Frozen Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Treats Your Pup will Love

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Reese Witherspoon the Dog Princess-ing Out on the Beach

Who else in the Northeast is sick of this winter weather? It’s tough having a pup this time of year, especially one with so much energy.

In our house, we all find it hard to battle the dry skin that comes along with this bitter cold – even Reese! Once the weather started to deteriorate, Reese’s coat got less and less smooth and shiny.  I did some research and found that coconut oil was a healthy treat for pups with benefits that reached far beyond their skin. Then I found these delicious pupper treats that our girl loves. We feed her one every day from a standard ice cube tray — or a fun shape, larger sized treat if she’s been really good!

Frozen Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Treats
1 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup peanut butter (no xylithol!!)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Melt coconut oil and peanut butter over low heat – don’t let the mix boil. Stir well!

Mix in the cinnamon, and continue to stir.

While you pour the mixture into ice cube trays, make sure to keep the liquids well-mixed. Sometimes the peanut butter sinks to the bottom, causing some of the treats to be essentially all peanut butter and others to be mostly coconut oil.

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Freeze and feed to your favorite pup! Don’t forget to check around for the right amount of coconut oil to feed your dog based on size, and to ease them into a diet that includes coconut oil.

*I found this treat recipe on the Golden Barrel website, but I tweaked it a bit myself because I liked the consistency of the treat a bit better, and because our pup gets a lot of peanut butter other places.

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Oreo M&M Bars

REESEOur dog, Reese Witherspoon the Dog, has heartworm. She tested negative when we adopted her, but it takes 6 months for the worms to “wake up” and register on a blood test, and we found out just 2 months into having her that she was heartworm-positive. I won’t get into the gory details, but the treatment is long and tedious – 2 rounds of very intrusive shots, including overnight stays at the vet, and close to 3 total months of exercise-less bed rest.

Reese went in for her second round of shots on the 14th. She had a 3 day stay at the vet, and I was feeling a little stressed – plus, I missed her! We’ve only had her since April, but she’s already such an integral part of my life. So I did whatever any worried dog mom would do to take her mind off of things – I baked. And not only did I bake – I baked with LOTS of chocolate.

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As it happens, I spotted this post on the Cupcake Chronicles Instagram a week before and had been thinking about these pure sugar bars since. I made them, and they were delicious. Here’s some photos and the recipe, which I followed pretty closely from the Cupcake Chronicles blog.

The recipe called for 1.5 tsp vanilla extract and 1.5 tsp almond extract. Since you can substitute vanilla for almond, and I was out of almond, I just added some extra vanilla in instead. I used a homemade Moroccan vanilla extract I won in a raffle last year, which gave the cookie bars a darker color.

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Whoever says baking can’t be a stress reliever has never put a bunch of Oreos under some wax paper and gone at them with a meat tenderizer hammer.

I hadn’t pressed the M&M’s in enough, so right when the bars came out, I pressed them in a bit more with a fork and let the pan sit with foil over it for a while, which melted them a bit more.

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Overall – great reviews from the house on the taste of the bars, but they did come out too crumbly. Notes for next time – less brown sugar, less Oreos!

Cupcake Chronicles Oreo M&M Bars
1/2 c melted butter
1 c brown sugar
2.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 c flour
15 Oreos, chopped
1 c M&M’s

Preheat to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 pan and set aside.

Mix brown sugar, butter, and vanilla. Add flour. Fold in chopped Oreos. Spread into the greased pan, and press M&M’d into the top.

Bake 12-14 minutes, and cool 20 minutes before cutting.

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