It has been way too long since I’ve shared a recipe for our furry friends! This recipe is similar to the other biscuit recipe I have on my blog, except the liquid is chicken broth instead of milk, and it bakes up a bit softer, even if you go the route of leaving them in the oven overnight to dry out, and perhaps it is both those reasons combined that my Jessie loves them even more than the Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits.
Full disclosure: I totally tried one of these in the soft-baked state, and I even thought it was pretty tasty! :)
Another advantage, at least for those of us with…shall we say “husky” dogs, is that there is less than half as much peanut butter in this recipe, therefore it is lower in calories. There are also more oats (more fiber) and less sweetener, which helps the calories as well. A treat that Jessie loves, and that is lower in calories than her former beloved treats is a win-win in our house.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats
Printable recipe with picture
1 cup whole wheat flour (I used WW pastry flour)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats
¼ cup wheat germ
2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder, such as Rumford
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two large cookie sheets with parchment. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, wheat germ, and baking powder. In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, peanut butter, honey, and olive oil. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture until incorporated. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes or up to an hour. This gives the flour and oats time to absorb moisture and it will become thicker and easier to work with as it stands. Roll out to ¼ inch thick on a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place treats on prepared baking sheet. You can pop the first one in the oven as you cut out shapes and place them on the second sheet. Bake cookies for 15 minutes.
If your dog prefers softer cookie-type treats, cool the treats at this point and package in airtight containers. If you want to bake them into hard biscuits, which stores better and has the added benefit of helping clean your dog’s teeth, simply turn off the oven with the cookies still inside and leave them in overnight, or until the oven is cool. If you bake them in batches, remove each tray as they finish, and let them sit on the sheet until all the batches are baked, then turn off the oven and return all baking sheets to the oven to sit overnight, or until the oven is cool.
Recipe source: Shared Sugar
So I’m trying not to use my voice right now, and Dennis is loving it. I’m recovering from the flu (yeah, that’s what I get for bragging on Friday night that I’ve never had it before…guess what I woke up with?) and my throat hurts too much to talk any more, so I am communicating mainly in gestures. He helped me choose the photos for this blog in the usual way, except that I asked him to help me with pointing and shoulder shrugging to indicate I couldn’t decide between two photos. Since I couldn’t argue vocally with his choice, I did a lot of fist-shaking and going back to the one that I preferred and he just laughed and asserted that his choice was the right one. Well, I went with the one I liked, the one right before the recipe, but I’ll let you guys decide. He like this fancier one. But I liked the former because it was easier to read and more simple. But now you get them both since I had to share our antics with you. :)
I can’t wait to bake these for my Great Dane Girl! She will so LOVE them!! Thanks for sharing!!! :) Hope your feeling better!!!
These sound great…love any homemade treats I can make for my fur-kids. I’m thinking you could make it with less honey as well (maybe 2 Tbsp max)…it shouldn’t need that much sweet for our canine companions tastebuds. I am going to try this out this weekend!
I could totally see myself making these for myself :D
I think I asked this before, can I use something in place of wheat germ? I cannot find it locally. And I want to make these for my fur-babies, I have everything but, that one ingredient. Hope you feel better soon! I like both pictures, no way am I picking one…lol! ;)
I would just use more flour or oatmeal to replace it. Shouldn’t be a problem! Thanks Suzie. :)
How sweet that you bake for your dogs! I find that especially impressive since my husband counts himself lucky if I make a cake for him once a year for his birthday (which I actually haven’t done in the past 2 years, cough cough). Yup.
Hope you are feeling better! I have a “nephew” dog that I could bake these treats for. We would love to get one but really can’t do that to our “set-in-her-ways” cat. You crack me up that you tried one! Why wouldn’t you? Ya’ gotta make sure it is suitable for your furry friend!
Our two dogs loved them! Thanks for the recipe.
Thank you so much for the feedback! Glad they loved them. :)
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I have a one year old female English Mastiff and I was told they need to have a gluten free diet. How can I make these gluten free or do you have a recipe for gluten free dog biscuits or treats. Thanks.
I think a gluten-free flour blend would work in place of the wheat flour in this recipe.
These do look tasty, thanks. Paco
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