DIY Peanut Butter Cheerio Dog Treats

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DIY Peanut Butter Cheerio Dog Treats

A simple homemade dog treat with just a few ingredients, but that your pup will love. I bet that you actually already have Cheerios and peanut butter in your kitchen, which makes this dog treat recipe even better since no trip to the store is needed!

Let me get started with the question of the day about this dog treat!

Can dogs eat Cheerios?

Yes, your dog can have Cheerios but it is not recommend as a meal replacement or in large amounts. As an occasional treat your dog is perfectly safe. The only case in which Cheerios might be an issue for your dog is if they have a grain sensitivity – but you would probably know that and decide this is not the right dog treat for your dog!

I would not recommend Honey Nut Cheerios or any other type except for the plain version due to the additives in the other flavors.

Now let’s get to the recipe!

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats Recipe

The most important thing to now about this recipe is that you want to use 100% natural creamy peanut butter that does not contain Xylitol! Please make sure you read the ingredients to ensure that ingredient is not listed as it is toxic to dogs.

peanut butter cheerio dog treats recipe


  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter (make sure there is no Xylitol!)
  • 2 ½ cups original cheerios (not honey nut or any flavors due to sugar content)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 ounces apple banana strawberry baby food
  • 1 egg
Ingredients for peanut butter cheerio dog treats.


1. Melt the peanut butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave.

2. Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl.

Dog treat ingredients.

3. Thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together ensuring the Cheerios are well spread out in the peanut butter. If you see most of the Cheerios at the top, you will need to mix some more.

ingredients being mixed for dog treats
Ingredients all mixed together in a bowl.

4. Use about 1 tablespoon of mix and roll into an approximately 1″ ball. Pack them tightly to ensure they stay stuck together.

5. Place balls on a cookie sheet about 1″ apart

6. Bake for approximately 9 minutes at 350 degrees.

7. Allow the treats to cool and dry out so they become a bit more crunchy.

Storing The Treats

The treats should stay good for about a week in an airtight container. You can get a few extra days if you put the container in the refrigerator.

I made mine for an American Pit Bull Terrier, if you do have a smaller dog, you can make the size a bit smaller – or larger if you have a bigger dog. You can also play around with the baby food flavors as well if your dog prefers a different flavor.

Oh, and if you are a real adventurer – take a bite of one of these treats for yourself! They are pretty darn tasty as a people treat too!

Dog have stinky breath? Try or fresh breath dog treats that are filled with healthy ingredients and parsley to help with bad breath.

cheerio peanut butter treats for dogs

Peanut Butter Cheerio Dog Treats

Yield: 1 1/2 Dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes

Delicious and crunchy peanut butter and Cheerio dog treats you pooch will love.


  • ¼ cup natural peanut butter (make sure no Xylitol is added)
  • 2 ½ cups original cheerios (no flavored kinds due to sugar content)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 ounces apple banana strawberry baby food
  • 1 egg


  1. In a microwavable bowl melt the peanut butter for about 30 seconds
  2. Mix all the ingredients together
  3. Roll balls to about a 1” size. You’ll have to squeeze them together tightly to make them stick together. 
  4. Place on cookie sheet
  5. Bake 9 minutes at 350 degrees
  6. Cool and dry out a little before serving
  7. Put leftovers in an air tight container


  • Make sure you mix the ingredients well to avoid having more cheerios at the top and more dough at the bottom. 
  • You can substitute different baby foods or use regular cheerios.
  • Don’t use sugar free peanut butter - this can be toxic to dogs

Jill Caren CharityPaws

Jill Caren

Jill is an avid animal lover who spends her time helping animal rescues by photographing homeless pets and through her work on CharityPaws.

She is currently owned by Cleo, an American Pit Bull Terrier and Snoopy Cat. Her inspiration comes from her girls Ginger and Riley (RIP) – pit mix sisters who were loved family members for almost 15 years.

You can find her on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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2 thoughts on “DIY Peanut Butter Cheerio Dog Treats”

  1. You said NOT honey nut Cheerios but then in the recipe that’s what is called for I assume this iss a misprint

    • OMG I feel stupid! Yes, definitely a typo and definitely NO honey nut Cheerios due to the sugar! Thank you so much for making me aware of this. Sorry for any confusion! Jill

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