Yet another perk of Autumn is that it brings perfect weather for dog walking (at least here in the Mid-Atlantic states). When you’re out on a nice long walk or hike it’s always good to have a few small treats in your pocket, especially if you’re still training your dog to walk properly on a leash. These little no-bake treats are great for throwing into a zip-lock bag and taking with you on your outdoor adventures. The recipe is very simple. Just remember to allow yourself enough time for the treats to firm up in the refrigerator before you head out the door.
When my dog Pacey is on a walk, he is on a mission: he doesn’t want to stop to smell the roses, he doesn’t want to be petted, and he will not take a treat. Therefore, I wasn’t able to actually get these treats genuinely taste-tested on a long walk. But my slightly overweight chihuahua really enjoyed them while hanging out on the couch at home.
Dog Walk Energy Bites
Makes about 16 treats
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup natural peanut butter chips
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon molasses
1. Place the coconut, peanut butter chips, oats, and wheat germ in a bowl, and stir to combine.
2. Add the honey and molasses to the dry ingredients, stirring well until all the the dry ingredients are well-coated with the honey.
3. Use a tablespoon to take a scoop of the mixture. Use your hands to squeeze and roll the mixture into a ball. (The mixture will be very wet and sticky, so this part can be a bit messy.)
4. Arrange the treats on a tray or large plate and put them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm up. The treats should then be stored in the refrigerator.
NOTE: A tablespoon is a good-sized scoop for most dogs. If you’ve got a little dog, you may want to make the balls slightly smaller. Try using a 1/2 tablespoon or (for really small pups) a teaspoon. This recipe makes about 48 teaspoon-sized treats.
I got the idea for this recipe from a batch of “human cookies” that have a Hershey’s Kiss hidden in the center. I switched up the ingredients to make these cookies dog friendly, but they are still really tasty for humans too. The cookies are also very quick to prepare and travel really well on long walks or car trips.
If you want to be extra fancy, you can roll the treats in finely chopped peanuts (unsalted), shredded coconut, or carob powder before putting them in the refrigerator to set.
No-Bake Hidden Treasure Cookies
Makes about 45 treats
2/3 cup natural peanut butter, no salt added
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup oat bran
2 tablespoons wheat germ
Unsweetened carob chips, as needed (about 1/3 cup)
1. Place the peanut butter, honey, oat bran, and wheat germ in a bowl, and stir until well combined.
2. Take about 1 teaspoon of the mixture, and form it into a ball around 1 carob chip. Repeat until you’ve used all of the mixture.
3. Allow the cookies to set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
These treats should be stored in the refrigerator. They also freeze well—you can actually serve them right out of the freezer if your dog likes chilly treats.