The joy of Autumn baking is not complete until you make your furry friends these Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats. With just 5 simple ingredients, these homemade dog biscuits will have your dog’s tail wagging with delight!
How spoiled are your dogs? Probably not spoiled enough, so let’s fix that with these peanut butter oatmeal dog treats made with fresh apple, creamy peanut butter, a hint of cinnamon and rolled oats.
And of course, if you want to go over the top, drizzle some melted creamy peanut butter over the treats once they’re done baking. No dogs will be able to resist that!
Making oat flour from rolled oats
You can buy oat flour for this recipe or make your own from rolled oats. It’s super easy if you have a food processor or a high power blender.
➤ Tip: If you’re grinding your own oat flour, I recommend measuring a smidge more than what the recipe calls for so you can have extra flour for rolling. About 9 oz or 2 ½ – 2 ⅔ cups of rolled oats will yield just over 2 cups of oat flour.
How to make Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats
These easy homemade dog biscuits can be made entirely in the food processor. They require just 5 ingredients: apple, peanut butter, egg, cinnamon, and oat flour. Cinnamon is safe for dogs to eat but don’t use a spice blend like apple pie spice because it may contain nutmeg which is toxic for dogs.
- In the same food processor that you just processed your oat flour – without washing, puree the chopped apple.
- Add peanut butter and egg, and process until smooth.
- Add the oat flour and cinnamon.
- Process until a dough forms.
- Scrape the dough out of the food processor bowl onto a lightly floured countertop. Use oat flour if you have extra or just use regular flour if your dog is okay with wheat.
- Roll the dough out to about ¼” thick, and cut into shapes with cookie cutters of your choice.
- A 2” dog bone cookie cutter will yield about 30 treats while a 1 ½ square cookie cutter will yield about 48 treats.
- Bake the treats on an unlined baking sheet so they can brown. Rotate pan, flip treats halfway through baking so they can brown more evenly. Don’t forget to lower the oven temperature at this point per the recipe direction.
- If your treats are larger, bake them longer at the lower oven temperature to dry them out properly and also give them more time to brown.
- Once you turn off the oven, you can leave the treats in there with the door cracked open for a few hours, if they aren’t already too brown. This will give them more time to dry out which will help them keep for longer.
Store them in a clean jar or an airtight container. They will last about 2 weeks at room temperature, up to 2 months in the refrigerator and up to 8 months in the freezer.
I usually keep a week to 2 weeks max worth of treats in a jar in the cupboard for my dogs and store excess in the refrigerator.
Other dog treats for Fall
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Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats
- 1 small apple (about 1 cup chopped, ~4 oz or 113 g)
- ¼ cup peanut butter (60 g)
- 1 large egg
- 2 cup oat flour (~8 oz or 227 g)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Extra oat flour or regular flour for rolling
- Extra peanut butter for drizzling (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- If you’re making oat flour from rolled oats, use about 2 ½ cups of rolled oats and ground it in a food processor. This will yield just a smidge over 2 cups of oat flour, enough to use in the recipe and a bit extra for rolling.
- In the same food processor, without washing, add the chopped apple and puree. Add peanut butter and egg, and puree again until smooth.
- Add 2 cups of oat flour and the ground cinnamon, process until a dough forms.
- Flour the counter or a large cutting board, scoop the dough out of the food processor and roll to about ¼” thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Reroll the scraps and continue cutting until the dough is finished.
- Place cookies on an unlined baking sheet between ½” to 1” apart. Bake for 20 minutes. Rotate pan, flip cookies, reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake for another 20 - 30 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Optional peanut butter drizzle: melt ¼ cup of creamy peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, drizzle with a spoon over dog treats.
- Cut the treats into shapes with cookie cutters or simply slice them into squares and other geometric shapes with your knife.
- A 2” bone shape cookie cutter will yield about 30 treats, and a 1 ½” square cutter will yield about 48 treats.
- Store treats in an airtight container for up to two weeks. You can also refrigerate to keep them longer, up to 2 months. And they will last for 8 months in the freezer.
- Add peanut butter drizzle to treats you are planning to give to your dogs right away or soon. If you’re planning to pack them away in a jar, I recommend not adding the drizzle because it can get messy.
This post was originally published on 3/25/2017. The post has been updated and republished on 9/26/2020 with the latest improvements, extra tips, and process photos to help you in the kitchen.