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6 Vet-Approved Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipes (Homemade)

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Peanut butter is a favorite treat of humans and dogs alike. It’s full of protein, appetizing for dogs, and healthier than many other options.

Instead of buying commercial peanut butter treats, get in your kitchen and make some of your own. These homemade dog treat recipes feature peanut butter as the main ingredient, but they’re all easy to make for some special treats for your pup. You must never use xylitol to substitute for sugar in recipes and ensure that the peanut butter you are using is dog safe.

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The 6 Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipes

1. Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies
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If you want sweet, simple, and inexpensive peanut butter treats, these biscuits fit the bill. They’re also people-safe in case your kid accidentally eats one. The main part of the treat is a cookie or biscuit texture with a drizzle of peanut butter, though you can substitute pumpkin, sweet potato, or other dog-friendly ingredients.

2. Simple Ingredient Peanut Butter Dog Treats

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Using only four ingredients, these peanut butter dog treats couldn’t be quicker or simpler to make. All you need is peanut butter, eggs, flour, and water to form a dough, then bake for a few minutes and let them cool. You’ll have a whole batch of treats to last.

3. Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
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Another quick and simple recipe, these homemade peanut butter dog treats only use flour, peanut butter, applesauce, and broth to form delicious cookies for your pup. If you want to get into the spirit, invest in some dog bone cookie cutters! You can also change up the flavors a bit with different types of bone broth.

4. Honey Oat Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Honey Oat Peanut Butter Dog Treats
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Like other recipes, these honey oat peanut butter dog treats use just a few ingredients, all of which are safe for most dogs. As a bonus, they’re also no-bake. You just mix them together, roll them into balls, and let them set. That’s all! Ensure to stay with your dog while they enjoy this treat to ensure they don’t choke on the ball.

5. Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats

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These treats only use three ingredients, including banana as a substitute for eggs. The recipe is easier with a food processor, but you can certainly mix it all by hand. Once the ingredients are mixed, you just bake for about 15 minutes until they harden.

6. Gelatin Peanut Butter Treats

Gelatin Peanut Butter Treats
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These gelatin peanut butter treats are a unique take on the previous recipes with joint-healthy gelatin, chicken broth, and peanut butter. You can substitute with beef, or other broth if you wish. Once the ingredients are mixed, they just have to chill to set, and they’re ready to go.

A Word of Caution for Homemade Dog Treats

Many of the treat recipes you’ll find online are safe for dogs, but you still must do your due diligence. Owners sometimes disagree about the health benefits or dangers of certain ingredients, so it’s possible that you may come across a recipe that’s harmful without knowing it. If you have any doubts, ask your vet about the ingredient list.

Along those lines, peanut butter is healthy and safe for dogs in moderation and in general, but some brands contain harmful ingredients like xylitol. This naturally occurring sugar alcohol is found in a lot of foods for humans, but it’s not a safe option for a dog to eat. When ingested, it leads to an abrupt drop in blood sugar, liver failure, and possible death. Make sure you check any peanut butter labels before including them in your dog’s treat recipes.

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Final Thoughts

While commercial treats are convenient options, there’s nothing quite like a homemade treat—even for your dogs! These peanut butter treats are simple to make and give you big batches of treats that will last. They may not be suitable for dogs with certain medical conditions such as pancreatitis and food allergies for example.

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