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Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day: 3 Ways to Give Peanut Butter to Your Dog

January 24, 2023, is National Peanut Butter Day we have these fun recipes that are also three different ways that you can give your Peanut Butter and show your dog some love with this celebrated food.

Golden Retriever eating peanut butter off a spoon.

How Do you Give Your Dog Peanut Butter?

Dogs have a love for peanut butter and peanut butter loves dogs by providing healthy vitamins and minerals in each bite.  

There are three easy ways you can give your dog peanut butter that they are sure to love. These ways to give your dog peanut butter include: stuffing a Kong with a recipe that contains peanut butter, as a sauce on foods and by serving peanut butter in some homemade DIY peanut butter dog treats. 

Some people also just love to let a dog lick a spoon of peanut butter but we love to take the opportunity to add some additional dog nutrients to our peanut butter in each of our ways to give your dog peanut butter.

Can I Mix Peanut Butter with Dog Food?

You can mix peanut butter with dog food by making a peanut sauce which will allow you to mix the peanut butter with the dog food more easily.  

You can make peanut sauce by mixing peanut butter with dog bone broth or water to thin it out.  You can equal parts bone broth to peanut butter to make a tasty delicious peanut butter sauce for your dog food.  

White small shaggy dog sitting on the floor licking lips in front of a container of peanut butter.
Dogs love peanut butter!

Dog Peanut Sauce Peanut Butter Bone Broth Recipe

½ Cup Peanut Butter

¼ to ½ Cup Bone Broth (You can use our CBD Bone Broth

Peanut Butter As A Kong Filler

Kong’s are a perfect toy to entertain your dog and Kong’s provide another great way to give your dog a treat with peanut butter.  By adding peanut butter to your Kong Filler your dog will be entertained for a good long time, have mental stimulation and enjoy himself licking out the peanut butter contents. Find more Kong recipes your dog will love.

Peanut Butter Kong Filler Recipe

¼ Cup Peanut Butter

¼ Cups Shredded Vegetables (Carrot &  Zucchini are our favorites)

⅛ Cup of Yoghurt, Apple Sauce, or Broth

Mix ingredients together.  Place the Kong upright on a hard stable surface and stuff with the mixed ingredients.  Place the Kong in the freezer.  

Peanut Butter in Dog Treats Easy Peanut Butter Homemade Dog Treats

Peanut butter DIY dog treats are another easy way to feed peanut butter for your dogs.  We love making peanut butter dog treats as peanut butter dog treats are easy to make and healthy. 

Being a vegetarian I find it difficult to make meat-based treats so for me I love to use peanut butter in easy DIY pet treat recipes.  The added bonus aside from the dogs loving these vegetable-based treats just as much as any treats with meat in them is that they are packed with nutritious ingredients.  

Easy Four Ingredient Peanut Butter Homemade Dog Treats

2.5 Cups of Flour (You can use gluten-free flour, buckwheat flour, or any combination of flours or even a combination of flour and oatmeal)

½ Cup Peanut Butter

1 tsp Baking Powder 

1 Egg 

Mix all ingredients. Place on the counter on parchment and roll to about 1-inch thickness.  Cut into shapes.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until hard and lightly brown.  

One bowl of peanuts, one bowl of peanut butter, and one bowl of homemade peanut butter dog treats.
Dogs love homemade peanut butter treats and they may even be considered high value treats!

Recipe Variations:

You can add ½ cup grated carrots or other healthy grated vegetables.

One of our favorite ways to up the ante on any of our dog peanut butter recipes is to include Learn how to make CBD Peanut Butter which we make here..  By adding a little of our Relieve-Plus or Calm Chicken flavored hemp CBD spray to any peanut butter you have in fact made a great and healthy addition to your power-packed Peanut Butter.

Considerations for Feeding Your Dog Peanut Butter

  • Natural Peanut Butter.  Natural peanut butter that is either made at home or just contains peanuts is the best choice.  There are some brands of peanut butter with added oils, sugar, or Xylitol.  You will want to avoid these brands and especially those containing Xylitol which can be toxic to dogs.
  • The Health of Peanuts in General.  There is a certain school of thought that Peanut Butter, although a healthy treat for dogs in general may not be the best choice for a daily food additive.  Some of the most discussed bad issues with peanuts are phytic acid and Lectins.  Peanuts contain phytic acid.  Phytic Acid, is said to bind to minerals and prevents absorption of iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc in the human bodies and other mammals making peanuts nutritionally insignificant.  Lectins, are also abundant in peanuts. Lectins are known to damage our gut barrier cells and therefore are believed to contribute to inflammation.  It is unclear when these negative side effects of eating peanut butter would appear, however, we consider the small amounts in the odd treat safe for our dogs.  
  •  The 10% Rule.  Dogs love peanut butter but of course, we are discussing it here as a true treat.  Treats should not make up more than ten percent of a dog’s diet, although we do believe that Popular Pets are normally the recipient of far more than 10% of their daily diet in treats as we discuss in our amusing treat graph in Motherpuppin’ Adorable: What to do when your dog is better than everyone else’s

In Conclusion

Dogs love peanut butter.  Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day by showing your dog some love with a new way of serving them peanut butter but don’t forget these are dog treats and peanut butter do not need to be anything more than a treat from time to time like on National Peanut Butter Day!

Peanut Butter and Dogs FAQs

What peanut butter contains Xylitol?

Many peanut butters contain Xylitol which can be harmful for dogs including Go Nuts, Co., Krush Nutrition, Nuts ‘N More, P28 Foods, and No Cow (formerly D’s Naturals). Xylitol may also be called sugar alcohol (which it is) and peanut butter brand Nuts and More.

How much peanut butter can I give my dog?

You don’t need to give your dog too much peanut butter it is reasonable to limit peanut butter offerings to: ½ teaspoon for a small dog and 1 teaspoon for a medium or large dog, twice per day as a maximum amount.

Is it ok to put peanut butter in a Kong?

Yes! Adding Peanut butter to a Kong is an excellent way to treat your dog and add peanut butter to his diet for fun and nutrition.