Yesterday we celebrated Katie’s 9th birthday with these Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats! I like to call them PB&J Dog Treats, but I confess—they don’t contain any jelly (that’s a good thing, btw). But when I was making these dog treats they smelled EXACTLY like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, hence the name!
Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats Your Puppy Will Love!
Made with oatmeal, peanut butter, blueberries, applesauce, and a little salt, these homemade peanut butter dog treats are amazing. And boy, does Katie love them! It was hard to get her to stay put for this photo, but in general, she’s a pretty well-behaved dog—especially for a treat!
My Recipe Was So Popular I Decided to Make it for Dogs Everywhere!
Made with only the finest organic, human grade ingredients like specially-selected oats, sun-ripened fruit, and creamy peanut butter, Yitto Paws Granola Bites are as delicious as they are nutritious!
Other Homemade Dog Treat Ideas
Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know how crazy we are about Katie. I like to call her “a big part of our little family.” So about 3 times a year I whip up some sort of homemade treat—typically to celebrate her birthday, adoption day, or the holidays. So far that has created a nice little line-up of treat ideas for dogs. If you’re interested, here’s a quick list:
- Peanut Butter Whole Wheat Dog Treats
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Dog Treats
- Sweet Potato Jerky Dog Treats
- Frosty Fun Frozen Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- Blueberry Banana Frozen Dog Treats
I’m sure we’ll keep adding to the list and experimenting, but that’s a pretty darned good list so far! 🙂
My Recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats with Blueberries!
This recipe is super easy to make and contains only healthy, real ingredients that are safe for your furry friend. Although you can roll out these treats and cut them into different shaped biscuits, I chose to make them into “thumbprint” cookies like you might make with jam.
Also, I made the treats nice and small since Katie is only 19 pounds, and we want her to stay healthy and fit. Depending on the size of your dog, you may want to increase the size of the treats.
Finally, to help visualize the recipe’s instructions, I inserted a quick, “how to” picture at the bottom of this post. As they say, a picture (or 2 or 3) is worth a thousand words!
We hope you enjoy making these Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats with Blueberries as much as we did. And we can promise you, your dog is going to love them!
Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats with Blueberries
- 6 cups rolled oats regular or quick
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup applesauce
- 6 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
- For best results, use a food processor with a sharp mixing blade. Add rolled oats into food processor bowl and pulse for 10 - 20 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until completely blended.
- Scoop out large handfuls of dough and roll into small logs. Then break off small pieces of dough and roll between your hands and place on prepared cookie sheets. Then using your thumb, press the dough ball to create thumbprint treats.
- Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until the treats start to brown on the edges. Cook and store in an airtight container for several months.
Kitchen Resources and Tips for Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats with Blueberries:
- I love my Cuisinart Food Processor. It makes it super easy to whip up a batch of dog treats!
- A high-quality baking sheet is indispensable in the kitchen. Here’s one from NordicWare that’s similar to what I use.
- These Homemade Peanut Butter dog treats make wonderful gifts. Just fill up a pint-size mason jar with them, add a bow or some ribbon, and your friends and their dogs will love you forever!
Quick, How-To Instructions for Making These Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats:
As promised, here’s a quick, visual guide for making these dog treats. I promise, they’re super easy to make!
Should I thaw the blueberries first and drain if I am going to use frozen? Think my grand furbabiew would love these!
I thaw the blueberries and drain them before using.
Unfortunately my food processor wasn’t quite large enough to do the trick and wow that’s a whole lotta oats! So I had to use my hands to mix. Mine definitely is not as dark as what yours appears to be. However, the kitchen smells great so I’ve got my fingers crossed they turn out! IF I decide to do this recipe again, definitely going to cut it in half. Well, Lucy my boxer, ate them, but she wasn’t crazy, crazy about them. Hubby came in and first thing he said, “Yay somebody’s baking”. I will try again, cut it in half and probably add more blueberries.
Hi Cindy! Thanks for your comment. Unless you have a smaller sized food processor, I’m not sure why all the ingredients wouldn’t fit–standard sized food processor will be full, but not over capacity. Perhaps you measured out too much oats? That might also explain why Lucy didn’t love them. Another option would be increasing the peanut butter since that’s one of the main ingredients in these treats that dogs LOVE!
Thanks again for visiting my blog and trying this recipe!
My food processor is pretty big too but I cut the recipe in half and it fit with a small amount of room to spare. 6 cups of oats probably wouldn’t have fit in my Vitamix either.
The dogs like it. I love that it has so few ingredients! I baked for 17 minutes on 350. I ended up crushing them up in a small bowl because my dogs are small and I made them a little larger than I should have.
Thanks for the recipe! I always appreciate instructional photos.
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I’m sorry, but I don’t permit the publication of full recipes including photos, recipe and instructions. If you would like to share a link with a photo and recipe description/blurb, we can discuss that option. Thanks, Bruce
These treats are amazing! My furry friend loves them, but we only give him 1-2 a day. Definitely try this recipe! Smells like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches baking!
We’re moving so my food processor is already packed. What I still have on the counter is a single serve fruit smoothie blender. I just did an oat whirl x 3 and had a great oat flour for my cookies! I also blended my frozen strawberries, bananas and lots of blueberries with a little water. The bananas and strawberries took the place of applesauce, since I’m out.
Then the peanut butter held it all together! What I don’t add is the salt. Salt is not good for dogs and mine are used to me cooking with no salt anyway.
Oh My! They smell so good in the oven! Don’t kid yourself on this….I have been known to steal a cookie or two from my fur daughters! LOL Why not? They’re made with wholesome ingredients that we eat ourselves! They think they are getting Mommy’s treats instead of the other way around! Haha!
I bake all the time for the girls, rather than buy store bought. I got a horrible scare the last time dog food was killing pets because of melamine. I cook everything for them. If I won’t eat it, they won’t get it either!
Our last batch was peaches and cranberries. I can’t keep them long enough for them to go bad! 😀
This recipe sounds lovely and I would love to try it out for our 6 month old pup. However, I was wondering if I could substitute the rolled Oats for Oats flour or steel cut oats and if so, how many cups of flour should I use.
Thanks so much for your comment / question!
You can substitute oat flour for the rolled oats on a 1 for 1 basis. While I’ve never tried using steel cut oats, I image they would work if you use your food processor and pulse them into a finer, flour-like texture first.
Hope to see you on our site again soon!
I just made these and man does it make a lot of treats! It took me 5 hours to form and cook 2 giant sheets and even then I still had mix left over and I just threw it away. The first batch I think I had over cooked a but but my second batch was cooked right. Some pieces were not totally crispy but if I cooked it longer i would have burnt most of them.
I did not have a food processor so I used a blender. I first blended all of the oats and then put them in a different bowl and blended the blueberries. I had frozen ones and they wouldn’t blend well so I mixed the rest of the ingredients in the blender which worked pretty well then I just put the mix in with the oats and had to use my hands to mix it. It was hard with a mixing spoon. My dog wasn’t super excited about it but it was something new so she kept wanting more. I might make them again but we will see.
Thanks for visiting my blog and trying my dog treat recipe. I can’t imagine trying to make this recipe without a food processor, but kudos to you for figuring out a way!
I hope you dog ended up enjoying the treats. Unfortunately, many of the treats in stores have tons of salt and / or sugar in them. And just like people, dogs get accustomed to those addictive sweet and salty tastes. So, if your dog has been eating some of the not-as-good-for-you store-bought treats, it may take her a while to adjust.
Thanks again for trying my recipe!
Thanks for this dog treat recipe my dog Love’s them I made half a recipe and even tried one myself but have to say I can be quite a messy cook. So much better than buying treats though. Thanks again. ?
Thanks for the dog recipe she loves the treats and I even tried one much better than buying in the store and we have a blueberry bush so I have lottsa berries. Really enjoyed this… ?
Hi Brenda! Sorry for my slow reply. So glad you (and your dog) love this recipe. Katie (my dog) absolutely love them too! I wish we had a blueberry bush in our yard to make these, though. Jealous!
Can I freeze these treats for longer term storage?
Yes, you can … but if they’re baked thoroughly and stored in a dry place in a sealed bag, I’ve found they can last for a year or so.
Hi i was about to make these but my pomeranians had dental surgery so im wondering if these are chewy at all for them to eat ?
The treats are designed to be crunchy for them to last a long time without refrigeration. That said, if you don’t cook them as much, they can be soft. If you choose to do this, I’d definitely freeze the treats and take out what you need for the next day or so.
If you have any other questions, just let me know.
How many of these treats can I give my dog per day?
It all depends on the size of your dog.
This recipe has been so popular that I’m actually in the process of launching a line of treats based on this simple recipe. Here’s a link to the packaging for this new line of dog treats (called Yitto Paws). On the reverse side of the packaging are the serving size recommendations:
If you’re interested, we’re going to start selling these treats online in mid to late January 2019 at http://www.yittopaws.com.
Thanks for visiting my blog and for your question!
Since there is an egg in them, I would like they can’t be stored for as long as you suggest
Margie and Miriam: I’ve made these treats MANY times for my pup, Katie. As long as you back the moisture out of the treats so that they are very dry, they will last for over a year (when stored properly in a dry, air-tight container.
Also, this recipe has been SO POPULAR (or should I say pup-ular) that I’m now selling them online at http://www.yittopaws.com.
I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and my 2 fur babies LOVE them! I have a very prissy, petite, finicky female Boxer and she usually turns her nose up to other homemade treats. I have a 100+ lb Pit/Lab mix that has allergies and a sensitive stomach so I don’t like feeding him store bought treats because they contain too many potentially harmful ingredients. I have been making these for a year now and other than me not baking them long enough the first time and they got moldy, I’ve had no issues with my dogs eating them. I love knowing exactly what I’m feeding my fur babies and that they enjoy them. Thank you for your generosity in sharing this recipe.
Thank you so much for your kind words. This recipe has actually been the most popular one I’ve ever posted with over 40,000 likes/shares. In fact, it’s so popular that I’m launching a line of dog treats inspired by the recipe. The only difference will be that I’ve removed the egg from the recipe (since some dogs are allergic to eggs) and replaced it with more fruit.
If you’re interested in buying these wonderful, simple, healthy treats, you can visit our site at http://www.yittopaws.com. Until January 2019 it will feature just a “coming soon” page with packages of the treats — but hopefully, by late January 2019, we will be selling them online. And of course — I’d love it if you tell any and all of your friends about our line of treats called Yitto Paws!
Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts on this recipe!
Do you have the nutritional facts for this recipe?
Sorry, it’s taken so long for me to reply. But there may be a silver lining. What’s kept me from blogging the past couple of years has been launching a new product based on this recipe. You can check them out at yittopaws.com. Inspired by this recipe, Yitto Paws are organic, human grade dog treats made from 6 simple ingredients or less.
With regards to your question about nutrition facts, while I don’t have them for this recipe, I do have them for our Yitto Paws treats. One thing to note, I adjusted the recipe slightly to replace eggs with more apples since there are some dogs who are allergic to eggs. The nutrition facts for this revised recipe can be found here: https://www.yittopaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/yitto-paws-blueberry-granola-bites-organic-dog-treats-nutrition-information.jpg
Thanks for visiting my website!
Hi Bruce! Love the idea of this recipe! I’m giving you 5 stars based on just reading it! ? I’m definitely making these for my PomChi, Rooby. Have you tried using liquid eggs instead of regular? I’d like to reduce the cholesterol a bit.
Hi Dianna. Sorry for being so slow to reply. I’ve been working on a big update to my website that I just rolled out.
Yes, you can use liquid eggs. But, if you’d like, you can totally replace the eggs with applesauce using about 1/4 cup applesauce for each egg. In fact, this recipe has been SO POPULAR that I’m now selling these treats online at yittopaws.com. For these treats, we’ve removed the eggs (since a decent number of doggos are allergic). Our Yitto Paws Granola Bites (that’s what we named them) are made from 6 simple ingredients or less PLUS they’re made from 100% organic, human grade ingredients.
Thanks for your comment and interest in this recipe!
Love this recipe and so do my little guys!
Thanks for sharing, Victoria! This recipe has been so popular and loved by dogs and their parents everywhere, I’m now selling them online at http://www.yittopaws.com.
I love this recipe but I’m wondering if I did something wrong? I got no color to my treats at all. Dog still loves them either way!
Hi Kierstyn! I’m so glad you (and your pup) loved this recipe!
No, you didn’t do anything wrong. What makes the treats more of a purple color is when you use wild blueberries. I can find wild, organic blueberries at Trader Joe’s and some local coops.
Hope this helps! And if you’re interested in buying these treats, I’ve launched them in 3 flavors: strawberry, blueberry, and peach! You can check them out at http://www.yittopaws.com.
Just made these and my boy Kenny loves them! I baked one of the logs that I made and froze about 5 more logs to make later when he finishes these up. Definitely will be making his treats homemade from now on since I felt so good about knowing that I was using the best natural organic ingredients that are all good for him.
I love to make dogs happy! Thanks so much for sharing your comment.
Just so you know — this recipe has been so “pup-ular” that I decided to share it with everyone. I launched Yitto Paws several months ago, and the treats come in 3 flavors: strawberry, blueberry, and peach. You can check it out here if you’re interested. Cheers! Bruce
I would like to know HOW in the world you made this recipe w/o more liquid to hold it together? I followed your exact recipe (used fresh blueberries) and did use my large Cuisinart food processor but it barely mixed all the ingredients. it was extremely DRY from 6C of oats. I added about 1/4 cup of water and some more blueberries. Still too dry. I added a bit more water and then it was too sticky! And how did you get your dough to be so blue? Mine didn’t come out anywhere near that blue. Needless to say, it not a rollable dough and very painstaking to make the dough “blobs” by hand. I would like to see a video of how you actually did this. There was also an “off” sour smell while they were baking. What could have caused it? My dog did like the treat –such as they were, but this recipe was not what I was hoping it would be. Any pointers would be appreciated. Clearly I missed something…
I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work for you — although I honestly don’t know why. I’ve made this recipe over 100 times … and never a problem. My only guess is that you forgot to add a wet ingredient (applesauce, eggs, or blueberries), or you added too much oats.
Also, the dough shouldn’t have a sour smell. It smells mostly like peanut butter as a dough, and then literally smells like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when it’s baking.
In some dryer climates, the oats will have a very low level of moisture in them, so adding a little water or more applesauce is cool to get the dough to form a ball. All that said, the dough is a sticky dough, so refrigerating it can also help it handle a little bit easier.
If you have any other questions, just let me know.
I would like to share this with anyone who is looking for a great treat for their dog. I have been making these treats for the last 2 or 3 years for my dog. She loves them and I can honesty said they are great for their teeth. Our Vet approved them to keep our dog teeth strong and clean. Plus we feed her Taste Of The Wild dog food and give her pig ears. You really need to make these for your pet. Sometimes I will add 1/2 cup of pumpkin to the recipe for her digestive system.
Thanks, Nancy! I appreciate your rave review!
If you have some friends who love their dog but aren’t really into making their dog’s treats from scratch, I create a line of organic, human grade dog treats based on this recipe. You can find the details at http://www.yittopaws.com.
Thanks again for your review and for visiting my blog!
Great recipe! Turned out perfect. I 0nly made a half batch though due to the size of my food processor.
So glad you and your pup loved the blueberry dog treats. This recipe has been my most popular blog post! In fact, so many people and their dogs have loved these treats that I launched I started selling them at http://www.yittopaws.com. They’re human grade, organic, and made from the best, simplest ingredients on earth! So if you ever don’t have the time to make this recipe, there’s still a great way to treat your dog with the best!