From peanut-butter-stuffed toys to fresh fruit and vegetables, no-bake dog treats are the perfect choice for when you're short on time, or don't feel like cooking. Packed with nutrients and a snap to prepare, these mouth-watering sunflower butter balls are sure to get rave reviews from your best friend.
Combine the milk and peanut butter in a food processor or mixing bowl and blend thoroughly. Add the oats and oat bran a little at a time and stir well to ensure all the dry ingredients are thoroughly coated in the nut butter.
Add cinnamon and honey, and mix until all the ingredients are well-incorporated. Scoop out bite-size pieces with a tablespoon and roll into little balls.
Place the nut butter and oat balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet or tray. Refrigerate for one hour before serving.
Items You Will Need
- Mixer or food processor
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cup
- Baking sheet or tray
- Parchment paper
- 1/2 cup lowfat milk
- 1 cup natural, unsalted sunflower butter, peanut butter or almond butter
- 2¾ cups steel-cut or old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons oat bran
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- Gently roll the balls to avoid crumbling.
- This recipe makes about 25 to 30 treats.
- Treats store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- For dogs with dairy foods intolerance, replace the milk with lactose-free milk.
- Cinnamon adds flavor and nutrients, but if your dog doesn't go for spicy, leave it out.
- Oat bran is nutritious but may be omitted. Add another 1/4 cup of oats to replace the oat bran.
- If the mixture is too sticky or loose, add more oats. If it's too dry, add a little more milk.
- Honey enhances the flavor of these treats. An almost perfect food, honey is also packed with nutrients -- but if your dog doesn't have a sweet tooth, omit it.
- When introducing a new treat to your dog containing foods he may not have eaten before, offer small portions until you're sure he will not have an adverse reaction to one of the ingredients.
- For overweight dogs, offer treats made with nut butters only occasionally -- they are high in fat.
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