Updated: Aug 9, 2021
Every year around the holidays, my husband and I make delicious fudge, Christmas candy, and other holiday treats. Of course these treats are not good for our dogs, so this year I decided that it would be fun to include our dogs in some of the Holiday baking festivities and put together an easy Christmas dog treat recipe just for them.
This recipe is my take on a classic Christmas snowball (a decadent treat generally full of walnuts, flour, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla - all the wonderful things that Bailey and Bentley cannot eat). My puppy-friendly "Christmas snowball" dog treat recipe instead includes peanut butter, rolled oats, chicken broth, and white cheddar cheese (all the things that Bailey and Bentley love).
Video Introduction to Making Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
The Recipe: How To Make Homemade Dog Treats with Peanut Butter
This is a simple no-bake recipe with four all-natural ingredients:
8 - 12 oz white cheddar cheese
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
Video Overview of Dog Treat Recipe Ingredients
Shred 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and set aside. With the remaining cheddar cheese block, use a fine cheese grater (or even a zester) to grate the remaining cheese and set aside.
Combine the peanut butter, 1/2 cup of the shredded white cheddar cheese, rolled oats, and chicken broth into one large mixing bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix the ingredients together until combined and the batter is tacky. (Note: I also find using my hands to mix the ingredients together works great, and is extra fun.) If the mixture is too dry, add more chicken broth. If the mixture is too wet, add more oats.
Video Tutorial for Creating the Peanut Butter Dog Treat Mixture
Spread the finely grated cheese onto a wooden cutting board. Scoop a small portion of the peanut butter and oats mixture out with your hand and roll it into a ball. The size of the ball will be dependent upon the size of your dog - larger snow balls for big dogs and small snow balls for little dogs.
Roll the ball into the white cheddar cheese. This is what will give it the white "snowball" look. Continue rolling the mixture into balls, coating each one with cheddar cheese, until you work through the entire batter. If you have more batter than you need, simply put the mixture into a freezer-safe ziplock bag and freeze for later use.
Video on How to Turn the Dog Treat Mixture into a Christmas Snowball
The Result: Delicious All Natural Homemade Dog Treats
This easy dog treat recipe ticks several boxes for me:
It is a great way to incorporate your dogs into the family Holiday baking festivities.
This is an easy, no-bake recipe that your kids can help make, and is a great opportunity to teach your kids how to create a healthy, nutritious snack for your family dog.
It passes the test for the pickiest of dog eaters (like my two). Who can resist peanut butter and cheese?
I hope you have a chance to try this all natural homemade dog treat recipe this Holiday season. If you do, let me know how it turns out!