Dogs love peanut butter. That is nothing new. But did you know that it is possible to prepare healthy homemade dog treats with this ingredient? Here are our favorite homemade peanut butter dog treats.
A Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe, You Can Also Eat!
These dog biscuits are one of our favorite homemade puppy treats because they are healthy and suitable for dogs and humans. If you have small children at home, you will not fear that they eat your dog's food!
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- 300 grams of whole wheat flour
- 1 egg L
- 270 grams of peanut butter without xylitol.
- 220ml of water
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- Optional: frosting based on honey and peanut butter.
Step-By-Step Preparation Of Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
- Preheat oven to 350 °F.
- Mix the egg with the flour until you get a dough.
- Then add the peanut butter, water, and honey. Little by little, the dough will become more elastic and firm, although sticky.
- Place the dough on a floured surface.
- Stretch the dough to ½-inch thick.
- Cut your cookies using the cookie cutters that you like the most.
- Put the cookies on a baking tray previously covered with baking paper. Leave a space between each cookie to prevent them from sticking together.
- Cook for 20 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.
- Let cool before serving to your dog (or try one yourself).
- You can prepare a simple frosting by mixing two tablespoons of peanut butter with one tablespoon of honey. Heat the mixture for a smoother frosting and drizzle it over your cookies.
3 Tips For Preparing Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Cooking homemade peanut butter dog treats is not difficult at all. However, you should consider some tips so that the cookies are not only delicious but also healthy and, above all, safe for your dog.
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1. Use Whole Wheat Flour
You can make these homemade peanut butter dog treats with all-purpose flour. However, the healthier option is to opt for whole wheat flour.
Whole wheat flour is prepared using whole grains and has a minor refining process which affects its nutritional contribution by maintaining the bran and germ.
That is the healthiest option for your dog: it is a source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Note: this type of flour contains gluten. Therefore, if your dog has an allergy to gluten, you should use a suitable flour for him.
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2. Check The Peanut Butter's Label
Ideally, you should choose a peanut butter with no artificial sweeteners or stabilizers. Beyond that, the most important thing is that you confirm that the peanut butter does not contain xylitol. In the market, you can get peanut butter specifically for dogs.
Xylitol, or birch sugar, is a sugar alcohol used for years to sweeten products due to its low caloric content. This ingredient is safe for human consumption, but can be fatal to dogs.
As explained for VCA Animal Hospitals, when a dog ingests a product with xylitol, this ingredient is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. Like all sweeteners, it produces the release of insulin by the pancreas. However, in this case, the release is so fast and abrupt that it can cause profound hypoglycemia.
A drop in sugar can affect the functioning of the liver and end up being fatal.
➡️ Always pay attention to the ingredients you use in your homemade puppy treats. Avoid xylitol!
Check out: 10 Human Foods Your Dog CANNOT Eat
3. Respect Honey Amount Recommended In The Recipe
Adding more honey to these homemade peanut butter dog treats can be tempting, but don't do it!
Honey is healthy for dogs, as we have seen in our article on 10 human foods that your dog can eat. Honey provides vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, and antioxidants.
However, it also provides a lot of calories. Therefore, it should be consumed sporadically and in moderation.
Show your love to your dog by preparing these homemade peanut butter dog treats. The process is very simple. Between preparation and cooking, it will take you around 45 minutes.
Of course, remember that treats should be eaten in moderation to avoid weight gain. The good news is that these healthy homemade dog treats can be stored in a closed container, away from sunlight and in a cool place, for a couple of weeks.
How Can I Replace Whole Wheat Flour If My Dog Has Celiac Disease Or Gluten Sensitivity?
In the presence of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity in your dog, you can replace the whole wheat flour with a gluten-free option. Among the best, stand out:
- Oat flour.
- Sorghum flour.
- Chickpea bean flour.
Consult your trusted veterinarian about it.
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