Homemade Apple Peanut Butter Dog Treats are amazingly healthy – with no sugar like you find in store bought! Just mix, roll, cut and bake! They are Dog tested and Mom approved!!
Friends, I dedicate this post to the big baby at our house – my 12 year old black lab named Woody who is completely blind, and has been a diabetic for 6 years. The first photo you see below is no optical illusion, his head really stands at kitchen island height ( yep, he is a big boy) and weighs in at a very thin 90 pounds. *Note – sadly, in these photos he had just had 2 cracked molars pulled out and was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma.
In an effort to keep some weight on my big guy, I created this recipe using Woody’s favorites, apples and peanut butter. They are easy to make, crunchy, and Woody goes crazy at the smell of them baking! If your “kids” love treats (and whose doesn’t, right?) I bet your fur babies will love these!
The 12 treats I get out of this dough are large and have 222 nutrient-packed calories each. This wasn’t an issue for Woody since he needed to maintain his weight, but you can make the treats a little smaller for less calories each if needed.
Update… Woody passed away 3 months after this post was originally published. It is comforting to think that Woody is in a better place, because I truly believe that all dogs go to Heaven.
So, let me share this awesome recipe with you! The ingredients for these cookies are super simple. Oat flour, unsweetened applesauce, natural peanut butter and eggs. To save money, I make my own oat flour by running whole rolled oats thru the food processor.
HOW TO MAKE OAT FLOUR FROM ROLLED OATS
Oat flour from the store can be costly, about 4 times the price of all-purpose flour. To make these treats more affordable, I make my own oat flour from store brand old-fashioned rolled oats.
The process is easy, just add rolled oats to a food processor and pulse until the oats look like rough sand. For every 2 cups of rolled oats, you will net about 1 cup of oat flour.
2 cups rolled oats = 1 cup processed oat flour
Making your oat flour allows for control of the grind. For Homemade Apple Peanut Butter Dog Treats, I make a coarse ground oat flour.
Then the oat flour, peanut butter, apple sauce and eggs are mixed in a bowl, forming the dough.
Form the dough into a flat ball and roll out on a floured surface.
Use a cookie cutter to make cute shapes!
These smell heavenly while baking. Woody sits by the stove waiting on them to come out. He also gets the little dough scraps.
Store tightly covered for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator to preserve freshness. These dog treats can also be packed in a freezer-safe container and frozen for up to 3 months.
*NOTE – Make sure your Peanut Butter does not contain a sweetener called Xylitol , it can be poison to dogs!
If you love these dog treats, you might want to try a batch of Homemade Double Banana Dog Treats! Your furry friends will love them!
Homemade Apple Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 4 cups Oat Flour more as needed
- 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350°F .
- Combine the oat flour, peanut butter, applesauce and eggs in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. If the dough is sticky, add a little oat flour until you can handle the dough without it sticking to your hands.
- Transfer dough to a flat surface and roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut our your shapes. I use a large heart shape cookie cutter and get about 12 large cookies from this recipe.
- Transfer onto a baking sheet lined with baking mat or parchment paper.
- Bake 20-25 minutes until the cookies are dry and starting to darken at the edges.
- Cool completely on a wire rack and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. OR freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
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**For so much more that you need to know about Xylitol, you should definitely check out this amazing article, Definitive Guide to Xylitol and Dogs, by SimpleWag. It takes a comprehensive look at Xylitol and the dangerous effects it can have on your dog.