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Coconut & Peanut Butter Treats

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What do you call a dog treat that has just three ingredients, is simple to make and packs a real punch in the canine health department?

The answer? You can call them what you like, but we call them Coconut Oil & Peanut Butter Hearts.

The Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 43ml (1 ½oz) Coconut Oil
  • 43g (1 ½oz) Peanut Butter (Xylitol-free)
  • 1.7g (0.06oz) Ground Cinnamon

This quantity of ingredients makes 36, heart-shaped homemade coconut oil dog treats as pictured above.

METHOD

Add all the ingredients to a bowl – double boiler, stainless steel melting pot or bain-marie. Heat and stir until all the ingredients have melted and combined.

Using a tablespoon, pour the melted mixture into silicone baking trays or moulds and place in the freezer until set.

Store treats in the fridge or freeze until required.

About this Recipe

At The Dog Chef, we’re pretty big on homemade coconut oil dog treats. Truth be told, we’re pretty big on anything coconut oil. Especially when it comes to dogs.

It’s one of a number of 100% natural superfoods that should have a permanent place in every dog food pantry. Along with parsley and nettles, brewers yeast and kelp, we recommend always having some versatile, cold-pressed organic coconut oil readily to hand.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties for starters. Rich in the health-giving fatty-acid lauric acid, it’s hugely beneficial to canine health, according to our in-house dog nutritionist.

Coconut oil can:

  • Improve cognitive function (it’s good for brain health)
  • Help with a dog’s digestive system
  • Aid weight loss
  • Boost energy levels
  • Improve bad breath
  • Help eliminate canine parasites
  • Improve a dog’s skin & coat condition
  • Benefit joint health

Peanut butter

Peanut butter is another dog food pantry essential. It’s full of goodness, dogs love it, and it’s great for high-reward dog treats. What’s not to like?

Cinnamon

Less well-known as a beneficial ingredient for dogs, cinnamon is also said to improve brain function. It’s also an excellent spice for any dog suffering from diabetes. And, rich in antioxidants, it also has anti-inflammatory properties for dogs, making it ideal for any dog suffering from canine arthritis.

Want more on cinnamon for dogs? Okay, it’s said to help fight cancer, and its anti-fungal properties are understood to help with yeast infections.

Combine those three ingredients and you have the makings of a natural and healthy homemade dog treat you can put together in two shakes of a dog’s tail!

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