Commercial dog treats have gotten a bad reputation in recent years. New light is being shed on the ingredients of these treats. Many commercial products are full of artificial ingredients and fillers that provide no nutritional value whatsoever. Unfortunately, some commercial dog treats have even been found to make animals sick.
I make my own dog treats for a number of reasons, but the first is because I know that they will be safe and provide my dogs with the nutrition that they need. I like having the option of using superfood ingredients that are packed with the vitamins and minerals a canine’s body requires.
Peanut butter is a favorite flavor for many dogs. Not only is peanut butter a great source of protein, it also has Vitamin B and E, niacin, heart healthy fats and many other nutrients that your dog’s body needs. These molasses and peanut butter dog treats offer an easy way to include this superfood in your pup’s diet.
Molasses and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Molasses contain a lot of sugar, so it’s not an ingredient that should be used in excess. These dog treats are a great way to get some of the benefits of molasses without overloading your dog with sugar. Molasses are rich in potassium, iron, B vitamins and beneficial antioxidants.
Recipe: Molasses and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
This molasses and peanut butter dog treat recipe is a limited ingredient recipe. With just six ingredients, it’s an excellent option for pets with food allergies or sensitive stomachs. You can also choose natural, organic ingredients to ensure that you make this recipe as healthy as possible.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 20 treats 1x
- Category: Biscuit Treats
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Dog Treats
- 4 tbsp. molasses
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup water
- 6 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1.5 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat your oven to 350˚F.
Whisk together the molasses, peanut butter, water and vegetable oil. Add the oats and flour and mix thoroughly.
As you’ll see in my video guide above, I use a well greased mini muffin tin to bake these treats. You could also drop spoonfuls of the dough onto a well greased baking sheet and press the cookies down with a fork. No matter what shape you make them, bake the treats for about 25-30 minutes or until they’re firm.
- Serving Size: 1 treat
- Calories: 166
- Sugar: 3.3 g
- Sodium: 35 mg
- Fat: 8.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 18.9 g
- Fiber: 2.7 g
- Protein: 4.7 g
How to store: Store leftover treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 12-14 days. Remember that homemade treats do not have the preservatives that store bought products do. They will not last as long. If you’d like, you can freeze these treats in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
For More Information
We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips and advice, see our “Recipes” section. If you’re new to home cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.
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