My dog and the chickens went absolutely nuts for these treats! For the last two days, I’ve been slaving around in the kitchen to make treats for the animals. I hung up these peanut butter dog treats on the chicken’s fence and in less than five minutes, they were devoured! So needless to say they are chicken and dog-approved treats!
Over the years I’ve made plenty of dog and chicken treats. This, however, is only the second recipe I’ve shared. The first one is a homemade chicken pecking block. I plan to share the other recipes very soon.
Use What You Have On Hand
This year has been difficult for all of us. 2020 you’re a nasty year! Consequently, that’s why I’m going to give you several options for making these treats and share with you my first and second recipe!
When you combine the ingredients it’s going to make a dough. You can throw this in a cake pan and cook it for a little longer, on the other hand, you can use cookie cutters like I did. I don’t have cute little dog bone-shaped cookie cutter, nor do I want to order them. So I pulled out my holiday cookie cutter. They work just as well.
What Are The Benefits Of Peanut Butter Dog Treats?
Firstly, just like most foods for dogs, chickens, and even humans, it’s really only good in moderation! So, keep that in mind. Below are some of the wonderful benefits of peanut butter. Chickens and dogs alike need many of these vitamins and nutrients.
- Great source of protein
- Contains a healthy source of fats
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin D
- Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Pantothenic Acid
- Iron Magnesium
- The peanut butter should not contain xylitol. This can be life-threatening even in small amounts!
- It’s a good idea to make sure the peanut butter you buy doesn’t have added sugars or sugar substitutes.
- Use low-sodium peanut butter for dogs.
- Make sure your pup isn’t allergic to peanut butter
- The best peanut butter to buy is usually an all-natural version that doesn’t contain any additives like sugar, and preferably with low-sodium.
Chickens need a high protein diet. However, they do not need foods that are high in sodium, sugar, or fat. Peanut butter is fatty, however, it contains the “better” kind of fats. Conversely, chickens eating a moderate amount of peanut butter is okay…
Only if the peanut butter doesn’t have added sugar and is preferably low-sodium.
Basically, I suggest using the same kind of peanut butter for a dog as well as chickens. Learn more about what do chickens eat and what they shouldn’t!
Peanut Butter Dog Treats and Chicken Treats
Before you read this recipe, I want to remind you I used what I had on hand. I had self-rising flour, and all-purpose flour. I think whole wheat flour might be better for the animals however, it’s 2020 and I’m using what I have on hand!
Even so, I’m not going to the store just for some flour! So, use what you have and adapt the recipe as needed.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup low-sodium peanut butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce or pumpkin puree
- 3 eggs
- 2 tbsp molasses
- non-stick cooking oil
- Preheat the oven at 350ºF
- Add all of the ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Combine them until a dough forms.
- Grease a couple of baking sheets with non-stick cooking oil.
- Also, spray the rolling pin with cooking oil.
- Sprinkle your working space with flour.
- Then, place the dough on the surface.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/4-1/2 thickness. Depending on the kind of dough you use. Self-rising dough 1/4 for instance.
- Cut shapes in the dough using cookie cutters.
- Using a metal or plastic straw, cut a hole or two in the treats if they are for chickens, so you can hang them up later.
- Place the cut dough on the baking sheet.
- Cook on 350ºF for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool.
- Serve to your pups and chickens!
- Freeze leftovers.
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Nutrition InformationYield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 189Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 28mgSodium 74mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 6g
For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.
My first recipe was made with self-rising flour. I kinda fudged it up. I think I might have left out the oats? When it was done I couldn’t see any oats, and dang if I’m not absent-minded most of the time (mother of 3 teen boys here, give me a break! 🙂 )
For one thing, I mixed up the ingredients and it did not form a dough. It was evidently way too wet and did not form a dough. So I added flour until I got a dough. I surely, wanted these dog treats to have more peanut butter in them. So that’s why I did the second batch.
Altogether, the first batch turned out fine. In addition, these were actually softer and definitely had a better texture. I tell you this the dog certainly loved them!
Here are the ingredients.
- 5 cups self-rising flour
- 1 cup oats?
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 15oz pumpkin puree (I only had one can, I only used applesauce in the second recipe because that’s all I had).
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1/2 cup applesauce
Bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes
You can freeze any leftovers to keep them for longer.
If you want to hand to treats in the coop like I did. Grab some twine. Thread one of the peanut butter dog treats (and chickens) through the little hole. Position it where you’d like it to be on the twine. Then make a knot on both sides, so It can’t move. If you don’t make knots (I learned from experience) they will bunch up and you won’t be able to see them.
It’s not a big ordeal unless you want to take pictures of them like I did!
Repeat that step over and over until you have a string full. Then tie the ends onto the fencing and let the girls have at it!
More Chicken Treat Recipes
Homemade Suet Cakes – winter (coming soon)
Frozen Treats For Chickens – summer (coming soon)
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