Soft Peanut Butter Carrot Dog Treats

Because they deserve dessert too!

Homemade soft dog treats with peanut butter, carrot, oats, and whole wheat flour. FUN and easy to make!

Could this recipe BE any more random? Cue Chandler Bing.

But. If you know me at all. If you have ever seen my Instagram or Snapchat or, I don’t know, if you have ever read my blog before then you know. Oh, you know. This recipe isn’t random at all.

Because. I’m a total DOG LADY.

Hey Jude!

And I’m feeling extra lovey doggie dovey lately because I’ve been away from this face for a month and a half! Well, most of the past 6 weeks that is. I really missed Jude while on tour, but he was in good hands at the in laws. (They totally spoil him.)

Look at how excited and happy Jude is waiting for a homemade treat!

Homemade soft dog treats with peanut butter, carrot, oats, and whole wheat flour. FUN and easy to make!

“Quit your picture taking and fork them over!!”

Anyway, I wanted to show my love for Mr. Jude since I’ve been traveling like crazy and out of the house for so many weeks. His favorite homemade peanut butter bacon dog treats sounded perfect, but I decided to change things up a bit. With today’s homemade peanut butter dog treats, we have an added flavor: carrot. Jude LOVES carrots. When I’m eating them, I usually get the look you see above.

Staring, watching, drooling, waiting.

I threw some carrots into the dog treats and Jude couldn’t be more obsessed.

Homemade soft dog treats with peanut butter, carrot, oats, and whole wheat flour. FUN and easy to make!

Homemade soft dog treats with peanut butter, carrot, oats, and whole wheat flour. FUN and easy to make!

The wonderful part about these homemade peanut butter carrot dog treats is that they are super soft. Jude loves crunchy treats, but I think the fact that these have a completely different texture (and peanut butter, duh) is why he loves them so much.

And they couldn’t be any easier to make! Simply combine the ingredients together in a large bowl– a one bowl recipe right here! Roll it out into 1/4″ thickness and use cookie cutters to make shapes. The size of the treats should be based on the size of your dog. Jude is the size of a horse, so the big treats are perfect. We still break them up for him.

Then, just bake the treats until browed. They may seem crunchy when you take them out of the oven, but they quickly soften up from the carrots inside.

Homemade soft dog treats with peanut butter, carrot, oats, and whole wheat flour. FUN and easy to make!

Usually I bring half the batch over to other dog parents in our neighborhood, but freezing also works. See my make ahead tip in the recipe! 🙂

Before beginning, please check with your vet about any allergies your dog may have. If you have any questions or concerns about the ingredients I used, please consult with your vet.


Soft Peanut Butter Carrot Dog Treats

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: fifteen 4-inch treats or thirty 2-inch treats
  • Category: Dog Treats
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Soft-baked goodness for our pups!


  • 1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) skim milk
  • 1 large egg (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
  • 1 large carrot, shredded (or 8-ish baby carrot)– around 2/3 cup shredded
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (290g) whole wheat flour*
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (30g) oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, egg, and carrot together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
  3. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into 1/4″ thickness. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10 more minutes. Want the treats to be a little more crunchy? Bake for 5 more minutes.
  4. Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  1. Freezing Instructions: Since the pups can’t eat the whole batch in a week, I usually freeze them. Jude loves them right out of the freezer too! The treats freeze well up to 2 months.
  2. Flour: Unbleached all-purpose flour is safe for dogs, but whole wheat was more highly recommended by our vet because of its added health benefits. Again, please consult with your vet about any allergies your dog may have.

Keywords: peanut butter carrot dog treats, homemade dog treats

And just for fun, here is a picture of Jude as a pup. I can’t even handle it. His Eeyore stuffed animal was his absolutely favorite! ♥


Q: Do you have any pets? What kind? What is his/her name?

Homemade soft dog treats with peanut butter, carrot, oats, and whole wheat flour. FUN and easy to make!


  1. My BoJangles kitty wasn’t too impressed with these, but the neighbor pups loved them. Now I have a treat to take with me when I go visiting. A+ Gal, good job. Tell your pup to keep up the good work. p/s : I added some Baco Bits to mine, just as an added touch.

  2. I’d love to try your recipe out but there is no recipe here anymore….It’s just two photos and 2 paragraphs. Maybe you were using an old plugin? Very frustrated 🙁

  3. Me and my son made them today they came out great thank you so much for the recipe and help! The broth worked great as a substitute, can’t wait to make more for my German Shepherd  “Beauty” and can’t wait to play with other ingredients 

  4. Just how soft are these? My baby girl is turning 14 this weekend and I wanted to make her something special. She does not have a lot of teeth left, so it has to be reasonably soft. Thanks!

  5. Sally these were so good that I ate as many as my dogs did! The carrots made them so perfectly sweet that no sugar is needed, and they were even better than most people treats!!

  6. Would this also be a good treat for puppies? Mine are about 8 weeks and active. I would like to start training and would like these also as a reward. 

    1. I don’t feel comfortable making recommendations for puppies, but I’d check with your vet. I can’t see why not though. I made homemade treats like this for my new puppy and he loved them!

    2. I did check with my vet and with the ingredients I got the ok! So I made them last night with pumpkin and the puppies love them!

  7. Wpuod they still come out soft if i use sweet potato instead? I heard thats great for dogs my Chihuahua is 11 and he is starting to lose teeth and i wanted to make him something was thinking i would substitute the milk for broth too!

  8. Baked these for our 14 year old chihuahua who needs soft food and she LOVES them.  Made them small, pinched off pieces of the dough just larger than a quarter rather than rolling out and cutting and worked great.  Cut the baking time down to 10 minutes per side and they turned out perfect.  Popped them into snack size baggies for weekly portions and put them in the freezer.  Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  9. These turned out great! I cut them out with a star cookie cutter and took some to dog people at work. They loved them! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I needed a recipe for softer teeth, as I have an older rescue who has tooth/jaw problems, so these are perfect. Her three year old son likes them too!

  11. Thank you so much for this recipe. We adopted our dog when he was 10, and his teeth were in bad shape then. Now, at 16 (99 in people years!), he has very few functional teeth left in his head. The ones that haven’t crumbled or broken off are far and few between, and he has a hard time chewing his kibble these days. He loves Milk Bones, but it’s getting to the point that they’re just too hard for him. I wanted to make him a lovely soft cookie so he could still have a treat every day. This fits the bill, as he loves peanut butter and LOVES carrots. You’re a lifesaver!

  12. Good recipe. it was super easy to make, and is friendly for somebody who doesn’t like exact measurements. The dogs seem to like them, however I though they were a little bland 🙂 They turned out crispy but not hard at all. My dads toothless dog seemed to have no trouble with them. Thank you for sharing this.

  13. Just made a batch of these for my dog Ruby and they are a hit! Very easy to make too. I will be making these again! Thanks for a great recipe!

  14. Can you substitute organic coconut flour for the wheat flour? I’m trying to go grain free for my 14 year old Chihuahua.

  15. I have been looking for a soft treat recipe for my pup, Davey. He is an 18 year old Chiweenie & it’s hard to find treats in the store that are soft enough for him. These sound like it will work!

  16. Hi Sally,
    I prefer to feed my dogs grain free food and treats but I love the sound of these. I have a good flour substitute but do you have any suggestions for the oats? Maybe just leave them out altogether and use add more flour?

  17. I have two spoilt yourkies! They hardly have any teeth due to their breed. I hope these are soft enough for my little ankle bitters!

  18. The reason many dog food companies now offer “grain free” dog food is that vet. clinical research shows dogs cannot absorb the nutrients in grains & those grains can obstruct the digestive system. All nut flours, excluding macadamia nuts, are great substitutes for wheat, and oats (not a grain) are wonderful for canine digestion. If you can’t find oat flour, pour 4 cups of old fashioned oats into a Cuisinart with the steel blade attachment. Put on the lid & plug the fill spout and let ‘er go until you can see a fine cloudy look on the clear plastic bowl. You want these oats to turn into powder before measuring them, then slowly add them to the wet ingredients. You may need less then the wheat flour amount. Our dogs love the almond flour best so I use that for dog food treats & because our rescued dogs also have few teeth, I slightly underbake the treats, cool them covered with foil, then immediately place them in freezer bags and pop them into the freezer. Bring to room temp in the bag before serving up some goodies.

    When using natural peanut butter, whisk it thoroughly as the oil separates quickly and if not properly mixed, can leave oily streaks in the batter.

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