Who doesn’t love to spoil their dog? These Crunchy Homemade Dog Treats are made with blueberries, peanut butter, and oats and will become your dog’s new favorite cookie!
I made these homemade dog biscuits on a whim. I was cleaning out the freezer to load up on fresh berries and found a bag of blueberries from last year. They seemed a touch freezer burnt, so we didn’t really want to eat them.
Our dog, Melly, loves this one kind of crunchy blueberry dog treat that is hard to find, so I thought it might be fun to make her some. She LOVES them. (They smell so good that we actually tasted them. They taste okay to me but are kind of bland – they are also dry and crumbly, like a Milk Bone treat. Some people who have made these told me that their toddlers really like them.)
I love being able to give my dog homemade treats with recognizable ingredients. I know what is in them, so I know she isn’t being fed garbage. I also love how much she LOVES them. Melly will sing for her treats!
Table of Contents
- 🥘 Ingredients Needed
- 🍽 Equipment Needed to Make Homemade Dog Biscuits
- 🥣 How to Make Homemade Dog Treats
- 🙋♀️ Frequently Asked Questions
- 🍴Dog Biscuit Recipe Variations
- 🍳 Serving Size Suggestions
- How to Store Homemade Dog Treats
- ✏️ Helpful Tips
- 🐶 Other Great Dog-Friendly Recipes
- Crunchy Homemade Dog Treats with Blueberry, Oats, and Peanut Butter Recipe
🥘 Ingredients Needed
- Blueberries (if they are frozen, you can also add the juice from the bag) – optionally, you can use dried blueberries but you will need to add more liquid
- Oats – (I like to use Old Fashioned Oats)
- Whole Wheat Flour – I usually purchase King Arthur Flour – Regular Whole Wheat and White Whole Wheat both work.
- Peanut Butter – Make sure that you find a kind of peanut butter that does not have any artificial sweeteners like xylitol in it – that is toxic to dogs.
- Ground Cinnamon
- Optional: Kosher Salt – Optional, but not necessary. It is also fine to give dogs a quarter of a teaspoon of salt divided among 35 large dog biscuits that they are not going to be eating all in one day. Dogs need electrolytes too! Commercial dog food has salt in it, as does the pretzel or potato chip they might snatch up off the floor that you drop, just keep them away from a salt lick.
- Warm Water or Bone Broth (without Onion) – I like to make my own, but you can buy it as well.
- Optional Additions – Bone Meal, Kelp Flakes, Turmeric, and Chia Seeds
🍽 Equipment Needed to Make Homemade Dog Biscuits
- A Stand Mixer
- A Rubber Spatula
- Cookie Cutters – I like to use these bone-shaped ones from Amazon.
- A Baking Sheet
- A Non-Stick Baking Mat or Parchment Paper
🥣 How to Make Homemade Dog Treats
These dog treats are really easy to make, and your dog will love them!
First, preheat your oven to 350°F.
Then, add your blueberries to your mixing bowl. If you are using frozen blueberries, smash them around a little with the mixer. (Picture 1) This will help break the big blueberries up into smaller pieces and mash some of the juices out. If you are using fresh or dried blueberries, give them a rough chop so that they are easier to incorporate in the dough.
Next, add your oats and mix them up with the blueberries. (Picture 2 – 3)
Finally, add the rest of your ingredients – flour, eggs, kosher salt, peanut butter, and cinnamon. (Picture 4) (add bone meal, kelp, and turmeric now if you are using it.)
Mix together until everything is mostly combined – it will be a bit dry and crumbly. (Picture 5)
Now, add about 1/8 cup of warm water (or broth) to the dough and mix until it sticks together in a ball. If the dough still seems dry, continue adding warm water in 1/8 – 1/4 cup increments. (Picture 6) (My blueberries were frozen and released a bunch of liquid when they defrosted, so I only added 1/8 cup of water. If your blueberries are fresh, you may need up to 1/2 a cup of water. If you are using dried blueberries, you will definitely need to add at least 1/2 a cup of water. Ideally, you want the dough to be like a pasta dough or sugar cookie dough – stiff but moldable and not runny and sticky.)
Next, flour a clean surface to roll out your dough with a rolling pin (or a bottle of wine – no one here is judging.) (Picture 7) Roll it out to about 1/2 an inch thick. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you don’t want to make these really thin or they will burn. If you make them a little too thick, you can get away with just cooking them for a little longer.
Then, cut out your treats using your favorite cookie cutters. (Picture 8 – 9) If you don’t want to use a cookie cutter, you can also use a pizza cutter or sharp knife and just cut 1 x 1-inch squares or 1 x 2-inch rectangles.
Place your cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. They don’t have to be spaced too far apart because they won’t really expand, but they will stick together if they are touching. (Picture 9)
Bake in the oven at 350°F for 40 minutes, until the biscuits are hard/crunchy.
Let the treats cool for a few minutes and then let your pup try them out!
Melly sure loves them!
🙋♀️ Frequently Asked Questions
You can use fresh, frozen, or even dried blueberries. If you use dried blueberries, try to avoid sweetened blueberries and definitely avoid blueberries coated with artificial sweeteners.
Absolutely! You can replace the blueberries with one cup of canned pumpkin or one cup of unsweetened applesauce. If you are using applesauce or pumpkin, you will most likely not need to add much water, so keep an eye on that! (You can also use mashed, cooked sweet potato!)
Absolutely. I love using bone-shaped cookie cutters, but you can just cut the dough into squares, rectangles, circles, hearts – even Santa Claus or Christmas trees – whatever your heart desires.
If you do not have a rolling pin, you can use a bottle of wine or any large and round glass bottle. Just make sure that you clean the outside of the bottle and don’t be too rough with it.
🍴Dog Biscuit Recipe Variations
You can replace blueberries in these dog treats with all kinds of things. You can make:
- Homemade dog treats with canned pumpkin
- Dog treats with applesauce
- Homemade Dog treats with cooked and mashed sweet potato
Let me know what dog treat combinations you try!
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🍳 Serving Size Suggestions
Serve these treats as often as you would give your dog a regular hard biscuit – not too many, but make sure they are happily spoiled 😉
Melly weighs somewhere around 45 pounds, and she usually gets 2 or 3 of these a day. (I’m sure she would happily accept more if we offered!)
How to Store Homemade Dog Treats
Store these treats in an airtight container. They are really crunchy, so as long as they are not exposed to moisture, they should last a good while. (I like to freeze half of the batch since I only have one dog, and she won’t go through them that quickly.)
✏️ Helpful Tips
- Try not to over-roll or over-mix your dough. It will lose some of its stretch and be hard to work with if you overwork it. (It will start to get that pizza dough spring back where you roll it out, and it shrinks back up 😉 )
- These treats would make a great dog birthday gift!
- To serve these treats to smaller dogs, break them up into smaller pieces.
- Make sure to find a peanut butter that does not have any artificial sweeteners like xylitol in it – that is toxic to dogs.
- Try out different variations of shapes and cookie sizes – I like to use these cookie cutters from Amazon. They come in a set of five, and I usually use the middle size – it is about 3 1/2 inches long.
🐶 Other Great Dog-Friendly Recipes
- Stovetop Homemade Dog Food
- Pupkin Spice Pumpkin Dog Treats
- Instant Pot Homemade Dog Food
- Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats
- Frozen Peanut Butter and Bone Broth “Pupsicles”
Have You Tried This Recipe?
Please rate it and leave a comment below. I would love to hear what you think!
Crunchy Homemade Dog Treats with Blueberry, Oats, and Peanut Butter
- a rolling pin
- 1 cup blueberries fresh, frozen, or dried
- ¾ cup oats
- 2 ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter (make sure it does not have xylitol in it)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ – ½ cup warm water adjust the water depending on the texture of your dough after mixing. You can also use bone broth that doesn't have onion in it.)
- ¼ – ½ teaspoon kosher salt optional – but salt improves the taste if humans are going to eat these
- ½ teaspoon human grade bonemeal
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon organic kelp flakes
- First, preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Next, add the blueberries to your mixing bowl. (If you are using frozen blueberries, smash them around a little with your mixer. This will help break up the big blueberries into smaller pieces and mash some of the juices out. If you are using fresh or dried blueberries, give them a rough chop so that they are easier to smush around in the dough.)1 cup blueberries
- Now, add the oats and mash them up with the blueberries.¾ cup oats
- Lastly, add the flour, eggs, kosher salt, peanut butter, and cinnamon.2 ½ cup whole wheat flour, 2 eggs, 3 tablespoons peanut butter, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ – ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- If desired, you can mix in bonemeal, kelp flakes, and turmeric for added nutrition.½ teaspoon human grade bonemeal, ½ teaspoon ground turmeric, ½ teaspoon organic kelp flakes
- Mix together until everything is mostly combined – it will be a bit dry and crumbly. Add about ⅛ cup of warm water to the dough, and mix until it sticks together in a ball. If the dough still seems dry, continue adding warm water in ⅛ – ¼ cup increments.⅛ – ½ cup warm water
- Next, flour a clean surface to roll out your dough with a rolling pin (or a bottle of wine – no one here is judging.)
- Roll the dough out to about ½ an inch thick. It doesn't have to be perfect, but you don't want to make these really thin or they will burn. If you make them a little too thick, you can get away with just cooking them for a little longer.
- Next, cut out your treats using your favorite cookie-cutters. (If you don't want to use a cookie-cutter, you can also use a pizza cutter or sharp knife and just cut 1 x 1-inch squares or 1 x 2-inch rectangles. )
- Place your cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. They don't have to be spaced too far apart because they won't really expand, but they will stick together if they are touching.
- Bake in the oven at 350°F for 40 minutes, until the biscuits are hard and crunchy. (They should snap when you bend them.)
- Let the treats cool off, then share with your favorite pup!
Homemade Dog Treat Tips
- Try not to over-roll or over-mix your dough. It will lose some of its stretch and be hard to work with if you overwork it. (It will start to get that pizza dough spring back where you roll it out and it shrinks back up 😉 )
- These treats would make a great dog birthday gift!
- Make sure to find a peanut butter that does not have any artificial sweeteners like xylitol in them – that is toxic to dogs.
- Try out different variations of shapes and cookie sizes – I like to use these cookie cutters from Amazon. They come in a set of five and I usually use the middle size – it is about 3 1/2 inches long.
How to Store Homemade Dog TreatsStore these treats in an airtight container. They are really crunchy, so as long as they are not exposed to moisture, they should last a good while. (I like to freeze half of the batch since I only have one dog, and she won’t go through them that quickly.)
Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.
I have made about 6 batches of these for my yorkie Finn. I use a round shot glass to cut them, and the result is “Scooby Snack” sized discs that are perfect for a smaller pup. He goes nuts for them, I use beef or chicken stock instead of water to help add flavor to them when I make them, Thanks for the recipe, we all love them!
I’m so happy to hear that Finn likes them! Scooby Snacks are a fantastic name for them 🙂 Thanks for sharing – that made me smile!
These sound great. Can you use regular flour? I want to add shredded carrots and shredded apples to your recipe. Would I have to adjust any part of the recipe?
Thanks for your help I look forward to hearing back from you.
Yes! You can use regular flour – you just might need to add less liquid. The apples and carrots should be fine to add – I would just use fewer blueberries so the dough doesn’t fall apart!
I originally got treats like these awhile back and decided to search up a recipe to bake. Oh my goodness I am so happy that she LOVES them!!!! I always have a tough time getting her to eat real fruits and veggies so this is a great alternative than just her kibble.
Hey Chris. Not sure if you were trying to stir up trouble. But read up on it before posting things you really are not sure of or think you know. DOGS CAN HAVE BLUEBERRIES. THEY ARE GOOD FOR THEM.
I do know this is 2 years later. But thought I’d share since I just started baking these kind.
Thanks for helping Nancy! Yes, I’m not sure why so many people think dogs can’t have blueberries, but they can. So many great vitamins in blueberries for them and for us. Now, if they ate a whole pint of them, they might not feel awesome, but we wouldn’t either 🙂
Hi Kari, Thank you for the recipe. Pretty easy to make, and my dog loves them. How long do you think these keep in an airtight container? I pulled a baggie from the freezer, have a small dog, and have not gotten through them yet. They are probably going on a month now. Wondering if they will go ‘bad’.
I think it depends on the humidity in your house and how “airtight” the container is. I have kept some in a mason jar on my counter for more than two months and they are as crunchy as the day I baked them and I currently have a bag sitting out that has been going for at least a month and a half. As the weather gets warmer, if you live somewhere humid – I would consider keeping them in the fridge or freezer!
Thanks! I ended up buying old-fashioned oats and made them today with pumpkin. The pups seem to enjoy them and I have them in an air-tight container (not sure I’ll need that as I have three dogs). I’m sure they’ll go quickly!
They do go quickly, but it is good to keep them sealed so they don’t absorb any moisture from the air! I’m glad the pups love them 🙂
Made these today for my Scout. She loved them! Accidentally bought steel cut oats and still turned out great! Thanks for the new recipe in our rotation!
Hi, I saved this recipe for ages, intending to make these one day. That day is now! However, after buying the flour, etc. I realized that the oatmeal I have in the cabinet is 1-minute oatmeal. Can I use this or do I need to buy regular oatmeal for these biscuits?
Hey Sue! It should be fine, as long as the oatmeal doesn’t have any added sugar or anything. You might not need to add as much water when mixing the dough, but I think it would work!
My luna loves this recipe! Can strawberries be used in place of blueberries?
Thank you! Blythe
Absolutely! I’ve made this recipe with cranberries & strawberries and both came out great! Just make sure that you add enough extra liquid to the dough if needed 🙂
Thank you for sharing your recipe. I make these treats weekly for my dog, Jett. He LOVES them and they are pretty healthy. I have tweaked the recipe a little with more oats, blueberries, and peanut butter.
So I am a kid well teen and I made your dog treats for the maine sampler my dog really loves them and I can not wait to hear about every one els’s dogs. I did have to make the circles with my hands cause I have no cutter’s but its ok. I made 3 batches with the doe. It was fun thank you for sharing this. I surely recommend this to other people.
Thanks, Alexis! I’m so glad you enjoyed making them!
Add a secret ingredient of some grated up all natural beef jerky I made. I had intended to make two separate batches one if blueberry and the other of pumpkin since my grandpuppies like pumpkin, but discovered that I only had enough ingredients for one batch so the original fourth cup turned into half cupm my dogs didn’t mind so I’m hoping my grandpuppies will like it too! They really smelt like bacon biscuits cooking. My grandkids wanted to eat them too…..lol…
This is my go to biscuit recipe. My dogs and those I give them to cannot get enough. I do not add salt, there is zero benefit to the recipe and it is not good for the dogs. I use either cinnamon or turmeric with a dash of pepper as I have an older dog with joint pain which the turmeric helps. I also use a sodium free bone broth instead of the water. I also found a slightly moister dough results in a crisper biscuit. Over all a fantastic recipe.
I’m making these again. My dog loves blueberries and she loves these treats!
I’m so happy to hear that! My dog loves blueberries as well – these are her favorite 🙂
Hello, my son is making dog treat to sell for a little business. He is allergic to peanut. Do you think sunbutter will work? There are 3 grams of sugar per serving, salt and sunflower seeds. Thank you!
How cute! Yes – that should work – my dog loves to lick the spoon after I eat sunbutter so they should be a big hit!
My dog absolutely loves it.
So glad your dog loves them!
My dog and my picky toddler both love them lol
I’m so glad to hear it! These seem to be almost as popular with kids as they are with dogs 😉
My dog loves these treats! I just put my second batch in the oven–the first only lasted a week. I really like that they are quick and easy to make, and since they’re relatively thick, I can fit the whole batch on a large cookie sheet at one time. Thank you for sharing!
I’m so glad they are a hit! Melly loves these treats – I’m so glad other dogs love them too!
DOGS SHOULD NEVER have blueberries!!!! They’re toxic to their system! Please add a CLEAR warning to your post or else you risk killing someone’s dog. I can’t believe your dog hasn’t gotten sick!
Hey Chris, I actually checked with my vet before making this recipe because a berry treat that my dog loved from Nutro was getting too expensive. He recommended berries in her diet to help incorporate different vitamins and minerals. If you search on Google “Can dogs eat blueberries?” there are hundreds of sources promoting berries for canine health, including the American Kennel Club, who says, “Yes, dogs can eat blueberries. Blueberries are a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more. This fruit is a healthy snack for both large and small dogs, and most pups love them.” Being such a public source of dog information, I would imagine they would get in a lot of trouble giving out bad advice. Grapes (and dried as raisins) are a commonly known fruit that is toxic for dogs – maybe that’s what you are thinking of?
Would love to make these! is it possible to switch the flour out to another type? I have oat flour, garbanzo bean flour and coconut flour ?
I have not made these with another flour, but since the dough doesn’t really rise or require much gluten for elasticity like bread does, you would probably be okay using the oat flour! They just might be a little more dry and crumbly!
Can u freeze these?
Yes! Absolutely. They keep very well in the freezer!
These look great, kari! I’m going to make them for our pup, harry. 🙂
You might want to add a warning about xylitol in peanut butter… more brands have been “sneaking” that in as a sweetener, and it’s extremely toxic to dogs. So it’s something people definitely need to watch out for.