Oatmeal applesauce dog treats are an easy way to spoil your dog. Made with just 3 ingredients, dog treats with rolled oats are a healthy and inexpensive alternative to store-bought treats.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Quick & Easy – Ready from start to finish in about 35 minutes.
- Inexpensive – These applesauce dog treats cost a fraction of what you would pay for store-bought.
- Make ahead – You can make the dough ahead of time and bake the next day. You can also bake these treats and store them in the fridge or freezer.
Applesauce dog treats
These 3 ingredient dog treats make about 90 treats in a full batch. If you only have one dog, you can cut the recipe in half or you can freeze half of them.
Making dog treats at home is simple, like these banana pumpkin dog treats. You can customize treats to fit your dog’s needs and preferences, which is really helpful if your dog has allergies or dietary restrictions.
You’ll need 3 basic pantry ingredients to make these easy dog biscuits.
- Applesauce – When you are buying applesauce for these treats, make sure it is plain (unflavored) applesauce with no added sugar. Check the label to make sure the only ingredients listed are apples, water and vitamin C.
- Oats – I use old-fashioned oats. You can use quick-cooking if that’s what you have.
- Eggs – This binds the treats together so they hold their shape.
How to make dog treats with rolled oats
- The first step in this easy recipe is to grind the oatmeal in the food processor. As you can see in the photo, I didn’t grind it to a complete powder. I left a few whole pieces of oat to give it some texture.
- Once you’ve ground the oats, it’s time to add the eggs and the applesauce.
- Turn the food processor on and let it run for a couple of minutes until your dough looks uniform.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to 1/8″ thick. Cut out with small cookie cutters.
Fair warning – the dough will be sticky. If you want to roll it out and cut cute bone shapes, you’ll need to flour the countertop or cutting board first. You can also grind extra oats to use as your flour.
To make these easy applesauce dog treats even easier, scoop them like a drop cookie.
Dog treat FAQ’s
If properly stored, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 weeks.
If you live in a cooler, less humid climate, you can store these treats in a cute dog treat jar on the counter for a couple of days. Because I live in a warmer, humid climate, I store them in the refrigerator.
You can also freeze them and take out a few at a time, which is what I do most of the time.
Yes. I use old-fashioned oats, but you can use a quick cooking variety if that’s what you have. You cannot use steel-cut oats, as those are entirely different.
I tested this dog cookie recipe on a handful of dogs and got the thumbs up (paw up?) from each one of them. I also tasted them myself and they aren’t half bad.
Plus, knowing what is in their treats because you made them yourself takes away any concerns of wondering what exactly is in their food or worrying about a recall.
Variations and substitutions
If you don’t want to roll out the treats, use a small cookie scoop. Then flatten the tops with a fork. The good news is this – your dog does not care if the treats are cute bone shapes or not. Your dog just wants a cookie.
I tend to give homemade treats to friends and neighbors who have dogs, so I always make the full batch. As I mentioned, they freeze really well, so you can make them ahead of time if you are planning to gift them.
Helpful tools and equipment
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- 5 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup plain, no sugar added applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F // 177°C // Gas mark 4.
- In the bowl of a food processor, add oats and grind until almost a fine powder.
- Add eggs and applesauce. Run food processor for a couple of minutes until mixture is uniform.
- Scoop treats using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, then flatten into a disc with a fork, or, remove dough from bowl of food processor onto a floured surface.
- Using a floured rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/8" thick and cut out shapes.
- Bake treats for 18 - 20 minutes, cool completely on baking sheet before storing or giving to your dog.
For EXTRA crunchy treats, increase bake time to 25 - 30 minutes.
You can use store-bought oat flour if you prefer not to grind oats.
Substitute rolled oats with quick-cooking if that is what you have.
Because homemade treats do not contain additives, they are not shelf-stable like store-bought treats. They will eventually mold, as with any baked good. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months.
You can substitute eggs with chia or hemps seed egg. Mix 2 tbsp. seeds with 6 tbsp. water and let it gel for about 5 minutes before adding to the food processor.
Remember, these treats are for your dogs palate, not yours. Dogs do not taste things in the same way that humans do. However, their sense of smell more than makes up for it.
I used a small, 2 inch cookie cutter for my treats, If you use a smaller or larger cookie cutter, the yield will vary slightly.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
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