RECIPE: Blueberry and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

What’s a gal to do when she has more blueberries than she can handle? Time to make some blueberry dog treats! Get the recipe here.

RECIPE for Blueberry and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
This dog treat recipe uses oatmeal, blueberries and peanut butter. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful

One weekend a while back, my husband and I joined some friends for a quick half-hour of blueberry picking.

Even though it was only 30 minutes, between the 5 of us, we collected 13 pounds of berries. Yep, pounds.

We split up our haul, and I baked everything from blueberry pie to muffins, cookies and pancakes.

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But I still had leftovers.

So, there was only one thing to do: I finished up the last of my fresh blueberries in a new dog treat recipe for Banjo.

Blueberry and Peanut Butter Dog Treats-ingredients
First, grind the oatmeal into a flour.

Blueberry and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups oatmeal
  • ⅔ cup peanut butter (no xylitol)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
If the dough seems too runny, add a little more oatmeal.

Directions

  1. Using a food processor, grind the oatmeal until it resembles a coarse flour.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth. If the dough seems too runny, add a little more oatmeal.
  3. Press the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper and refrigerate for 20–30 minutes.
  4. While you wait, heat your oven to 350 F.
  5. Remove the dough from the fridge and, leaving it between the wax paper, roll it to ¼-inch thickness.
  6. Using a knife or cookie cutter, cut out the treats and place them on a nonstick baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12–15 minutes.
This recipe makes about 2 dozen blueberry cookies for your dog.

I really enjoy using ingredients like blueberries in Banjo’s treats because of the potential health benefits.

Blueberries contain pterostilbene, a “powerful, dog-approved antioxidant that has been shown to contain potent cancer-fighting properties in animal studies,” according to Dr. W. Jean Dodds, DVM.

Even so, you should feed your dog berries in moderation, not as a substitute for a complete and balanced diet. And be sure to brush your pet’s teeth regularly.

Aside from the healthfulness of these treats, I’m even happier that Banjo is a fan of the berries — she loves her treats and leaves no crumbs behind.

Adapted from: Delish D’Lites.

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Reference

  1. Dodds, W. Jean, DVM, and Diana R. Laverdure. Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health. Dogwise Publishing. 2014.

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Allison Gray gained a wealth of knowledge about animal welfare issues and responsible pet care during her nearly 5 years of work for an animal shelter. She is a writer, photographer, artist, runner and tattooed remedial knitter. Allison also has been researching, testing out and perfecting nutritious pet treat recipes in her kitchen for Petful since spring 2017.

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