Super Simple DIY Dog Treats Using Coconut Oil

Super simple single ingredient coconut oil dog treats

If 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. It’s super simple to do and makes sharing easy and fun.

Coconut Oil for Dogs

Coconut Oil in the Dog Diet

Coconut oil is almost exclusively fat and 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, and leave the treat post 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 tons of other 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.

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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 still 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

To make your own plain coconut oil treats: melt coconut oil to room temperature, pour into moulds (ensure the size is suitable for your pet), and 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.
  • 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.  

To make your own peanut butter and coconut oil treats: melt coconut oil and peanut butter, mix together well, pour into moulds (ensure the size is suitable for your pet), and 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.
  • 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 different DIY dog treats here on the blog. Woofs! Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes or dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies or 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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