Most dogs love the taste of peanut butter. Assuming that your canine companion isn't allergic to the ingredients, he's bound to love these delicious treats! They are a healthy and safe alternative to commercially made biscuit treats, and you probably have moist of the ingredients in your kitchen right now.
I love making my own dog treats. I have complete control over every ingredient that goes into them. I know exactly how the food is prepared, and I can make them with top-quality ingredients. The peace of mind that I get from making my own dog treats far outweighs the extra time I put into cooking them.
We do have one dog, our 6-year-old boxer, who doesn't particularly like biscuit treats. She won't touch most commercially made dog treats, but she will eat these peanut butter and oat treats on occasion. She much prefers jerky treats, like the ones that I made last week.
Peanut Butter and Oat Dog Biscuits Recipe
- 2 cups of white or wheat flower
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of fish oil
If you check out my video, you'll notice that I say sugar instead of flour in the beginning. I guess I wasn't 100% awake! You're going to take the 2 cups of FLOUR and mix them together with the oats in a large mixing bowl. Just blend them together so they are evenly mixed.
Next you'll add 1 cup of the water. Set the other 1/2 cup to the side for use later. Mix this with the dry ingredients until you have a doughy ball. Then add the peanut butter. You'll need to be sure to mix the peanut butter thoroughly. You'll know it is blended completely when the color of the mixture is an even light brown with no pockets of unmixed peanut butter.
Next add the honey and fish oil. If you've seen any of my recipes in the past, you'll notice that I try to add fish oil to almost all of the homemade dog food and treats that I make. It's such a beneficial ingredient that is safe for all dogs. It's great for heart health, skin and coat health and brain development.
The final step in the mixing process is to add the remaining water. You don't want to add it all at once though. Add a small amount and then mix the dough. You want it to be moist, but not sticky. It should be the same consistency as cookie dough.
If the dough stops absorbing the water, you've added too much.
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Don't worry. Everyone makes mistakes. As you'll see in my video, I did too! If you added too much water, like I did, just keeping adding flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough isn't sticky anymore. This is also the time that you want to preheat your oven to 350°.
Once you've got the dough at the right consistency, it's time to roll it out. In my video I show you the proper way to setup your work area. I spread about 2 tablespoons of flour on the counter and evenly spread it out until there is about a 1 foot by 1 foot area covered in flour.
Place the dough in the middle and sprinkle another tablespoon of flour over the top of the dough ball. Then start rolling. Continue spreading the dough until it's about 1/4-inch thick in all areas. Don't forget the center! Oftentimes people are more concerned with the edges and forget to spread the center of the dough completely.
Once the dough is evenly spread, you can cut out the biscuits. You may prefer to use cookie cutters, but I just use a butter knife to cut the dough into squares. I prefer this, because I'm able to cut small squares for our small breed dog and bigger squares for our large breeds.
On a greased and floured cookie sheet, place the treats as closely together as you can without having them touch. They won't rise at all during baking, so you don't need to worry about them getting stuck together. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.
Once they are cooled, I place these treats in resealable sandwich bags or an airtight container. They usually only last in our house for about three weeks, but that's just because we go through a lot of treats with three dogs. Obviously, the number of treats that you get per batch will vary depending on the size of the treats you cut. In small squares, I get about three cookie sheets full of treats per batch of dough I make.