How to Make No-Bake Dog Treats

By Catherine Holden Robinson

In today's rat race, it's difficult to bake treats for a family, let alone the family canine, so minimize your time in the kitchen by making no-bake treats for your dog. Simple ingredients, and minimal preparation time, mean you'll be in and out of the kitchen in no time, and your four-legged pal will have plenty of treats for when his behavior demands an edible kudos.

Peanut Butter No-Bake Treats

Combine pumpkin, 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup milk into the large bowl and mix using your electric mixer and a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high until smooth and combined.

Add 2 1/2 cups of the oats, slowly, mixing on low speed. Cease mixing when oats are incorporated.

Using the tablespoon or melon baller, scoop out the mixture and roll into 1 1/2-inch balls. Balls can be made smaller for small or toy dogs. Always remember to consider treats when calculating your dog's daily caloric intake.

Roll balls into remaining oats, pressing just hard enough to coat each treat. Place treats on cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.

Refrigerate until firm, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Treats will keep for a week when refrigerated.

No Pumpkin Please

Combine 1/2 cup milk and 1 cup peanut butter in large bowl.

Mix vigorously with a wooden spoon until fully combined.

Mash in oats, a small amount at a time, until completed mixed.

Using a tablespoon or melon baller, scoop out treats and roll into 1 1/2-inch balls.

Place treats on cookie sheets lined with wax or parchment paper.

Refrigerate for at least an hour until treats are firm, and store in an airtight container. Treats will stay fresh in the refrigerator for three weeks, and can be frozen for up to four months.