Super Simple DIY Dog Treats Using Coconut Oil

Super simple single ingredient coconut oil dog treats
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If you give your dogs coconut oil as a dietary supplement, here are two of the doggone easiest ways to turn that supplement into homemade dog treats. Setting coconut oil into treats is super simple to do and makes sharing easy and fun.

Coconut Oil for Dogs

Considerations for Coconut Oil in the Dog Diet

Coconut oil is almost exclusively fat, so it requires careful consideration of suitability and moderation for pet (or human) diets.  Coconut oil can potentially be beneficial for energy, metabolism, digestion, mobility, skin/coat, and other health factors. I also use it topically on the dogs to sooth dry or sore spots. When this post was first shared, coconut oil was recommended as a dietary supplement for dogs by many holistic vets and dog nutritionists; however, it has recently come under increasing debate. 

I’ve decided to put that note into this post with some links for your exploration. This (and our other coconut oil dog treat recipe posts) are available for you to use if you decided that coconut oil is right for you and your dog. If you feel it isn’t, there are lots of other dog treat recipes you can explore here on the blog instead. Woofs! 

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I also really like the amount of thought and research that Kimberley from Keep the Tail Wagging put into the coconut oil question before deciding that coconut oil did indeed have a moderated place in her dogs’ feeding program. You can read her full post at Stop Feeding Your Dog Coconut Oil? Her self questioning and doubts resonated with my own, as does her decision to keep moderated amount of coconut oil in our dogs’ diets.

Using Coconut Oil in Homemade Dog Treats

Coconut Oil as a Dog Treat Ingredient

Coconut oil is used in some of our treat recipes, such as helping to create truffle treats that hold firm when refrigerated or allowing us to create fancy special occasion dog “chocolates” with less reliance on ready-made carob or yogurt melts. It’s also great for pairing with turmeric.  

Coconut Oil as a Supplemental Dog Treat

For a super simple option, our dogs enjoy coconut oil straight up.  Sure, you can spoon a little on their food, but why waste an opportunity to isolate a treat? If you want to consolidate feeding, you can give it back-to-back. Mouth cleansing dessert? Yes, please!  Our dogs really seem to like the scent and will lick it straight from a spoon, but setting it in moulded treats makes sharing easy and fun. Our dogs like their extra “treats”. Shhh…. It can be our secret.

Although I use this method all year round, I find refrigerated coconut oil treats particularly handy in summer time when coconut oil has a tendency to be liquid at cupboard temperature in many homes, ours included. They’re also stable stored long term. Pawfect.

Single Ingredient Simple Coconut Oil Dog Treats

Treat making doesn’t get much simpler than pour-and-set single ingredient treats. To make your own plain coconut oil treats:

  • Melt coconut oil to room temperature.
  • Pour into moulds.
  • Refrigerate until completely set before removing from moulds.
  • Store refrigerated as coconut oil will soften or melt at ambient temperatures.

Treat Making Tips and Tricks

  • See our comprehensive post on making and storing chilled dog treats for additional information on frozen and chilled homemade treats.
  • Unlike many treats that are easily broken into smaller sizes, set coconut oil is rather firm so it’s important to ensure that your mould size suits your pet. As always, be mindful of treat size and consumption relative to your pet’s size and any other individual factors.
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Peanut Butter and Coconut Oil Dog Treats

For a little extra scent and flavour, a fat soluble add-in is the simplest option. A small quantity of peanut butter melted into the mix is an easy option.  Not too much though, or your treat won’t set firm. See our other coconut oil dog treat recipes for more ideas on combining flavours or layering treats.

Treat Ingredients:

  • Peanut butter
  • Coconut oil

Making the Treats:

  • To make your own peanut butter and coconut oil treats, melt coconut oil and peanut butter. If melting separately, mix the prepared liquids together well.
  • Pour into moulds.
  • Refrigerate until completely set before removing from moulds.
  • Store refrigerated as coconut oil will soften or melt at ambient temperatures.

Treat Making Tips and Tricks

  • See our comprehensive post on making and storing chilled dog treats for additional information on frozen and chilled homemade treats.
  • Unlike many treats that are easily broken into smaller sizes, set coconut oil is rather firm so it’s important to ensure that your mould size suits your pet. As always, be mindful of treat size and consumption relative to your pet’s size and any other individual factors.
  • Take care when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients peanut butter when used for your dogs. Xylitol (E967) is particularly dangerous for dogs.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our blog archives. You can also use use the category and tag labels above/ below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest or use our internal search tools to find something specific. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas from treats that we’ve made ourselves for our pets, but different animals have different preferences (likes/dislikes), just like people. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what’s suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

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