I recently tried my hand at homemade puppy treats, and it was a success!
Hubs and I have spent a lot of money (and time!) at Petco purchasing the best treats for Millie…and I felt like there had to be a better solution to our treats need. We look for high-quality ingredients in treats that are the right size (not too big so we can use them for frequent rewards during training sessions) and we want Millie to like them too. Most dogs eat anything and everything, but Millie is a really slooooow eater, and if she doesn’t like a treat she’ll leave it be. Weird, right?!
I was thrilled to find a recipe for Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Treats on Cat’s exciting blog Cat’s Mewsings. I used her recipe which I’ve included below for your reference. Cat is a genius in the pup-dog kitchen!
Millie loves these treats. The best part is that they’re inexpensive to make, we can break them into small sizes for training needs and they use peanut butter…it’s a win-win-win-win! Millie loves peanut butter more than almost anything else…I think she takes after me.
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2-1 cup water
To begin I beat the egg in a large bowl and then whisked in the PB.
Once combined I added the flour and oats and mixed with a spatula (so there was minimal stickage). You’ll want to add the water slowly so you can achieve the best consistency (Cat notes that it should easily form a ball without parts crumbling off, but it shouldn’t be too wet). You can add water and flour as needed.
Next I rolled the dough out on a cutting board to about a 1/4 inch thickness. The treats are super cute if you use doggy-themed cookie cutters, but alas my cookie cutters are hiding from me a the moment. Instead I used the pizza cutter to create triangle and parallelogram shapes.
Place the treats on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool the treats and serve to your favorite pup!
Cat also notes that you can dehydrate the cookies for a longer shelf life. With all the training we’re doing with Millie I think we’ll cruise through these pretty quickly, but once she’s a little bigger I’m sure we’ll take advantage of this option. You can check out more of Cat’s sweet recipes on her Pinterest board too.