog Treats
Keyword: peanut butter dog treats

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

Please leave a comment and star rating on this post and share on social media using the hashtag #eatingbirdfood. I love seeing your recipe shares!
This post may include affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




    258 comments
    1. Lala
      October 14, 2021 AT 11:36 am

      5 stars
      I have two dogs. They both loved them very much!! It’s a very easy recipe. Thanks so much!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 14, 2021 AT 11:49 am

        Woo!! So happy to hear your pups have been enjoying these treats, Lala! Makes me so happy to hear. Thanks so much for the review!

    2. Karrie
      July 28, 2021 AT 6:05 pm

      4 stars
      I’ve made these several times. They never turn out crunchy no matter how long I bake them or how thick or thin it’s rolled out. I’ve tried bananas and applesauce still no difference. I use whole wheat flour. My dog still loves them but wondering what I’m doing wrong?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 4, 2021 AT 5:58 pm

        When making these do you leave space in between each treat while baking? I’m wondering if they’re spaced too close together which is not allowing them to crisp up.

      2. Cheryl
        August 2, 2021 AT 3:34 pm

        I also want these to be a little crunchier. I have made this recipe so many times, it’s my go-to.

    3. Crystal Epley
      July 26, 2021 AT 7:41 pm

      I am looking to make these treats and don’t have the cookie cutter. I am probably just going to make tbsp size little balls. What is the nutritional information by weight?

    4. Kat Brown
      July 23, 2021 AT 10:44 pm

      5 stars
      This recipe was really simple to make and my girl loves them! It’s actually pretty relaxing to form the dough ball with its texture. Making some for my ma’s pups now.

    5. Hannah
      July 18, 2021 AT 5:01 pm

      Are these hard/crunchy in texture or soft? Would these be suitable for senior dogs with dental issues/few teeth?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 19, 2021 AT 2:08 pm

        They’re hard, but you could cook them less time to make them softer.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

5 SECRETS TO
HEALTHY SNACKING

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring!

FREE EMAIL BONUS

GET A 3 DAY CLEAN EATING MEAL PLAN

Subscribe to our list and get your free printable PDF of the 3 Day Clean Eating Meal Plan and Shopping List!

X