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!

A jar of blueberry dog treats spilling onto a gray background with blueberries, a yellow napkin, a bone cookie cutter, and a yellow flower.
Want to save this recipe?
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!
A pile of crunchy blueberry dog treats on a tile background.

🥘 Ingredients Needed

A picture of the ingredients in blueberry dog treats on a white tile background, labeled.

FULL INGREDIENT MEASUREMENTS ARE IN THE RECIPE CARD AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST ABOVE THE COMMENT FORM

  • 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.
  • Eggs
  • 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

🥣 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)

A collage of images showing the process of making blueberry dog treats, steps 1 - 5.

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.

A collage of images showing the process of making blueberry dog treats, steps 6 - 10.

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)

A cookie sheet covered in unbaked blueberry and oat dog treats.

Bake in the oven at 350°F for 40 minutes, until the biscuits are hard/crunchy.

A cookie sheet with bone shaped blueberry dog treats in an oven.

Let the treats cool for a few minutes and then let your pup try them out!

Melly sure loves them!

A black border collie begging for a blueberry and oat dog biscuit.

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of blueberries can you use?

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.

Can you make these treats with any other fruit?

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!)

Can you bake these treats in other shapes?

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.

What can you use in place of a rolling pin?

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.

A pile of crunchy blueberry dog treats and a mason jar filled with treats on a tile background.

🍴Dog Biscuit Recipe Variations

You can replace blueberries in these dog treats with all kinds of things. You can make:

Let me know what dog treat combinations you try!

Share on Facebook

🍳 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

🐶 Other Great Dog-Friendly Recipes

A black dog begging for a blueberry and oat dog biscuit.

Have You Tried This Recipe?

Please rate it and leave a comment below. I would love to hear what you think!

A pile of blueberry dog biscuits and blueberries on a gray background with a yellow flower and a yellow napkin.

Crunchy Homemade Dog Treats with Blueberry, Oats, and Peanut Butter

4.86 from 54 votes
Who doesn't love to spoil their dog? These crunchy homemade dog treats made with blueberries, peanut butter, and oats will become your dog's new favorite dog biscuit!
Author: Kari
Servings: 35 treats
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 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.)

Optional

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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!

Notes

Homemade Dog Treat Tips

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.)

Special Equipment Needeed

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 44mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 16IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Dog Treats, Pet Food
Cuisine: Dog Food, Dog Treats
Keyword: blueberry dog treats, crunchy dog treat recipe, homemade dog treats, peanut butter dog treats
Did you make this recipe?Mention @southernbytes or tag #southernbytes!

Filed Under: , ,

Hi, I'm Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Let me preface this by saying that I have never reviewed a recipe in my life. I’ve loved many, but this one deserves accolades.

    I got a gift of dog treats from a friend who went abroad and my dog loved them, but I cannot get more since they are from Italy, nor have I found anything similar online. Well, I decided to make some myself and came across this recipe out of dozens. It spoke to me for some reason. I asked some friends if their dogs wanted some, and most said yes, but one said that her whippet was very picky and didn’t like most treats. Oh well, I made them anyway.

    My puppy doesn’t do well with peanut butter, so I switched it with almond butter and decreased the blueberries and added strawberries to get to 1 cup of fruit. I used a 1″ heart cookie cutter and only baked the treats for 20 minutes because I didn’t want to overcook the strawberries.

    Let me tell you, those dogs went wild for the treats, especially the whippet! My friends have chosen to make these their “special treats” for really good behavior. They also taste pretty good as a human with a tad of honey on top.

    I think I will need to start making them biweekly.

    Thank you so much for this recipe!

    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I’m so glad they were a hit with the picky pups – and the humans! I’ve been told by several people that their toddlers enjoy sharing them with the dogs 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    These homemade dog treats with blueberry, oats, and peanut butter are a perfect combination of flavors and textures! I can’t wait to bake them for my pup and see their tail wag with delight.

  3. These Crunchy Homemade Dog Treats are a game-changer! My pup goes crazy for them, and I love knowing exactly what goes into his treats. A win-win for both of us!

  4. 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!

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

    1. 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!

  6. 5 stars
    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.

  7. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  8. 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’.

    1. 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!

  9. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

    2. 5 stars
      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!

  10. 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?

    1. 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!

      1. 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 🙂