Dog treats are available in it seems like every store these days. They are super easy to find and come in loads of different flavors, but have you ever stopped to look at what is actually in them? Not only do they have chemicals and preservatives in them that hard to pronounce, but often times we don’t even know what the ingredients are. Today, we are learning more about why it’s so important to learn what we put into our bodies. Shouldn’t we take care of our companion animals’ bodies just like we would our own?
Whether you are looking for a tasty, summer treat to give your dogs or they have food allergies and cannot have store bought treats, coconut peanut butter bombs are a fantastic, natural treat for them. The coconut oil is super good for their skin and they will love the peanut butter taste, making it lip smacking good! Not only does the recipe only have three ingredients, but there isn’t any baking required whatsoever! Check out the following recipe, give them a shot and make sure to email me your experience, as well as inquire about tips on how you can make more limited ingredient recipes for your pet: email@example.com! Don’t forget to also donate and check back to keep Planting Seeds in South Carolina going, so it can provide you more recipes, not only for yourself, but your pets!
Coconut Peanut Butter Bombs
1 cup oatmeal
½ cup organic, creamy peanut butter (look for one without any added sugar or salt)
¼ cup organic coconut oil
- Place coconut oil, oatmeal, and peanut butter into a mixing bowl and stir until well blended, (coconut oil will become liquid if it is above roughly 76 degrees and solid if below that). The coconut oil should be liquid during the mixing process because it not only makes it easier, but you can also measure it out better.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper if you want, (this step can be totally skipped if you don’t mind cleaning an extra dish).
- When the mixture becomes a consistency where it can stick together, take a small spoonful of the mixture, roll into a ball between your hands, and place on the parchment paper. These treats can be as big or as little as you want.
- Freeze the coconut peanut butter balls overnight in the refrigerator or the freezer for a faster time.
- When chilled, your pups can enjoy! Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Note: This recipe can make different amount of treats, (depending on how big you make the treats). Personally, we have all different sizes of dogs at my home, (a miniature dachshund, a hound mix, and a Great Dane). Obviously, Ziggy, (the Great Dane), would get a much larger treat than Leah, (the Dachshund). It is totally up to you how big you want each treat to be. You can also decide to spread out the mixture onto a baking sheet and make it like brittle. It’s totally up to you!
**This recipe was also featured in Planting Seeds in South Carolina Magazine.