Ask any dog and they'll tell you peanut butter is at the top of their favorite flavors. The problem is not all peanut butter is created equal. Most commercially made peanut butters contain added white sugars, trans fatty acids, and aflatoxins which as explained in Dogs Naturally Magazine are considered toxic to both dogs and humans. Now several brands have begun adding Xylitol which is great for diabetics but extremely toxic to dogs!
So what can you do? I suppose the first choice would be to eliminate all peanut butter from your dog's diet. Maybe a better option would be to limit the amount of peanut butter your dog eats and make your own fresh peanut butter thus eliminating the added white sugars and trans fatty acids. The key is to purchase raw peanuts which you would shell and roast yourself or peanuts already shelled and roasted.
If you, like me, prefer the second option then be sure to read the ingredient label. You're looking for peanuts, nothing else! I like Planter's Dry Roasted unsalted peanuts which have 0 trans fats because they're cooked without oil and are endorsed by the American Heart Association. What you don't want are the ones containing ingredients like salt, spices, dried onion, dried garlic, paprika, natural flavor, sugar, gelatin, torula yeast, cornstarch, dried corn syrup, and maltodextrin.
This peanut butter tastes like "real" peanuts and the whole process only takes 5 minutes!
Really Natural Peanut Butter
Cook Time: None
Nutrition facts: 74 Calories per Tbsp., 54 Calories from fat Total fat: 6.0g or 9% (0.8g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
- 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
- Place the peanuts in a blender or food processor and pulse a few times just until they are chopped.
- Run the blender or food processor continuously for 1 minute. Stop and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. The peanut butter will look gritty and dry at this stage.
- Run again for another minute. Stop and scrape down the sides. The peanut butter will start clumping together.
- Run again for another minute. Stop and scrape down the sides. The peanut butter will look glossy and soft.
- Sprinkle the sea salt and honey over the top of the peanut butter and continue blending until it becomes completely smooth and spreadable. You can add a tablespoon or two of peanut oil if it's too thick and dry.
Adding the peanut oil makes the peanut butter creamier while adding the honey makes it a little sweeter. Both are totally optional.