Nutter Butter Dog Treat Recipe

by Michelle on November 10, 2010

I am very picky about what I feed my dogs and I don’t feed them anything I wouldn’t eat. Consequently, my dogs are fed the best that we can afford and always get fresh vegetables and fruit daily along with their dry kibble. Yes, we dice up vegetables and fruit twice a day with banana, apple, broccoli and cauliflower being almost a staple for them. But they do get citrus fruit, any variety of melon and for some strange reason all my dogs love salad and it does not matter what dressing is on it, they go bonkers for salad.

Because I am so picky about their food, I do make their treats as well. But I was watching the National Geographic Channel the other night and there was a short segment on how a dog uses it nose. Unlike humans, a dog smells each individual odor not a combination like we do. So with this in mind I decided to try out a new dog treat recipe and went to work measuring, mixing and crushing. And I came up with Nutter Butter Dog Treats and my dogs just love them.

I’ve made probably close to a dozen dog treat recipes and some my dogs liked and some they didn’t. But I can assure you that Nutter Butter Dog Treats will be a favorite of your dog as well. My dogs will do just about anything for my Watson’s Liver Biscuits and they react just about the same way with the Nutter Butter treats.

If you are half as picky as I am about what your dogs eat, I guarantee you will be happy with the Nutter Butter Dog Treats. And your dogs will give an extra special slobber kiss for making them such a special treat!

Nutter Butter Dog Treats
Recipe developed by BigBlackDog

3 1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour (you can substitute white flour)
1 c cornmeal
3/4 c. oatmeal flakes
1 medium apple
1/3 c peanut butter (or use 1/2 c. Chunky Peanut Butter)
1/2 c crushed peanuts (skip if you’re using Chunky Peanut Butter)
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. water
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Makes about 40-1″ dog treats

1. Dice up apple. Don’t bother to peel the apple.
2. Add to a food processor, diced apple, peanut butter, oil, water, eggs and vanilla. Blend until apple is completely emulsified.
3. Add the cornmeal and oatmeal and blend.
4. With the food processor running, gradually add the Whole Wheat Flour until completely incorporated.
5. Add nuts and pulse 2 or 3 times, just enough to mix nuts into the dough. Dough will be thick and sort of rubbery to the touch.
6. Remove dough to a small bowl.
7. Roll 1 tsp of dough into a ball. Depending on the size of your dog, you may want to make a smaller sized ball.
8. Place each ball of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and press down to form a flat disk. Dog treats do not rise when baked, so whatever size they are going into the oven, is the size they will be when baked.
9. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes. When treats are done, turn off oven and crack open oven door. Leave treats in oven overnight to dry out.
10. The treats do mold easily so freeze what you can’t use in 1-2 days. Then just thaw as needed.

NOTE: I do include a bag of homemade Dog Treats in my annual Christmas Cookie Baskets but make sure to label them DOG TREATS! 😉 Not that there’s anything that a human could not eat but dog treats are not sweet and quite a surprise if one is expecting a cookie!

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  • Sheila November 10, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Those sound good enough for people to eat, Michelle!

    I love your babies. Mr. Magpie’s secretary has a Rottie, and he is on their Christmas card each year. They are such neat dogs. They remind me in coloring of my little Min Pins who have gone over the Rainbow Bridge. Give each of them a kiss from Mrs. Magpie. I’m a dog lover from the get go!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  • Kayte November 10, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Such cute doggies! Interesting to hear what they will eat. I think my dogs would love these treats. They don’t like salad, though. They do like some of the other things you mentioned and they love squash and sweet potatoes!

  • Siobhan November 10, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Macbeth loves peanut butter (hasn’t figured out that is how I hide his pills!) I may make up a batch of these tonight…

    ps. Your Rotties look so healthy these treats must work! Mac will eat a bit of apple or a carrot if it hits the floor and he thinks we don’t want him to eat it…Scotties always need to be in control!

  • Lori E November 10, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Now how do I keep my family from eating them all up before the dog gets them?

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  • kat November 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Oh i bet they love it with the peanut butter. You sound like my parents with their dog, they make all her food from scratch cooking up rice & chicken, etc… My mom jokes the dog eats better than she does

  • Görel November 10, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I laughed out loud when I read “crack open oven door. Leave treats in oven overnight to dry out.” That would NOT be a good move in my house! It would ALL be gone the next morning … but these cookies sound like really nice treat, and easy to make.

    In Sweden we have this weird human food called “blood pudding” (I think the brits have black pudding which is similar). Children love it, fried and served with lingonberry jam. And dogs love it too — diced and dried in the oven, it’s really the perfect treat, and doesn’t smell bad in your pocket either!

  • Doggy Dessert Chef November 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    What a great recipe. I’m adding it to my facebook right now!

  • Susieqtpies November 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks again for linking this up in my Christmas Goodie Link up!!!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction November 11, 2010 at 6:39 am

    These are so cute! I will definitely be making some for my yellow lab who is on the mend from knee surgery last week. We might have to make some extras to share with the other doggies in my extended family :)

  • Biz November 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    MIchelle – those look so good – my dog is going to love those!!

    Hope you are still enjoying our lovely weather – I hear in the 40s next week :(

  • megan November 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I haven’t made any dog treats for awhile and my pup would LOVE these!

    My doggy thanks you! 😉

  • megan November 12, 2010 at 10:24 am

    For some reason, your blog wasn’t updating in my reader – but now it is! I would love to make treats for my dogs, but can’t use anything with peanut butter. If you have any other recipes, I would be interested in trying them.

    BTW – my son and I were admiring the pictures of all the pups – they are just gorgeous!

  • Amanda November 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I love your doggies, they are so cute!

  • Jeanette February 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Those are some lucky dogs!!

  • deeba February 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Your pooches are adorable Michelle. Thank you for sharing pictures of them. Have thought often about ‘Big Black Dogs’ …

  • Delishhh February 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I am trying these next week for my dog. Your doggies are adorable and love what you feed them. I will report back and let you know if he likes them :)

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