For the last year or so, I’ve stopped buying dog treats from the pet store, and have been making them myself. It’s much easier than I ever imagined, and I feel good about giving the treats to my pups because I know exactly what went into them. I’m a huge believer in feeding your pets the best food you can afford, and I think it shows because although my dogs are older, they are very healthy and active!
The dog treat making began after we made our first ever batch of beer. I know, random. Well, part of making beer involves soaking the grains in boiling water for a certain amount of time. The grains are in a cheesecloth sock, so it’s easy to take them out when time’s up. But then you’re left with what’s called “spent grains”–essentially wet grains. There are SO many things you can do with spent grains–I’ve made cookies, pizza dough, muffins, bread, pretzels, granola, veggie burgers, and–of course–dog treats. While some people choose to discard or compost the grains, I’m a huge believer in using everything to its full potential and avoiding waste. If you’re interested in these recipes, I have a Pinterest board full of them.
Anyway, yesterday I realized we were dangerously low on dog treats, and if I didn’t make some soon we were going to have a canine rebellion on our hands. Unfortunately, we haven’t made beer in a while so I had no spent grains on hand (although we’re making some today, so look for a post on that!). So, I made up my own recipe. And since I received four paws up for them, I wanted to share them to show you how easy it is to make your own, healthy dog treats!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (I used natural PB made from just peanuts and salt)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2-1 cup water
Beat the egg in a large bowl, then add the PB and whisk to combine.
Add the flour and PB and mix by hand. Add water in 1 tbsp increments until you reach a good consistency (the dough should easily form a ball without bits crumbling off, but shouldn’t be too wet). Add more flour or water as needed.
Roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter to cut dough to desired size. I bought some bone-shaped cookie cutters for my dog treats, but I’m sure my dogs wouldn’t care if they were round, square, or hand-shaped!
Bake at 350% for 30 minutes, then allow to cool before allowing your pup to sample your culinary awesomeness.
Optional: Dehydrate cookies for a few hours in a dehydrator, or in the oven on as low a temperature as it’ll go. This will help increase the shelf life.
Do you cook or bake for your pets? I love that they get to enjoy treats that I made with love, and with ingredients from my own kitchen!