You’ll notice that this recipe calls for 3 simple ingredients; oats, peanut butter, and soft fruit or vegetables. You can use leftover pumpkin (but not pumpkin pie filling), apples that are a little wrinkly pureed into sauce, or any soft fruit or vegetable with the exception of avocado, onions, mushrooms, garlic, rhubarb, grapes, and raisins which are harmful to dogs and cats.
Consider doubling the recipe to make a big batch to give as treat gifts for friends with dogs.
- 2 cups oatmeal (or a substitute grain)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup soft fruit or vegetables (cooked apple, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, or a banana)
- Preheat oven to 250°
- If using oatmeal, place it in a food processor and blend until most of the oats are ground. I left some oats whole, but you can process it as much as you want. The cookies are easier to cut if most of the oats are processed.
- If using another grain, combine the grain, peanut butter, and fruit or vegetable in a food processor and process until the dough comes together.
- Roll dough 1/4" thick, using flour if the dough is sticky.
- Cut out using a cookie cutter or cut into squares.
- Place cookies on cookie sheets and bake at 250° for 2 hours until the dog treats are completely dry and crispy.
- Once dog treats are fully dehydrated, they can be stored at room temperature. Mine sit out at room temperature for a couple of months.
Credit: Nourish and Nestle