These 3-Ingredient Dog Treats, or 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Dog Treats, are easy to make with items you most likely have in your kitchen. The ingredients are easily substituted and suggestions for substitutions are included.
I haven’t purchased store-bought dog treats since, well…since the beginning of the year.
At first, I was attempting to avoid going to the grocery store. Now I am trying to use what I have in my kitchen in an attempt to reduce kitchen waste.
When I realized that I could use up the assortment of flours that I had accumulated, I jumped right in with both
paws feet. Additionally, this recipe uses soft fruit like bananas or cooked apple, pears, carrots or sweet potato, so I can put to good use any of these ingredients before they go bad, thereby really cutting back on food waste.
And, I swear my sweet, sugar-faced girl really does prefer these 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Dog Treats over the store-bought variety.
You’ll notice that this recipe calls for 3 simple ingredients; oats, peanut butter, and soft fruit or vegetables. I used some apples that were a little wrinkly and quickly cooked them in the microwave to make a quick applesauce. I didn’t peel the apples but did remove the cores and seeds.
But as I noted above, you could easily substitute any soft fruit or vegetable with the exception of avocado, onions, mushrooms, garlic, rhubarb, grapes, and raisins which are harmful to dogs.
And feel free to substitute another grain for the oats. Check out the list of acceptable grains for dog treats in this Pumpkin Dog Treats post.
Dehydrate your dog treats to store them at room temperature.
And like those Pumpkin Dog Treats, these 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Dogs Treats are best if you completely dehydrate the dog treats to pull all the moisture out. The dehydration will allow you to store these tummy yummies at room temperature without the risk of them getting moldy. You will know that your dog treats are fully dehydrated if they break with a ‘snap’!
- 2 cups oatmeal (or a substitute grain)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup soft fruit or vegetables (cooked apple, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin or a banana)
- Preheat oven to 250°
- If using oatmeal, place it in a food processor and blend until most of the oats are ground. I left some oats whole, but you can process it as much as you want. The cookies are easier to cut if most of the oats are processed.
- If using another grain, combine the grain, peanut butter, and fruit or vegetable in a food processor and process until the dough comes together.
- Roll dough 1/4" thick, using flour if the dough is sticky.
- Cut out using a cookie cutter or cut into squares.
- Place cookies on cookie sheets and bake at 250° for 2 hours until the dog treats are completely dry and crispy.
- Once dog treats are fully dehydrated, they can be stored at room temperature. Mine sit out at room temperature for at least a month without getting moldy, but you do need to make sure to fully dehydrate them.
Avoid peanut butter with xylitol.
Looking for more dog treat recipes?
I’ve got you covered! Pumpkin (or a variety of other soft fruits or vegetables) shines in these Pumpkin Dog Treats; this post also discusses grain substitutions. If your pups love some cheese, then they will love these Cheddar Cheese Dog Treats. And these simple, one ingredient Sweet Potato Dog Chews couldn’t be easier. Or, you can head over to see all of our dog treat recipes in one place!
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