Cooking for Dogs – Apple Peanut Butter Rings

Cooking for Dogs

You know what they say about an apple a day, right?
Turns out, it’s not just something your Mama told you to trick you into putting down the candy. Apples pack a pretty powerful nutrient punch, making them a great snack for you – and your dog.

A is for Antioxidants.
You might not know this, but right now, your cells are creating oxidizing substances. Be it a human body or a canine one, oxidative stress can be really hard on your cells. The substances create free-radicals which roam all over your body wreaking havoc. Some believe that oxidative stress is a part of what causes our bodies to age. Antioxidants, like the ones found in apples, are kind of like super heroes for the body, helping to neutralize those oxidants.
More juicy benefits.
That’s not all; studies suggest that eating apples can reduce your risk of some cancers and the risk of stroke. They can help to reduce cholesterol and they have a history of helping with bathroom issues and other intestinal problems, like IBD. Apples are full of pectin, a fiber that is soluble, fermentable and insoluble, a combination that maximizes its fiber benefits. Apples are all around good stuff, but I have a confession to make.

Apples don’t excite me.
Yeah, they taste OK. Sure, they’re nice and juicy, but…is that it? An apple always leaves me feeling a little lack luster. I don’t snack much, so when I do, I want to enjoy those snacks.

Apple Nut Butter Snack

Amping up the apple volume
I love to pair apples with one of my favorite foods – peanut butter. The rich nuttiness of the butter and the crisp sweetness of the apple are perfect companions. Every time I grab an apple snack Kolchak and Felix are right there, snouts forward, silently begging for a piece.

Can you blame them? Apples & peanut butter are delicious!

Homemade Apple Peanut Butter Snacks

You probably have everything you need to make these delicious Apple Peanut Butter Rings already in your cupboard.

• 1 large apple
• 2 tablespoons peanut or any other nut butter
• Granola or other yummy crunchy topping (Kolchak and Felix) are grain intolerant so instead of granola, I used crushed grain-free, peanut butter dog treats on theirs)

Core the apple and slice it into thick rings. Spread one side of each slice with nut butter and sprinkle with your topping. Enjoy! It’s that easy to make a healthy and delicious snack that both you and your dogs will love!
What other ways can you jazz up an everyday apple?

Jodi is a canine nutrition and small animal naturopathy student hailing from beautiful Vancouver, BC. (That’s in Canada, eh?) She loves to experiment in the kitchen, creating tasty (and healthy) treats for her two dogs, Felix & Kolchak and the rest of her family. Jodi’s blog, Kol’s Notes follows the antics of the irrepressible Kolchak as he celebrates good food, good friends and the good life.

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  1. Sharon Gilbert says

    I always forget about putting peanut butter on an apple for Schooner and Skipper and adding a little something on top. Thanks!!

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says

      I bet Skipper will like it. Schooner must just lick the yummy stuff off. He’s crafty that way!

  2. Love this recipe for both me and my dogs! I’ll have to try it out. I’m not a big fan of plain apples either, so this is awesome!

    • Our goal is to try and keep the majority of the recipes shared on Two Little Cavaliers to be entire family friendly so people can see it doesn’t take a lot of work to ensure their pets are getting enough healthy foods in their diet.

      • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says

        We’re having a lot of fun coming up with snacks to share with pups & people. Kolchak and Felix love it when the camera comes into the kitchen; they know it’s going to be good!

  3. Looks delish! I love apples or bananas with peanut butter and that is the only way my lab Slater will eat a banana. I haven’t tried apples with him yet so I’ll have to give this a try. I’ve heard that apples are one of the worst for pesticides so I try to buy organic or at least wash thoroughly and peel them.

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says

      You’re right – apples are sprayed by all kinds of junk. Is you can get organic ones that is great, otherwise thoroughly wash the outside with veggie wash, then peel it!

  4. Benny & Lily says

    I think our mouths are watering
    Benny & Lily

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says

      Lily, I think you should tell your Mama that you deserve a peanut butter snack to help you recover from your knee injury. It’s only fair!

  5. ShellieAndBrutus says

    Never thought about this-thanks for sharing! Brutus will love this

  6. L. D. Pegram Boyle says

    Biscuit loves fruit, besides eating her dog food.I Never leave the peel on apples, and always peel a potato, or sweet potato, because they are toxic to animals.Biscuit will eat any kind of fruit vegetable, that is safe for her.I make peanut butter treats for Biscuit, and keep in fridge after baking them. Biscuit just loves the treats, but limit what she eats.

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says

      Sounds like Biscuit is lucky to have great people! My dogs really love fruit and veggies too – more than most regular dog treats.

      As long as the skin is well washed to remove any yucky pesticides, the apple skin is safe and where most of the apples natural pectin is found. The stems and the pips or seeds should not be consumed (by anyone) not just dogs, as they contain a very small amount of cyanide. If the seeds are swallowed whole, it’s not too scary, since the seed shell protects you from digesting the insides, but if you chew up an apple seed, then it will release the toxins within. The good news is that you would need to eat quite a few apple seeds to experience a reaction, so you don’t need to worry too much if you swallow one or two.

  7. What a great idea! I missing having a dog, but we have our hands full as it is! 🙂

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  8. That looks yummy!

  9. These sounds wonderful!

  10. sounds very gourmet – even good enough for humans! yummy! Any dog would love this!

    • Kolchak, Felix & Jodi says

      Definitely good enough for humans! This is one of those great snacks that I can sit down and share with my dogs without feeling guilty. We all love it. I just hate it when they give you those “puppy dog eyes”.

  11. What a fantastic idea, I’ll have to remember this one!

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