QUICK and EASY Homemade DIY Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe
April 13th, 2020
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Today, we’re introducing quite possibly the quickest and easiest homemade DIY peanut butter dog treat recipe ever.
At the time of this post, much of the world is still under stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite all the negative effects of the virus, it also offers a unique opportunity for dog owners to try their hand at a homemade dog treat recipe. We made this batch just in time for Easter!
Not only is this recipe so quick and easy, it’ll make your dog spin with joy. And you get the added benefits of knowing exactly what’s going in their dog treats, while saving you money as well!
Even if you’ve never baked anything in your life, never fear. Let’s get started.
Original Recipe, Tweaked
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We followed the original recipe on Damn Delicious, but with some tweaks and DIY hacks.
- ⅔ cup pumpkin puree/mashed pumpkin
- ¼ cup creamy reduced fat peanut butter
- 2 cup all-purpose flour (or whole-wheat flour)
- 2 jumbo eggs
- [Optional] Touch of milk (~2tbsp)
Everything here is dog-friendly! For Yuna the 58 pound Labrador, this produced enough treats to last at least three weeks, likely longer.
We deviated slightly from the original recipe. Here’s an explanation of our ingredients.
Farmer’s Market canned pumpkin puree is great, but we didn’t have any on hand. Instead, we cut up a pumpkin, boiled it until soft, and mashed it.
Definitely use creamy peanut butter for this recipe. Since peanut butter can be pretty fatty, we also highly recommend using a reduced fat variety, like this one from Skippy. Be sure your peanut butter doesn’t contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.
The original recipe called for 2 ½ to 3 cups of whole-wheat flour, which we thought would’ve been too much. 2 cups was perfect for our mixture.
We only get jumbo eggs here! But large eggs are fine too.
The original recipe didn’t include milk, but I’d recommend having a little bit ready in case the mixture gets too dry. Just a small amount, about 2 tablespoons, is sufficient.
- Oven tray, baking sheet
- Large bowl for mixing, spatula
- [Optional] Electric mixer
- Cookie cutters/DIY version
Classic baking stuff here. Damn Delicious recommends using an electric mixer, but we made do with a spatula and our hands.
DIY Cookie Cutters
Having cookie cutters is nice, but even if you don’t have them, you can easily make them yourself at home.
Simply grab some tape and a pair of scissors and cut up a used soda can into whatever desired shapes you like! Be careful not to cut your fingers.
We created one shaped like a bone and another shaped like a heart.
Homemade DIY Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe Instructions
- Prepare pumpkin. If you have pumpkin puree, move to step 2. Otherwise, cut up a pumpkin into slices and toss into boiling water for about 20 minutes. After draining, it should be soft enough to mash into a ⅔ cup portion.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Put pumpkin and peanut butter in a large bowl. Crack two jumbo eggs. Mix the lot together using your electric mixer (about 2 minutes) or a spatula (about 3 minutes).
- Add in 1 ½ cups of all-purpose or whole-wheat flour, a half cup at a time. Continue to mix with spatula between each addition of flour. After adding the first 1 ½ cups, dough should begin to form. Continue kneading with hands. Dough should be firm and dry, but not cracked. Add the final ½ cup flour as necessary. If at any time the dough appears too dry, mix in a couple tablespoons of milk to add moisture.
- Once dough is smooth and solid, remove from bowl. Sprinkle flour on a flat surface, lay the dough on it, and continue kneading. Use a roller to flatten dough to about ¼ inch thickness.
- Use the cookie cutters! Transfer shapes to a try lined with a baking sheet. To avoid wasting dough, re-knead and re-roll the dough to form more cookies.
- Bake in oven at 350 F for 25 minutes. Before feeding to your dog, let cool completely.
Baking for 25 minutes produced a nice, crispy outside but soft inside. Tough to find that in a traditional bag of dog treats at the store!
You can increase baking time to 30 minutes for more crunch.
The treats will last for weeks if properly stored in airtight containers.
A final great thanks to Chungah at Damn Delicious for the original recipe. We made tweaks based on our experiences and Yuna’s preferences.
Want to take your home-cooking one step further for your dog? Check out our 4 homemade dog food recipes–perfect for enhancing a kibble-based diet.
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