Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

We all know Sam had a good time at the K-Oss Pawty with his new fur-iend, Anne. When he came home (past his curfew I might add) he kept reminding me about all the terrific treats there and began guilting me into making more treats for he and Elsa. “Ok, ok I said. I’ll make some more treats.” Seeing his hang-dog look and hearing those heavy dog sighs every time he walked past this sight made me realize how truly mistreated he is. NOT! but that’s another story.


I have been trying to get Sam to eat more veggies and fruits as long as I can remember, both of which he has soundly rejected. A few chews and then he spits them out into a mushy spot on the floor. The little Ninja Hoover aka Elsa, however is more than happy to gobble up any blueberry, apple slice, peas or green beans offered and it’s made Sam reconsider his limited thinking on those kinds of foodables. Now he sits patiently while I dole out those healthy snacks so I wanted to find a recipe that might have apples or applesauce. A quick check of the ole pantry showed a nice jar of unsweetened organic applesauce so I was off to the races…otherwise known as the Google Oracle to find a recipe. It contains peanut butter, oats and applesauce. A few minutes with the KitchenAid and Voilà! A new favorite is born. From this…

'Pawnut-Applesauce' Treats
‘Pawnut’ Butter-Applesauce Treats

To this…in no time!


For those of you interested in the recipe, Sam wanted me to share it so all his fur-iends could enjoy this tasty treat.

‘Pawnut’ Butter ~ Applesauce Treats

3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups pick-cook oats
1 cup ‘pawnut’ butter (Xylitol free please)
1 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil (I used 1/2 cup of coconut oil)


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix all ingredients well but don’t over mix. Knead the dough on lightly floured surface (if dough is too loose or crumbly, you can add more coconut or olive oil). Roll to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. You can also make small double balls if you don’t want to use any cutters, they’ll be fine, just not as cute as a paw or bone shape). Place on cookie sheet approximately 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and serve. Store in airtight container in fridge for up to a couple of weeks.

Easy-peasy. Your fur-ball will love ’em and you’ll love knowing they are eating something tasty and healthy. Just don’t let them guilt you into too many. That hang-dog look only goes so far.

Live, love, bark! <3

47 thoughts on “Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

  1. Love love love this💜💜 treats are a great way to get veggies & fruits into a resistant dog.
    Nugget doesn’t like fresh strawberries but one of her favorite treats is a strawberry oatmeal treat she drools for. The other is a Quinoa Spinach treat she loves. Anything peanut butter of course.
    And yes the cookie cutters now a days are incredible I have a drawer full:)

  2. I am going to try these treats. Ottie will happily eat broccoli but despises apples or carrots or pumpkin. Does not have a sweet tooth. Will see how he does with these as he adores peanut butter.

  3. We love peanut butter and apples in our house so we think this recipe would be a big hit!! Now if we could only get lazy LP to actually make them for us!!;p

    the critters in the cottage xo

  4. Mine go for peanut butter every time! Started making my own treats a short time ago and love doing it. Going to have to give these a try when I need more treats. 🙂

  5. It doesn’t matter how many fruits or veggies Luke happily scarfs down, Cricket is not sold on them. So we definitely have to bake them into something and I’m way overdue to do so! I just need one more day per weekend…..

  6. I’ll have a look for Peanut Better on shopping day and have a go at making the treats when Annabell is out at her Ladies Group – just me, Benji and The WaWa.

  7. I hear you on trying to get the dog to eat more fruits and veggies. Pretty much the only ones Rita wants to eat are sweet potatoes and these baked string bean snacks I get. Sadly, my nutty girl doesn’t even like peanut butter! She’s so odd.

  8. Anything with peanut butter is a hit in this house. I’ll have to try this recipe, they look tasty! By the way, Sam, Teddy is totally with you on the veggies and fruits. If it doesn’t contain fat, dairy or meat, he’s not interested. His idea of a good treat would be a pork chop slathered in butter and whipped cream for dessert. Sadly we don’t serve meals like that in this house!

    1. ‘Pawnut’ butter is a huge hit around here (along with oatmeal strangely enough). I’m happy Elsa is beginning to show Sam other forms of food to enjoy and hope Teddy will at least give it a try. But I kind of like his fat & dairy theory of good food. 😍

  9. Our dogs are masters at guilt. I will try your recipe. I also have a book of “good for them” type of dog cookie recipes if you ever want more variety. Riley’s favorite has tomato paste and cheese in it.

  10. I will give the peanut butter a try… I once drove to 87 stores to get it (it’s not common here) and as I came home with a big jar, Easy gave it a sniff and said: no, thanks ;o) …maybe Phenny likes it ;o)))

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