Your pup will love these healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats. They're naturally gluten free, vegan, and perfect for allergy prone dogs! Feel good about the treats you give your dog by using simple ingredients you can trust and less than 30 minutes in the kitchen.
If you know anything about me, you know I absolutely love dogs. My family always rescued dogs for as long as I can remember. We had golden mixes, lab mixes, a hound and a great dane mix. My house was always full of dog hair and dog treats!
When I moved out, I knew I wanted to adopt my own dog - coming home to an empty place just wasn't the same. In 2020, Gabe and I adopted our first dog Liberty Bear from a wonderful rescue called For the Love of Dogs.
We later rescued Lincoln, and they are both absolutely perfect and love these vegan peanut butter dog treats. Plus, they are the perfect size to stick in my pocket when I take them for walks!
Why You'll Love These Treats
- Suitable for sensitive stomachs. The best part of baking your peanut butter dogs treats at home is that you can pack them with healthy, easy on the stomach ingredients. Many commercially made dog treats are made with low quality meats, preservatives, fillers, and other unfavorable ingredients.
- 1 bowl recipe - These vegan friendly dog treats come together in just 1 bowl in less than 10 minutes. So quick and easy!
- Cheap, easy to find ingredients. Chances are, you have everything you need to make these vegan peanut butter dog treats in your pantry right now! If not, every ingredient is easy to buy and versatile in the kitchen.
- No eggs or banana! My peanut butter oatmeal dog treats are lightly sweetened with shredded carrots and a touch of maple syrup and bound together with omega rich flax seeds. No eggs or banana needed.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Peanut butter - When making homemade peanut butter dog treats, it is important to use a natural peanut butter that is safe for dogs. Do not use any peanut butters that contain added sugars, oils, xylitol or high levels of sodium. When possible, it is always best to use a peanut butter with no added salt, but peanut butters made with low sodium can be a nice treat for pups in moderation.
- Oats - I make my peanut butter oatmeal dog treats with homemade oat flour because it makes the treat batter a nice smooth consistency. Oats are a great substitution for flour in homemade dog treats because it is nutrient dense, gluten free, and easily digested.
- Carrots - Carrots are a great vegetable to use in dog food and dog treats because it is naturally sweet, high in fiber, and full of vitamins and minerals.
- Flax seeds - In addition to the natural oils in the peanut butter, adding ground flax seeds to these vegan peanut butter dog treats is a great way to boost your dog's omegas and keep their skin and coat healthy and shiny.
- Cinnamon - Optional, but a dash of cinnamon is another great way to boost your dog's immune system with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. Cinnamon can help keep allergies away, prevent bacteria growth, and even help your dog's cognitive function.
Step by Step Instructions
- Mix together the wet ingredients. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the water, peanut butter and maple syrup. Make sure to use a peanut butter that is drippy and easily pourable. If your peanut butter is on the dry side, you may need to compensate by adding additional water for moisture.
- Add in the carrots. Whisk in the grated carrots. For the smoothest treat texture, grate the carrots finely.
- Slowly mix in the dry. Using your hands or a spatula, mix in the oat flour, baking soda, ground flax seed, pinch of salt and cinnamon if using. The batter should be thick, but easily scooped together with a spoon. If the batter is too dry and not molding together, add in 1 teaspoon of water at a time until it sticks together.
- Form into equal sized balls. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a round ball. Place on a greased baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used.
- Bake! Bake the peanut butter oatmeal dog treats for approximately 12 minutes, or until the treats are toasty and golden brown on the outside.
Yes, regular flour or wheat flour are both safe for dogs to eat. Oat flour, however is my preferred choice when making homemade dog treats because it is far more nutritionally dense and is easier on sensitive stomachs. Wheat is a common allergen in dogs, so it may not be a good choice for all dogs.
Dogs can eat plain rolled oats and steel cut oats. Instant oats and quick oats are not the best choice because they are the most processed and the nutritional value is decreased. When choosing oats to feed your dog, make sure they are plain. They should not contain any added sugars, sweeteners, or flavorings of any kind.
Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Organic Peanut Butter and Trader Joe's Salt Free Peanut Butter are both great choices. The only ingredients in the peanut butter you use in peanut butter dog treats should be peanuts and a low percentage of salt (although salt free is a better option).
Yes, salt is a necessary part of a balanced diet for dogs. With that being said, dogs require a very small amount of salt and they cannot tolerate the levels of sodium humans are accustomed to consuming. Store-bought dog foods contain enough sodium for their daily nutritional needs, so if you would like to omit the pinch of salt from these dog treats, feel free to do so.
Tips for Success
- Make your own oat flour at home! Simply blitz oats in a blender or food processor for 15 seconds until it reaches a fine, powder consistency.
- Use extra runny, drippy peanut butter. The perfect peanut butter to use in these vegan peanut butter dog treats is easily poured into a measuring cup straight from the jar. If you use a peanut butter that is dry and needs to be scooped, you are most likely going to need to add additional water to make the peanut butter dog treats moist.
- Double check your ingredients. Some peanut butters are toxic for dogs. Make sure to choose one that is good for your pup.
Vegan Treats For Pawrents to Enjoy
While you're in the kitchen, make one of these easy vegan treats for humans!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats (vegan)
- ¼ cup drippy peanut butter all natural
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 heaping tablespoons grated carrots
- 1 cup oat flour
- ½ teaspoon flax seed
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line tray with parchment paper, or lightly grease with coconut oil.
- Mix together the drippy peanut butter, water, and maple syrup until smooth.
- Add in grated carrots and mix again until combined.
- Using your hands or a spatula, slowly mix in the dry ingredients until a dough forms. It will be thick and somewhat hard to mix. If the dough seems too dry, add 1 teaspoon of water at a time until it is moldable and sticks together.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough into a round ball, then place on greased baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
- Bake for 12 minutes, or until toasty brown. Let cool completely, then store in the fridge in an airtight container for 5-7 days. Enjoy!