Hannah Kaminsky is a recipe developer, photographer, and dog lover living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author Real Food, Really Fast, Sweet Vegan Treats, and many more cookbooks, which always include at least one treat for our four-legged friends. You can find more of her work at BitterSweetBlog.com.
Note: This recipe is meant as a sweet treat, the same way you might treat yourself to a cookie or cupcake. It is not intended to be a daily topping on your dog’s food.
Creamy, sweet, salty, savory and sometimes even spicy, peanut sauce is the Swiss army knife of dressings. Every culture has their own distinctive approach, but it always comes down to a small handful of pantry staples. This recipe for Puppy Peanut sauce combines smooth, creamy peanut butter with a well-balanced combination of spices, a bit of sweetness, and just a touch of acid for an infinitely adaptable formula. Even though this might sound like a recipe for us humans, we’re not the only ones that find this indispensable condiment irresistible.
I don’t need to tell you how much dogs love peanut butter, do I? In all honesty, you could just plop a spoonful in their food bowl to make their day. Dressing it up with a sticky splash of molasses and creamy coconut milk turns it into a truly special treat, though. From a practical standpoint, thinning it out a bit into a pourable sauce helps spread it out, encouraging your fur baby to eat their whole dinner, rather than heading straight for dessert first!
Peanuts, flax oil or avocado oil, peanuts, and coconut milk are high in good fats and make great additions to help boost your pup’s energy and give them a shiny, lustrous coat. Meanwhile, molasses is a good source of iron, selenium, and copper, all of which help maintain healthy bones.
For those with opposable thumbs, you’ll want to keep a firm grasp on this bottle of liquid gold because it sparkles on everything from salads to stir fries, spring rolls to satay, and beyond. Add a touch of heat with sriracha to appease human palates, along with a splash of soy sauce to round things out. Alternately, take it in the opposite direction with a dab of maple syrup, and you’ll have a dynamite dessert sauce for lavishing on top of ice cream, or dipping into with cut fruit.
This is Puppy Peanut Sauce and it’s a recipe your pup (and you) can love!
Wait, we can put this on our food too, right?
Puppy Peanut Sauce:
2 Tablespoons Flax Oil or Avocado Oil
1/4 Cup Creamy, No Sugar-Added Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Full-Fat Coconut Milk
2 Tablespoons Molasses
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, vigorously whisk together all the ingredients, until smooth. Bring to a low simmer and cook for just 2 – 3 minutes, until glossy, slightly darkened in color, and a touch thicker. Let cool completely before serving.
Store in an airtight bottle or jar in the fridge for up to three weeks.
Makes About 1 Cup
Note: you don’t have to take a beautiful picture after you make the sauce, but you can if you’d like!
How’d it Turn Out??
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