I’m always on the lookout for simple chilled dog treat recipes I can try out in the summer, and this one really caught my eye.
Not only is it simple to make (and offers easy cleanup afterward), but there are also a lot of opportunities to make adorable shapes with the silicone mold.
This recipe originally called for peanut butter. But Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, who reviewed this recipe for Petful, says, “I do not like to use peanut butter when making food or treats for dogs. Peanuts (a legume) are commonly affected by aflatoxins, a toxin produced by molds.”
“Not to mention the xylitol risk with peanut butter,” Dr. Morgan adds. “Almond butter is a much better substitute.”
Nut Butter Chilled Dog Treats
- 1 cup almond butter with no added salt or sugar
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Melt the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly.
- Allow it to cool slightly. Then pour into silicone ice cube molds.
- Place the molds into the refrigerator for a few hours, until solid.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Since I don’t have any fun silicone ice cube molds, I decided to use some silicone cupcake liners instead and filled each about ⅓ to ½ full.
After they’d set, the treats looked like caramel-colored Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
According to 12Tomatoes, coconut oil “improves overall skin and coat health” in dogs and also has “been linked to preventing diabetes and heart disease.”
This recipe makes about 2–3 dozen chilled dog treats.
Adapted from 12Tomatoes.