Feeding the right amount of protein is crucial to providing the best diet for your dog. Protein isn't just the building block of muscle. It also aids in nerve function and helps to build strong bones. These no-bake dog treats offer an easy way to boost your pup's protein intake, if needed.
Every dog is different, and that means their nutritional needs are different too. Many dogs will benefit from a high protein diet, but some dogs could actually be harmed by a higher level of protein in their meals. Be sure to check in with your veterinarian about your dog's unique nutritional needs and how you can meet those needs.
These no-bake dog treats are an easy way to boost your dog's protein levels a little bit. If your veterinarian is recommending a high protein diet, these treats might not be enough. For the full nutritional components of the recipe, keep reading.
High Protein No-Bake Dog Treats Recipe
This limited ingredient recipe would be a great choice for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities. It may also work well for picky eaters. You can cater this recipe to your dog's needs, as well. For example, you could substitute quinoa flakes, buckwheat groats or hulled millet for the rolled oats.Print
Recipe: High Protein No-Bake Dog Treats
Making homemade dog treats can be time consuming, but no-bake dog treats are quick and easy. Making this homemade recipe allows you to control the amount of protein in your dog's snacks. Just be sure to consult with your veterinarian so that you know exactly how much protein your dog will need each day.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: about 48 treats 1x
- Category: No-Bake
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: Dog Treats
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
- water if needed
Combine the flaxseed, oats and peanut butter in a mixing bowl. As you can see in my video, the dough is pretty malleable. However, if you feel like you need to add a little bit of water to make the dough come together, you can.
Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the dough reaches the proper consistency. Roll tablespoon sized dough balls, and place them on a parchment paper-lined pan.
Oil your hands if necessary to avoid having the dough stick to your fingers. Place the no-bake treats in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 30 minutes before feeding the treats to your dog.
After 30 minutes in the refrigerator or freezer, you can move the treats to a sealed container or zipper-seal baggie. They will last in the refrigerator for 5-7 days or up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Serving Size: 1 treat
- Calories: 36
- Sugar: .5 g
- Sodium: 25 mg
- Fat: 2.9 g
- Carbohydrates: 1.7 g
- Fiber: .5 g
- Protein: 1.5 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
How to store: Store the leftover no-bake dog treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Remember that homemade treats do not have the preservatives that store-bought products do.
They will not last as long. If you'd like, you can freeze these treats in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
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If you're new to home-cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.