No Bake Dog Treat Recipe

by Andrea

I'm looking for a no bake treat recipe. I have a German Shepard that suffers from early stages of arthritis. She needs to take glucosamine 2X/day. I'm trying to make my life a little easier by making some treats w/ the glucosamine already mixed in (breaking it up and mixing it w/ the wet food is getting to be a hassle). So I thought treats - what puppy doesn't enjoy treats but if I bake the treat, then it will probably effect the way the glucosamine works on my dog (I verified this w/ my pharmacist friend). So do you have any suggestions on a couple of no bake recipes?


Chef's Answer ~ One recipe to try is the Peanut Butter & Oat Dog Treat Balls. Since your dog will be getting these treats often, you may want to mix it up a bit. One option is to roll the balls in flax seed or sesame seed before cooling in the refrigerator.


  • 1/2 cup milk (low or fat free)

  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky, natural with no added salt or sugar)

  • 3 cups rolled oats


  1. Combine first two ingredients in a large bowl.

  2. Slowly stir in the oats. The mixture will be very thick.

  3. Scoop out the mixture with a cookie scooper. Then roll into a uniform ball shape.

  4. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.

  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. They need some cool time to set up and not be too sticky when touched.

Tips: I would suggest breaking up the glucosamine and mixing it into the peanut butter and milk mixture. Also, natural peanut butter has a higher moisture content than regular. So, be sure to add more milk if you do not use a natural variety.

Storing: These peanut butter dog treats can last in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. You can freeze them for up to 4 months. You will need to ask your vet how long these treats can be made (and even frozen) in advance due to the addition of the glucosamine.

Comments for No Bake Dog Treat Recipe

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Chewable glucosamine
by: Anonymous

You can buy chew-able tablet at Walmart. My dog eats them like a treat.

Chef's Comments ~ Just make sure that the glucosamine is specifically designed for dogs, and not the kind for humans. The chewable variety for humans often contains sugars that our dogs do not need. Plus, it's a good idea to check with your dogs vet to determine how many should be given to your individual dog.

by: Anonymous

i also have a pet with arthritis issues and i gave him Glucosimine and Chondroitin with no noted results..i started him in tumeric golden paste and the result is amazing! no more meds needed and he runs around like a puppy again. email me if you would like more information

by: Lexia

Can the oats be oatmeal

Chef's Answer ~ Yes, the rolled oats are also called Old Fashioned Oats. Do not use the prepackaged, flavored, instant oats for this recipe.

by: Anonymous

Maybe I didn't read close enough but how much glucosamine for a batch?

Chef's Answer ~ This is just a simple no bake dog treat recipe that allows you to put in a vitamin or supplement for your dog. The amount of glucosamine will be determined by your dog's weight or by his Veterinarian.

by: Dr. McCloud

Sounds like a fun recipe- sorry to rain on the parade but I can't help but comment on the milk ingredient. I am a veterinarian so I can definitely not recommend adding milk (cow's) to any recipe for a dog. Dogs and cats are lactose intolerant after they are weaned from their mother. Just like lactose intolerant people, too much dairy.... and diarrhea comes next. You CAN use in its place goat's milk or lactose free milk, or milk puppy supplement that you can get from the pet store. I am a big fan of glucosamine though so keep going with that! Just don't want you to make unnecessary trips to the vet!

Chef's Comments ~ Thanks for your input. The wonderful thing about making your own homemade dog treats is that you can customize the recipe to suit your own dog's needs.

You can substitute the cow's milk for soy, almond or coconut milk. You could also try a combination of a 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth and a 1/4 cup of a non-dairy milk to mix it up even more. :)

by: Rebecca

Could you use plain yogurt instead of milk?

Chef's Answer ~ No. Yogurt is considerably thicker than milk. The consistency would not be right for this dog treat recipe. If you wanted to use yogurt, I would recommend diluting it first. For example, I would use 1 Tablespoon of yogurt to the other 7 tablespoons of milk. But, if you don't need to add yogurt, I would probably leave the recipe as it is stated.

glucosamine treats
by: Anonymous

If you use glucosamine in the tablet for your dog what's the dosage for a 70 lb dog?

Chef's Comments ~ It is best to talk to your dog's Veterinarian regarding dosages for your individual dog.

Lo Cal Ingredient Options
by: SaskPrairieChicken

Dogs do not need sugar so I would ONLY use natural peanut butter(just ground peanuts). Also,I would use either skim milk or skim milk powder but I see no need for this at all. A natural peanut butter and oatmeal should be enough.

Quick question
by: Anonymous

Do you need to use oats because I just made my dogs a frozen dog peanut butter treat and I substituted the oats with dog treat crumbles.
Also do you have any recipes for frozen dog treats my dogs LOVE them.

Chef's Answer ~ Yes, you can substitute the oats for another equal amount of dog treat crumbles or crumbs.

I have several frozen dog treat recipes that you can try, and several suggestions on improvising new recipes from pantry staples.

I hope your dog enjoys the recipes. :)

Can you add Parsley?
by: LuAnn

I know weird question, but for bad breath in our doggie can you add parsley flakes? Or do have another suggestion? Thanks! He loves this recipe. I add a mashed, well ripened banana, since it's a favorite of his. I am so grateful for this recipe!!

Chef's Answer ~ I think adding fresh parsley is a great idea. :)

I also have 3 other dog treat recipes designed for beating bad breath. They are:

Mint Kiss Dog Cookies

Parsley Pucker Up's

Black Beauties: made with charcoal

I hope this helps. :)

What type of oatmeal?
by: Kristie

Hi I was just wondering what type of oatmeal I need to use ( instant / 1 minute / 5 minute / old fashion )

Chef's Answer ~ You always want to use old fashioned rolled oats for your dog treat recipes. They are the least processed and will not include any other unneeded ingredients.

I hope that helps. :)

How many?
by: Lynn

How many Dog Treats does this recipe make?

Chef's Answer ~ The amount will depend on the size of each treat ball. But, if you make them about 1 inch in size you'll get approximately 32 treat balls.

Laceys treats
by: annie

My Lacey girl can only have 2% milk will it work with this recipe?

Chef's Answer ~ Yes, 2% milk will be just fine. :)

no bake treats for dog....
by: Anonymous

I am a male/bachelor, so answer this stupid question please....should I cook up the rolled oats before putting this together....I know somebody who fed oatmeal flakes to a duck, and the oats swelled up in the gizzard, so the people had a dead duck the next day....

Chef's Answer ~ No, you do not need to cook the oats before adding to the recipe. :)

No Bake Glucosomine Dog Treat Regimen
by: Cathy Hatfield


My 11 year old Welsh Springer Spaniel needs glucosomine. I give him the variety that also has MSM for additional pain relief, about and hour before our evening walk.

I use two glucosamine tablets (the same ones that I take, ask your vet for the dosage for your pup). I cut them up with a knife, and mush them to powder with the back of a large spoon. I keep threatening to get a muddler (as used to make Mojitos). Then I squirt a large fish oil capsule onto the mixture. Then I add a teaspoon of peanut butter (be careful, this will add weight and tooth tartar, so you have to deal with that too) and smoosh it around until it is all one homogeneous blob all over a luncheon plate. It takes less time to do than to read this. Licking it all up entertains him for a while, and he gets every last drop!

Then he can walk without a gimp. But don't let him go crazy and walk too much and make things worse, because his pain will be masked.

Glucosamine homemade dog treat
by: Jehnet

Do you have a baked glucosamine dog treat recipe? I have been making liver leather liver jerky and liver crackers but someone suggested adding glucosamine and not sure how much to add? I cook at a very low temperature in a smoker

Chef's Comments - No, I'm sorry, we do not have any homemade dog treats with baked in Glucosamine. Baking with Glucosamine, even at low temperatures, can change its properties. Your best bet is to speak with your Vet, and provide the amount needed per day in a pill form. To make the pills more palatable, use any of our soft homemade dog treat recipes and place the pill inside.

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