These peanut butter training treats for dogs are quick and easy to make, plus they are less expensive than store bought varieties. Made with only 4 ingredients, these homemade training treats are ready in about 30 minutes.
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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Dog training treats with peanut butter
Making homemade dog treats is a great way to spoil your pup, and using them when training is a terrific idea. If your dog loves peanut butter, they are going to love these treats.
Training treats are meant to be given frequently while teaching dogs. They are used as a reward to reinforce good behavior or obedience. While training your pup, they will have quite a few of them, therefore they should be smaller than their regular treats.
These 4 ingredient training treats are simple to make, and use common ingredients found in your kitchen.
- Peanut butter – Read the label to make sure it does not contain xylitol.
- Oat flour – This is simply ground up oats, I’ll tell you how below.
- Applesauce – Make sure it is no sugar added.
- Water or broth – You can use plain water, chicken or beef broth. My dog was very sensitive to store-bought broth that contained onions (which are a big no-no for dogs), so I avoided it.
How to make peanut butter training treats
Making these training treats is so easy, and it’s a great way to get little hands involved. Below is a list of helpful equipment that you’ll need before you get started.
Helpful tools and equipment:
- Medium mixing bowl
- Sturdy rubber spatula or spoon
- Rolling pin or dowel
- Pizza cutter
- A ruler, if you (like me) are not great at making straight lines
- Sheet pan
- Parchment paper sheets
- Add ground oats / oat flour, peanut butter, applesauce and broth to a medium mixing bowl.
- Using a sturdy rubber spatula or spoon, mix until it looks uniform. It is a stiff dough, so you’ll need a sturdy tool to mix.
- Roll the dough out to a rough rectangle. I like to roll it out between sheets of parchment paper to avoid sticking and having to use flour.
- Cut the treats into squares. I use a pizza cutter for this – it makes quick work of it and it’s easier than a knife.
- Space the peanut butter treats out on one sheet of the parchment paper you used to roll the treats. Place the parchment on the sheet pan and bake! (I flip the sheet pan and bake on the bottom – if you do this, just make sure you have steady hands so you don’t dump the treats! Ask me how I know this.)
To avoid any waste, I use the edges and scraps to piece together rough squares. By doing this, you use every bit of your dough and don’t waste anything.
How to make oat flour
If you are buying oat flour, you can stop now. Making oat flour is so easy! Add rolled oats to a food processor or a powerful, high speed blender, and let it run for about 30 seconds until the oats are ground into a fine powder.
You can swap out the applesauce for canned pumpkin purée (not pie filling), if your dog likes pumpkin. If you are out of oats, you can use flour to make these peanut butter training treats.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! Just make sure that your peanut butter does not contain xylitol.
I store them in the refrigerator for about a week. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.
Because homemade treats do not contain preservatives, they will spoil. The best place to store them is in the refrigerator or freezer, for extended periods. I live in a warm, humid climate, so proper storage is a must for me.
Absolutely. Small quantities of oats are great for dogs.
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- 2 cups oat flour // ground oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (does not contain xylitol)
- 1/4 cup applesauce (no sugar added)
- 1/4 cup chicken or beef broth
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C
- Add ground oats/oat flour, peanut butter, applesauce and broth to a medium mixing bowl.
- Using a sturdy rubber spatula or spoon, stir until mixture looks uniform. (It is a stiff dough, so you'll need a sturdy tool to mix)
- Roll the dough out to a rough rectangle. (I like to roll it out between sheets of parchment paper to avoid sticking and having to use flour)
- Cut the treats into one inch squares. (About the size of a cheez-it cracker. I use a pizza cutter for this - it makes quick work of it and it's easier than a knife)
- Combine edge pieces and smoosh together to make one inch squares to avoid any waste.
- Space the peanut butter treats out on one sheet of the parchment paper you used to roll the treats. Place the parchment on the sheet pan and bake for 14 - 16 minutes.
- Cool completely before feeding to your dog.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
These 1" treats are the perfect size for larger dogs. If you have a medium-sized dog, consider cutting them in half. For a small dog, cut them into quarters.
Remember - your dog is training and will need a steady supply of treats, so they should be small to avoid over feeding.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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