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Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter Crackers? Dietary Guidance

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

A stack of Peanut butter crackers

It’s no secret that dogs love the taste of peanut butter. It’s often a first choice to use for distributing medication or just for a lickable snack. But are peanut butter crackers safe for your dog? The answer depends on a few factors, but dogs can benefit from peanut butter in their diet.

There are a few types of peanut butter crackers. Some are made for humans, and some are made for our pets. If you are feeding your dog canine-friendly peanut butter crackers, this isn’t a problem. However, if you’re giving them human food, it’s not really the most advisable option. We’ll tell you why.

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Dogs Can Eat Peanut Butter Crackers—For Dogs!

Peanut butter is a very nutritious food that dogs can eat with joy. Dogs can eat peanut butter crackers, but only ones made for dogs! Luckily, there are plenty of options both commercially and from scratch! However, we want to make you aware of a few things.

All peanut butter fed to dogs should be totally natural and processed as little as possible. That means it should contain no added sugars or excess oils. Beware of artificial sweeteners, as they can be dangerous for dogs, too.

So, if you plan to make your dog their very own peanut butter delights, shop smart!

brown dog eating peanut butter
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Why Human Snacks Aren’t the Best Snacks

The reality is human snacks are made for just that—humans. Since they aren’t specially formulated for canines, it really isn’t the best dietary choice. Human snacks can be full of things like sodium, artificial flavors, dyes, and chemicals—none of which are good things for dogs to have in their system.

Anything that our pups need nutritionally, they get from their standard dog food diet. So when you’re adding in a snack of any kind, moderation is key, and human snacks should be out of the food bowl.

DIY Doggy Peanut Butter Cracker Recipe

There are laundry lists of peanut butter snacks you can whip up for your dog in your home. Here are a few really easy-to-make peanut butter crackers. You don’t even have to bake anything. Just mix up the ingredients and spread them on a dog-safe cracker treat.

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Cookie Rookie Peanut Butter Dog Treats

These peanut butter treats are yummy and fun to make! Unlike some crunchy snacks, these come with a delicious peanut butter drizzle topping. The maker recommends keeping these treats in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 months—and you can freeze them for 8 months!

Treat Portion:

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 3-4 tablespoons hot water

Love from the Oven Peanut Butter Dog Treats

These treats make a perfect snack! With only a few ingredients, your pup can enjoy the peanut-buttery flavors they love so much. This creator makes a good point—always use peanut butter that doesn’t contain the artificial sweetener called xylitol, as it is toxic to dogs.

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup water
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Bigger Bolder Baking Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats

If you want to go Elvis-style, you can make your dog yummy peanut butter and banana treats. We think they will love them and so will you! With three simple ingredients, you can give your dog a tasty snack they can’t wait to gobble up—not to mention it’s healthy!

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana

Pawesome Recipes Peanut Butter Almond Flour Dog Treats

Is your pup gluten-sensitive? Don’t worry! We covered all the pups with sensitive guts, too! This recipe uses three simple ingredients—and it’s totally gluten-free. You can buy almond flour at a local store and make your pup a yummy snack to make their tummy growl happily—not in misery.

  • Almond flour
  • Peanut butter
  • Egg

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Dogs + Peanut Butter Crackers: Final Thoughts

So now you know that even though dogs can’t eat human peanut butter crackers, they can still enjoy the snack in a doggy-approved recipe. Even if they are begging for your handful of scrumptious treats, human foods contain ingredients our canines simply shouldn’t have.

All you have to do is get a peanut butter treat from the store or whip up one of your own in your very own kitchen. Dogs love peanut butter, which can be very healthy in moderation.

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