DIY Dog Treats
So, there’s this guy we know. He’s sweet and cuddly and loyal, and he never, ever gets mad (well, ok, he never, ever stays mad for more than a few minutes at a time). He’s fiercely protective, he’s always up for a good time, and he gives great — albeit sometimes sloppy — kisses.
He’s big and brown and furry, and his name’s Fletcher.
And he’s a keeper.
Because he’s as much a part of the family as anyone, we try to make sure we don’t leave him out when the rest of us get some fun treats. So when we were at Target the other day, we decided to get a few things to whip him up some yummy, healthy no-bake DIY frozen dog treats.
And when we say “a few”, we mean it; these treats have just 3 ingredients: natural peanut butter, coconut oil and oatmeal. That’s it.
They pretty much couldn’t be easier to make. You just toss everything right into the food processor, blend it up and pour it into some silicone molds. We used this super cute little paw print mold we already had, but you could always use a plain ol’ ice cube tray too. Once they harden completely, usually in 30-45 minutes or so, pop them out of the molds and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet to freeze completely. After they’re totally frozen, you can store them in a zip-top freezer bag or freezer container.
Coconut oil is such a popular ingredient for people right now, but until we did some research, we didn’t realize that it can have some significant benefits for dogs too! It can help with skin allergies, digestive problems and cognitive disorders, as well as increase energy levels. That being said, too much of anything isn’t a good thing, so if your dog hasn’t had coconut oil before, it’s a good idea to start slow — with around 1/4 to one full tsp a day, depending on the size of your dog.
These treats have just a 1/2 cup of coconut oil in the entire batch, and using the mold that we did, which make treats that are about 1.5″ x 1.25″, we got about 48 treats. There are 24 teaspoons in 1/2 cup, so each of these treats contains about 1/2 tsp of coconut oil. (No more math, we promise!) If you have a smaller dog and you’re concerned about the amount of coconut oil in each treat, you could always use a smaller mold that will yield you more treats in a batch!
Fletcher’s a big boy — around 95 pounds — so we’ve been giving him one treat a day and he hasn’t had any problems at all. He absolutely loves them.
Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Spoon or pour into silicone molds (or ice cube trays) and freeze for at least 45 minutes. Pop out of mold and place on parchment-lined baking tray. Freeze for several hours or overnight. Store in freezer in zip-top bag or freezer container.