My dog is obsessed with peanut butter. I swear he can smell it from a mile away.
In my house, you cannot open the container unless you plan to give him a spoonful of peanut butter!
We try not to give him too much since it has sugar in it, but it is hard to resist when he gives us “the look.” Every dog owner knows the look well. Our dogs give it to us on a daily basis!
There are some healthy alternatives to giving your pet huge globs of peanut butter or treats that are full of calories. Yes, dog food and treats have calories too!
Blogger Mandi, of Moments with Mandi, is a mom of three little humans and a fur mom. Mandi has come up with a simple and easy recipe for homemade dog treats. Get ready, because your pup is going to be obsessed!
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 1 cup of coconut oil
- 1 banana
You can change the amounts, just make sure you’re using the same amount of coconut oil that you’re using as peanut butter.
Most importantly, check the label on your peanut butter. It is crucial that you’re using dog-safe peanut butter. That means your peanut butter cannot contain Xylitol.
Peanut butter is a great treat to give your dog if you’re trying to get them more healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E, niacin, and antioxidants. But Xylitol can be found in many kinds of peanut butter and it is extremely dangerous for dogs.
Xylitol can destroy your dogs liver and can even lead to death. Jif is one of the safest national brands of peanut butter for your dog, but always triple check the label.
You do not need to melt the coconut oil (that might make things very messy if you do). You’ll want it to be soft, but not liquid.
Instead, just measure out one cup of coconut oil and place in the bowl. Then, peel and cut the banana into smaller pieces and put into the mixing bowl, with the one cup of peanut butter.
Mix it all together! It is okay if some parts of the mixture are a little chunky (most likely from the banana).
After your mixture is all set, you can pour it into a plastic Ziploc bag. You will need to snip the end off. This makes it easier to pour the mix into the molds.
Silicone molds are best for this, as you can easily pop the treats right out after they are done. You can purchase silicone molds at the grocery store, online, or places like Bed, Bath & Beyond.
You will put the treats in the freezer until they are solid (about 10-15 minutes).
This recipe is amazing because there is no baking required! On a good day, it should take you less than 30 minutes total to prepare and set these treats.
Mandi suggests using a wax sheet if you do not have a silicone mold. You can make little circle drops on the wax sheet, then freeze as you would with the mold.
If you want to purchase a mold to make these and any future dog treats, this pawprint and bone mold can be purchased off of Amazon.
The silicone mold set is only $12.99! That is practically a steal for how cute and easy to use it is.
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Source: Moments with Mandi