Peanut butter oatmeal dog treats are the perfect homemade snack for your furry companion! They’re delicious and nutritious and your pup will surely thank you!
Personally, I love making homemade treats for my pup—and this peanut butter oatmeal dog treats recipe is no exception! Not only is it a fun activity to do with your significant other or children, but it also allows you to know exactly what is going into your dog’s food! Additionally, these homemade treats cost a fraction of some store bought options!
Dog treats range in price depending on size and amount, but on average they are between $8-12. Treats that are branded as “organic” or “all natural” are often even more expensive than the average! In total, for baking about two dozen treats, it cost me around $4 to make this homemade peanut butter oatmeal dog treats recipe! Even better, many of these ingredients I had already bought to eat on my own, so I wasn’t going out of my way to spend extra money on ingredients.
Many store-bought treats contain ingredients half of which I can’t even pronounce! While I wouldn’t consider myself an organic fanatic and I don’t feed my pup entirely whole ingredients, I still find it important to consider what I’m feeding my dog and to find the most wholesome and healthy treats possible. I love rewarding my pup for good behavior, but I don’t want to overdo it with unhealthy options.
Chewie, our Chief Treat Officer here at Popular Doodle, has taste tested these treats and given them two paws up! If your pup loves peanut butter as much as Chewie does, they’ll be sure to find these treats to be delicious. When I first went to the kitchen, Chewie was right behind me and it was hard to keep him out from under my feet! After a little taste of the peanut butter, he stuck by me like glue in case he got another lick or two. Shortly after the treats were put into the oven, the heavenly scent of peanut butter filled the entire house. This easily confused my boyfriend into thinking I was baking cookies for him…but who can blame him? They smelled delicious!
This peanut butter oatmeal dog treats recipe contains four common household ingredients. It’s such a simple process that even a novice baker like myself can perfect them! Despite being a treat, you can rest easy knowing you’re giving your pup a healthy, yet delicious snack! They’re a low-sugar snack and are safe for humans as well! Peanut butter, oatmeal, and yogurt are all high in protein. Oatmeal also contains a significant amount of fiber which plays an important role in digestive health and can help regulate blood sugar levels.
Homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats Recipe
What You’ll Need:
- Blender or food processor
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cups/spoons
- Rolling pin
- Cookie sheet
- Cookie cutters (Try these fun bone-shaped ones on Amazon!)
- Fluffy taste tester
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 3 tbsp yogurt
- 1 tbsp honey
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a blender or food processor, put in the oatmeal and blend on high until it reaches an almost powder-like consistency.
- Mix the peanut butter, yogurt, and honey, then add in the blended oats.
- Place a dollop of peanut butter on your pup’s nose. (Do not skip, this is mandatory! 😂)
- Once the ingredients are well-mixed, place the dough on wax paper and roll it out until it’s about a quarter-inch thick. If you don’t have wax paper, you can sprinkle some whole-wheat flour onto a surface instead.) Then use cookie cutters to form the treats into shapes. This time we used dinosaur and Star Wars cookie cutters, but we love these adorable heart and paw shaped cookie cutters on Amazon!
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they turn golden-brown.
Homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats Modifications & Additions
I happened to have all of the necessary ingredients in my house, but that may not be the case for everyone! If you don’t have everything in the ingredients, there are some pretty easy substitutions and modifications that can be made!
Almond Butter: If you don’t regularly have peanut butter in your house, an easy substitute is almond butter! It basically has the same consistency as peanut butter which makes it a great substitute! Almond butter, like peanut butter, is safe for dogs, but always check to make sure it does not have any xylitol in it before giving any to your dog.
Oats: When it comes to oats, there are things to be aware of when giving some to your dog. When given in moderation, oatmeal is a great snack for your dog as it’s full of protein, vitamins, fiber, and minerals! When buying oatmeal, stay away from instant oatmeal. While it may be more convenient, it often contains more additives and preservatives which are best to be avoided. Essentially, it negates all of the positive aspects of oatmeal. Also, be sure you buy plain oatmeal without any flavorings. Many of these flavorings contain the artificial sweetener, xylitol, which is potentially lethal to dogs. In one or two of these homemade peanut butter oatmeal dog treats there is not much oatmeal, but if your pup were to eat a whole batch of these treats at once they may experience some gastrointestinal distress. Additionally, oatmeal should be cooked before giving it to your dog, as raw oatmeal can be much more difficult to digest.
Cheese: A fun modification that your pup would love is adding some cheese to the recipe! Cheese and peanut butter are some of Chewie’s favorite foods—so why not mix them together? Simply add around 1⁄2 cup of shredded cheese to the mixture before rolling it out!
Banana: If your pup goes bananas over bananas, consider this modification! This is a pretty easy modification to make and it adds a whole new flavor! Simply mash up one ripe banana (the riper the better) and add it to your mixing bowl to mix it in with the rest of the ingredients until well blended.
Pumpkin: For more of a fall twist, consider adding pumpkin to this homemade peanut butter oatmeal dog treats recipe. Make sure you use 100% pumpkin puree for this and make sure there is no added sugars. Simply add 1⁄2 cup of pumpkin puree as you are mixing the other ingredients together.