Whip up a batch of Homemade Granola for Dogs. It’s a tasty DIY snack for your furry friend! Crafted with wholesome oats, seeds, dried fruit, and peanut butter, these treats are both nutritious and delicious.
Whether you make it as traditional granola or bars, your dog will enjoy this tail-wagging delight.
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Why Make Granola For Dogs?
Whether you want to let your dog share in your breakfast meal time, or you just want to make something that’s not a crispy biscuit, this granola recipe is perfect!
This recipe has the great taste of wholesome oats and is made with natural ingredients. You can use it to make great smelling cookies or serve it like it is, as natural dog cereal.
It’s the perfect alternative to human foods, like granola bars.
Regular granola bars for humans contain sugar or other sweeteners that are just empty calories and have no nutritional value. They may also contain harmful ingredients such as a chocolate chip granola bar or one with raisins.
You can also use this homemade dog treat recipe as a training treat. And since it’s made with simple ingredients, it’s the perfect food topper.
Or mix things up and add it on top of yogurt! This delicious snack is great for sprinkling over plain Greek yogurt for a cool, creamy, and crunchy treat.
Why This is the Best Dog Granola Recipe
This doggy granola is filled with ingredients that contain essential nutrients that will boost your pup’s immune system. Plus, it tastes amazing, too!
There are so many health benefits of the ingredients that are in the granola. It’s a fantastic source of vitamin E, fatty acids, and protein.
Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need to make this granola for dogs recipe. All the ingredients can be found at regular grocery stores. The exact measurements are in the printable recipe card below.
- Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Dried Fruit
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- Coconut Oil
- Unsweetened Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
- Unsweetened Almond Milk
You will need to use organic ingredients if you want to make organic granola for your dog.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
When you make this recipe, here are a few different ways to change the ingredients.
You can substitute peanut butter with almond butter or SunButter (sunflower seed butter).
Do not use peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter that contains the artificial sweetener xylitol because it is toxic to dogs.
Dried blueberries, cranberries, pineapple, apricots, and strawberries are all great choices for dried fruit and unsweetened is best.
Do not use raisins because they are harmful to dogs.
You can substitute all or part of the dried fruit with carob chips. Do not use chocolate chips because they are toxic to dogs.
You can substitute almond milk with coconut milk.
You probably have all the kitchen tools needed for making granola, but just in case:
- Measuring Cups and Spoons – to measure out the ingredients.
- Mixing Bowls – to mix the ingredients.
- Food Processor – for chopping the seeds.
- Blender – for blending the wet ingredients.
- Baking Sheet – for baking the granola.
How to Make Granola for Dogs
Here are the steps for making granola and some photos of the process. I hope it helps you make this tasty treat for your spoiled hound:
- In a food processor or blender, grind all the seeds for a few seconds until broken up but not powdered.
- In a medium bowl, combine the seed mixture with the shredded coconut, oats, and fruit.
- Microwave coconut oil in a small bowl for 10 seconds.
- Add honey and stir to combine.
- Place peanut butter and milk in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Beat an egg and add it and the coconut oil-honey mixture to the peanut butter mixture in the blender and blend well.
- Add this liquid mixture to the dry ingredients.
- Stir until the dry ingredients are coated well with the wet mixture.
- Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
- Bake at 350°F for 30 to 40 minutes.
- If making bars, use a knife to cut the granola into rectangles or squares while they are warm from the oven but don’t remove them until they are cooled to room temperature.
- If making granola pieces, allow it to cool completely then break it up into small pieces.
How to Store Granola and How Long It Will Last
Allow the granola to cool to room temperature. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 2 weeks. You can freeze it for up to 4 months.
How much homemade granola should you give your dog? It depends on their size and how much they ate that day. Smaller dogs need to consume less and larger dogs.
For the traditional granola, just a few pieces is a great place to start.
For a granola bar, you may need to break it up into smaller pieces for a small dog. Or just make it into small bars or squares. A large dog can have a whole bar.
Can humans eat this granola for dogs?
Yes, they sure can! It won’t be as sweet as the granola you’re used to eating. However, it is a great option for those wanting to cut back on their sugar intake.
More Dog Treat Recipes
Do you want to make more tasty treats for your furry friend? Here are some of the best homemade dog treats:
- Apple Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- Carob Dog Treats
- Charcoal Dog Treats
- Coconut Dog Treats
- Pumpkin Dog Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cups for Dogs
Find lots of easy recipes for dog treats right here on Spoiled Hounds!
Granola for Dogs
- 2 cups Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
- ¼ cup Pumpkin Seeds
- ¼ cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1 tablespoon Hemp Seeds
- 1 tablespoon Flax Seeds
- 2 tablespoons Chopped Dried Fruit
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1 Egg
- 1¼ cup Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, or SunButter
- ¾ cup Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
- Preheat oven to 320°F. Spray a baking sheet or cover it with parchment paper.
- In a food processor or blender, grind the pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, and flax seeds for a few seconds until broken up but not powdered.
- In a medium bowl, combine the seed mixture with the shredded coconut, rolled oats, and dried fruit.
- In a small bowl heat coconut oil in the microwave for 10 seconds. Add honey and stir to combine.
- Combine peanut butter and milk in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Beat egg and add it along with the coconut oil and honey mixture into the peanut butter mixture in the blender and blend well. Add this liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until coated well.
- Spread the mixture about ½-inch thick onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, according to your desired crunchiness.
- Bar instructions: Allow to cool for a few minutes. While the baked mixture is slightly warm, use a knife to slice into bar-sized rectangles or squares. Allow it to cool completely before removing the bars from the baking sheet.
- Granola instructions: Remove from oven and allow it to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Crumble the mixture with your hands.
- Place the cooled granola in an airtight container and store it in the fridge.