DIY No-Bake Dog Treats Your Dog Will Beg For
The easiest way to make homemade dog treats? Skip the baking! Rather than mixing together everything under the kitchen sink – or worse – opting for an expensive bag of store-bought snacks, try these DIY no-bake dog treats. Plus, they contain an ingredient most dogs love – peanut butter!
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How to Make DIY No-Bake Dog Treats
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup of unsalted peanut butter (be sure it contains no xylitol)
- ½ cup of plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 2 cups old-fashioned, rolled oats
- Metal or ceramic mixing bowl
- Large spoon ice cream scoop
- Baking tray lined with parchment paper
- Plastic or rubber gloves
- Zip-lock bags for storage
1) Cover the oats in water and lightly steam them in the microwave for a few minutes until soft (raw oatmeal is harder for a dog to digest).
2) Scoop the Greek yogurt into the mixing bowl.
3) Use the spoon to mix the peanut butter and yogurt together until it forms a thick paste.
4) Spoon the oats slowly into the yogurt/peanut butter paste as you stir. The oats should be evenly distributed throughout the paste.
5) Load the oat-filled paste onto a spoon or scoop.
6) Place bite-sized portions onto the parchment paper.
7) Use a gloved hand to gently shape the scoops if you wish.
8) Place the dog treats in the refrigerator for a few hours until firm and ready to eat.
9) Once firm, place them into a Zip-lock bag for storage in the refrigerator.
10) With refrigeration, the treats should last for at least seven days.
What Are the Health Benefits of These DIY Dog Treats?
The ingredients used to make these DIY no-bake dog treats are dog-pleasing and nutritious. Although you can use regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is higher in protein. Another good protein source in these treats is Peanut butter, providing amino acids in to help support healthy muscles and a strong immune system, which are both vital for all dog breeds.
In addition, Greek yogurt contains natural probiotics, live bacteria that support gut health. The fact that these dog treats aren’t heated helps preserve the healthy bacteria, as high temperatures destroy probiotics. How about oats? Oats contain beta-glucan, a compound that helps maintain a healthy immune system. Oatmeal is also an excellent source of fiber and B-vitamins.
Additional Tips and Considerations
Some dogs develop lactose intolerance and may have problems tolerating dairy. Dogs that are lactose intolerant may develop gas, diarrhea, or vomiting after eating dairy products, including yogurt. If that’s the case, talk to your veterinarian. Your vet may recommend that your dog avoid all dairy products.
Veterinarians say peanut butter is safe and nutritious for dogs in moderation, but always read the label and ensure that xylitol is not on the ingredient list. Some peanut butter uses this as a sweetener in place of sugar. Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs – even a small amount can be fatal to a healthy dog. Look for xylitol in other products as well, and avoid it for your four-legged friends.
Give these treats to your dog in moderation since they’re high in fiber, which can be harder to dogs to digest (especially if they’re not used to it).
After you try out these DIY No-Bake Dog Treats, test out our other recipes:
- Quick and Simple Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats
- Sweet Potato Chews
- Fruity, Frozen Dog Treats
- Pumpkin Pie Dog Cookies