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Coconut Oil Dog Treats: 8 Vet-Approved Homemade Recipes

Written by: Ashley Bates

Last Updated on April 23, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Coconut Oil Dog Treats: 8 Vet-Approved Homemade Recipes

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Coconut oil seems to be a miracle cure and go-to for many things these days. This nutrient-dense ingredient can easily replace other less-healthy oils in meals, and we can even safely share this neutral, hypoallergenic substance with our canine counterparts.

Whether you feel like getting busy in the kitchen or you just want to save a few bucks this month on dog treats by making your own, we have you covered! We found a handful of recipes that are quick and simple, and you likely have all the ingredients in your cabinet.

Let’s check them out.

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The 8 Homemade Coconut Oil Dog Treat Recipes

1. Dogster Recipe – Peanut Butter and Coconut Bites

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Peanut Butter and Coconut Bites

We love this recipe as our favorite dog treat recipe featuring coconut oil. These treats can be made using only three dog-safe ingredients, and they won’t take you hardly any time at all to whip them up. You’ll just need to have a food processor on hand to blend the ingredients. But once these treats are made, your dog will surely beg for more.

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup rolled oats

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until the oats are well combined with the peanut butter and coconut oil.
  • You can add more peanut butter or oats as needed to create a firmer or stickier texture, but you don’t want it to be too sticky.
  • Roll the dough into balls and refrigerate.

 


2. Coconut Oil and Mint Dog Treats

Coconut Oil and Mint Dog Treats
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We think you and your pup will love the Down Redbud Drive Coconut Oil and Mint Dog Treats. It will freshen their breath and make them happy! In this simple yet elegant recipe, you can give your dog added nutritional benefits, while providing a breath-freshening bonus.

The mint itself has some serious health benefits for dogs. Not only are these adorable for your own canine, they make absolutely precious party favors to pass out to all of your dog loving friends.

Ingredients:
  • Coconut oil
  • Fresh mint
  • Silicone dog bone mold
  • Small pot
  • Pourable glass container
  • Baking sheet
Directions:
  1. Chop the mint and put the mint and coconut oil in a small pot on the stove. Turn the stove to low heat and let the coconut oil melt until completely liquid, stirring constantly.
  2. Transfer the melted coconut oil and mint mixture into a measuring cup or other pourable glass container.
  3. Pour the coconut oil into the silicone mold until the molds are ¾ of the way full.
  4. Place the mold into the freezer for 1-2 hours.
  5. Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container.

*Make these treats in a small mold and use them sparingly as too much coconut oil can cause diarrhea.


3. No-Bake Coconut Dog Treat Recipe

No-Bake Coconut Dog Treat Recipe
Image Credit: zoetispetcare.com

This is an easy recipe for the non-baker out there—thanks to Zoetis Pet Care. You don’t have to worry about doing much to prepare for these goodies. No baking is involved, so you don’t have to heat up the kitchen.

This particular recipe calls for nutritious, wholesome ingredients that provide a flavorful yet healthy experience for your canine at snack time.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup oat flour or 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
Directions:
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture is doughy.
  2. Form the dough into balls. The balls can be any size you want, but you may want to base them on the size of your dog.
  3. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week.

4. The Coconut Mama Coconut Oil Dog Treats with Peanut Butter

The Coconut Mama Coconut Oil Dog Treats with Peanut Butter
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The Coconut Mama Coconut Oil Dog Treats with Peanut Butter are the perfect way to please your pooch. If you’re looking for a no hassle recipe, using coconut oil for your dog, look no further. This formula contains three simple ingredients that you likely have in your cabinet now.

You simply mix up a few ingredients and call it a day. These yummy snacks are delightful for slow licking or one quick bite. Some dogs might like taking their time while others will dive in!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
Directions:
  1. Place the coconut oil into a small saucepan and heat over low until melted.
  2. Remove the pan from the stove and mix in the peanut butter and ginger powder until combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into a silicone mold or ice cube tray, filling each compartment about ¾ of the way full.
  4. Place the molds in the freezer.
  5. Once the treats are frozen, place them in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

5. Today’s Creative Life

Today’s Creative Life Homemade Dog Treat
Image Credit: todayscreativelife.com

This is one easy-to-bake treat. This particular recipe would not be the best one if you have a dog that is sensitive to dairy or wheat. However, it can be a very yummy snack for a standard healthy dog to enjoy.

Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚˚˚ F.
  2. Combine the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix on medium until well blended.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface, then roll it out.
  4. Use your desired cookie cutter to cut out shapes, then place on a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.

6. Clean and Delicious Easy Healthy DIY Dog Treats

You can get as fancy or leave it as simple as you want with this delicious pumpkin peanut butter cookie recipe. Incorporating coconut oil for the glaze, this nutrient-dense cookie will get a big paws up from your pup.

These traits might require a trip to the store, so consider the time it will take to gather the ingredients and make this treat before you commit.

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
Optional Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚˚˚ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it to the side.
  2. Combine peanut butter, pumpkin puree, and egg in a bowl and stir until well combined.
  3. Stir in almond flour, cinnamon, and turmeric until a sticky dough forms.
  4. Scoop a teaspoon of dough and form it into the shape of a cookie and place it on the baking sheet. Repeat until you have about 20 cookies.
  5. Wet a fork and use it to make criss-crosses in the tops of the cookies.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the treats are golden brown.

7. Golden Barrel Dog Treats Made with Coconut Oil and Molasses

Golden Barrel Dog Treats Made with Coconut Oil and Molasses
Image Credit: goldenbarrel.com

This recipe provides just the right kind of sugary kick with rich molasses and yummy peanut butter. Your pup will swoon over the texture and flavor of these scrumptious treats. They are relatively simple to make, but they may be a little more time-consuming than you would like.

Ingredients:
  • 4 tablespoons light molasses
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brewer’s yeast
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚˚˚ F.
  2. Use a whisk to combine the molasses, peanut butter, water, and coconut oil in a bowl until combined (may not form a completely smooth texture).
  3. Combine the oats, flour, and yeast, then add them to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Roll out the dough until it is ½-inch thick, then use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough into shapes. Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze.

8. Dalmatian DIY Super Simple DIY Dog Treats

Dalmatian DIY Super Simple DIY Dog Treats
Image Credit: dalmatiandiy.com

The Dalmatian DIY Super Simple DIY Dog Treats are as simple as they get. This two-ingredient recipe is great for lazy days. You can easily add this treat as a topper to a meal. It is a great recipe to put in the middle of a treat toy such as a Kong as well to promote healthy chewing while they get a flavorful experience.

Ingredients:
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Coconut oil
Directions:
  1. Melt the coconut oil and peanut butter.
  2. Mix them together and pour into a silicone mold or ice cube tray.
  3. Refrigerate until the treats are completely set.
  4. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

*Keep these treats small and only feed occasionally as too much coconut oil can cause diarrhea.

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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

You have probably heard about the laundry list of benefits of incorporating coconut oil into your diet. To a degree, the same can be said for your pup. Below are some health benefits associated with the use of coconut oil.

Eases Inflammation

Coconut oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. It also seems to reduce the associated pain that comes along with inflammation.

Improves Skin and Coat

Coconut oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients help keep the skin and coat looking its healthiest.

Fights Bacteria and Fungus

Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that can protect your dog topically and internally.

Aids in Digestion

Keep your pup’s digestive system working correctly. Coconut oil really smooths things out in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Other Ways to Incorporate Coconut Oil into Your Dog’s Diet

Occasionally, you can give your dog a standalone scoop of coconut oil or add it into their meal. Since coconut oil has such a mild taste and texture, it is sure to appeal to even picky appetites. Just be sure not to feed too much as it can upset the stomach in larger amounts.

Use Moderation

Regardless of how good coconut oil is, everything is best in moderation. Coconut oil is still high in fat and can cause negative effects like weight gain if it’s not fed in moderation. Always consult with your vet before giving your dog coconut oil regularly.

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Final Thoughts

You now understand a little bit more about the uses of coconut oil and you have some great recipes to try out. You can save a few of these for later, or get cracking on one right away in your kitchen.

Regardless, your dog will thank you for it, and the added benefit of coconut oil can certainly serve its purpose. Never forget that everything is about moderation! Be sure to offer these treats as an occasional snack, and be careful of your portion sizes.

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