Just like her muma, Leni loves food. She’ll sit, do paw – two if she’s really excited – and rush back to me on walks before I’ve even finished calling her name. I’ve been thinking about making her some home made treats for some time now, so I ordered a cute bone-shaped cookie cutter online and started researching some recipes.
I wanted something basic and easy. There was this great recipe that uses baby food and flour to make tasty treats, but seeing as I’m just a puppy mummy and not just a real mum, I didn’t have any baby food jars in the cupboard. Instead, I found this other recipe from Pink Pistachio and adapted it especially for Leni!
This one uses shredded coconut, which gives the treats a delicious texture and the peanut butter and a little water and milk binds the whole recipe together. It’s important to make sure you’re not including too much salt in anything you give to your pup, and also other nuts (except peanut butter) as they can be toxic to dogs. Lactose can also cause digestive upset so I subbed Pink Pistachio’s milk for a little water. If you’re concerned about any toxic dog ingredients, you can check them here.
So, here’s the homemade peanut butter dog treats recipe – with some Leni & Me twists
1 cup flour
½ cup oats
¼ cup shredded coconut (if you want to sub this for desiccated coconut that’s fine, just make sure it’s the unsweetened kind)
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons of milk
½ cup of water or chicken stock (just keep an eye on the salt content)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
½ cup peanut butter
First, pre-heat your oven to 150ᵒC. Mix all of your wet ingredients together; that’s the peanut butter, water, milk and olive oil. It will form a gooey thick paste.
Now add all the dry ingredients together with your peanut butter mix to form a sticky dough. Mine was quite dry so I added a little more milk to loosen the mixture. Now get your hands stuck in and mix all the ingredients together making sure they’re properly combined.
Next, flour your work surface and get cutting out your cute bone-shaped treats. Place them on a lined baking sheet and pop in the oven until they’re golden brown. Mine took around 20 minutes.
Let them cool before sealing in an air tight container ready for treat time. I’m not sure if it’s because Leni is a glutton or because she really liked them but this recipe is going down a storm…
Until next time,
Leni & Me