If you love to have your dog share in all the fun of Holiday Season, these easy peanut butter and eggnog dog treats can help you out.
Eggnog is a holiday staple, but dogs can't have the same eggnog we do.
Many dogs are sensitive to dairy, dogs shouldn't have sugar and definitely can't have alcohol. Plus nutmeg is toxic for them.
But this recipe is totally dog-safe, and they'll love it!
As well as being delicious, these eggnog dog treats are also nutritious.
The ingredients include nutrient dense peanut butter, healthy oat flour, banana and honey, plus other dog-friendly eggnog ingredients such as a probiotic enhanced goats milk powder (formulated for dogs) and a touch of cinnamon.
* I love this particular powdered milk because it has the added benefit of probiotics, but you can use any powdered goats milk (there are several options that are specifically designed for dogs), powdered coconut milk, or whichever you prefer.
The Honest Kitchen also makes a dog-friendly eggnog powder which I've used before, but due to supply chain issues it isn't available right now.
Nutmeg is toxic to dogs!
Eggnog traditionally contains cinnamon and nutmeg, but when you're making an eggnog flavored treat for your dog do not use nutmeg.
Nutmeg contains a narcotic compound called Myristicin which is highly toxic to dogs.
Nutmeg can cause a dangerously elevated heart rate, disorientation, seizures and hallucinations in dogs.
While the tiny amount of nutmeg generally used in baked goods or other treats is unlikely to cause serious side effects for your dog, it wouldn't take much to cause problems, especially for a small dog. So best to avoid this spice altogether.
Interestingly, eating too much nutmeg can cause similar problems for humans, but we would need to ingest MUCH more to reach that point than dogs would!
This recipe is super easy to make. The dough tends to be soft and sometimes a little sticky, so add extra flour as needed.
You can chill dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before rolling out to make it a little easier to handle, but it's not essential. I usually just take it from bowl to rolling pin!