Uplifting Family with Bruce von Stein
Enlighten Circle Member, Founder, Yitto Paws
Who doesn’t love a treat? And since dogs are family too, these simple blueberry, peanut butter treats will have them begging for more! Join Bruce to learn how to make healthy, homemade treats for your dog.
Blueberry Dog Treats
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Makes about 100 quarter sized treats
• 3 cups rolled oats regular or quick
• 1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
• 1 large egg
• 1/4 cup applesauce
• 3 heaping tablespoons peanut butter (MAKE SURE the peanut butter does NOT contain xylitol which is poisonous to dogs)
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets or use parchment.
• In a food processor, use the sharp blending blade and add the oats. Pulse the oats for about 15 seconds or so. Then add all the other ingredient and blend until the dough starts to form a ball. If the dough is too wet to form a ball, add a few more oats. If the dough is to dry, add a little water.
• Remove the dough ball from the food processor and place on a cutting board. I like to use some wax paper to keep it from sticking to the board.
• Shape the dough into a small log. Break or cut pieces off from the log and place them on the cookie sheet. Then flatten the piece of dough with your thumb. The treats can be big or small — but the bigger they are, the longer they will need to cook. Also, if you like a fancier looking treat, you can roll the dough out and use a cookie cutter of your choice.
• If your treats are about the size of a quarter, bake them in the oven for 25-35 minutes or until the edges start to brown. If your treats are larger, bake them longer. If your treats are smaller, bake them for a shorter amount of time.
• If your treats are “bone” dry, they can be stored in an airtight container for several months or perhaps up to a year. Moister treats should be used within a week or so.
• I recommend using organic ingredients whenever possible.
• Make sure the berries are completely blended into the dough. Even small berry pieces will create a spot of moisture which can lead to the treats getting moldy if stored for more than a week.
• If you want your dog treats to be able to last for months, make sure you bake all the moisture out of them. When cooled, they should be completely dry and crunchy. If they aren’t, put them back in the oven at a low temperature (150 degrees or so) and bake them until they’ve dried out completely.