Frozen peanut butter celery sticks are the perfect way to keep your dog entertained and happy. These treats are super simple to make and are made with pantry staple ingredients!
Treats are a great way to train your dog, keep them entertained, and (most importantly) spoil them. But, sometimes the treats are filled with not great ingredients. Or, maybe you’ve run out of them and need to entertain your pup during that 10 a.m. zoom meeting and all you have is the celery you bought with the intent of eating healthy snacks (and then never touched).
Whatever the reason, sometimes you need a quick at-home treat to keep your four-legged friend busy. That’s where these Frozen Peanut Butter Celery Chews are perfect! All you need is celery, xylitol-free peanut butter, and anything else your dog likes to top them with.
The other great thing about these chews, is they are pretty healthy for your dog. They are also safe to consume as long as you use xylitol-free peanut butter (xylitol is a common sugar replacement that is toxic to dogs), keep an eye on your dog while they are chewing on this, and only give in moderation (only 10% of a dogs diet should be treats – you can check what their calorie intake should be here).
Ingredients for Celery Chews
These frozen dog chews are super easy to make and totally customizable to your pup’s taste buds. Top with fish, fruit, meat, or anything they love. Then, top yours with anything you love. One for them and one for us!
- Celery: Celery is a great option for a treat because it is so low in calories but high in fiber and water. All of which are important for your dog’s health.
- Peanut Butter: Always use xylitol-free peanut butter! Xylitol is very common in peanut butter but is toxic to dogs. Peanut butter is high in fat though, so ensure the frozen peanut butter topped chews are enjoyed in moderation.
- Toppings: The fun part! Try topping these with blueberries, dried sprat, tuna or even a sprinkle of cinnamon!
Looking for safe peanut butter? Try 365 Everyday Value Peanut Butter, Teddie Super Chunky Peanut Butter, or Kirkland Signature Organic Peanut Butter.
How to make celery for dogs
In just a few simple steps, you will have a delicious celery snack for your dog to enjoy. Plus, since they are frozen, they will keep until the next time you want to spoil your pup!
Step 1: Prep Celery
Wash the celery and trim off the rough ends. Cut each stalk in half to create two equal pieces.
Step 2: Stuff
Use a butter knife to spread a bit of peanut butter onto each celery. Top with your optional toppings.
Step 3: Freeze
Set on a plate or baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Step 4: Store
Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer until you’re ready to treat your pup!
Can Dogs Eat Celery?
Yes! Not only is celery super cheap and readily available, it really packs a punch in the nutrition department. Celery is rich in vitamin A, C, K, potassium, fiber, and folate. It is 95% water and contains no fat. However, there are some things to be aware of. Celery has a pretty high sodium content, hence why it should be given in moderation, and the stringy fiber can be hard on small dogs’ intestines or get stuck in their teeth causing discomfort. So, it should always be enjoyed under your supervision.
Benefits of Celery for Dogs
As I mentioned above, celery is packed with nutrients. To go a little more in- depth, I wanted to explain why each of these are great for your dog’s health.
Vitamin A, C, and K: These all help to support your pup’s immune system response, bone growth, and aid in blood clotting and coagulation.
Potassium: This is essential for proper kidney function. It also helps the heart, muscles, and digestive tract function at their best.
Folate: Folate helps red blood cell production.
Fiber: Fiber helps the digestive tract run smoothly and also provides a feeling of fullness without consuming much food. This can be beneficial for managing weight on an overweight dog. The stringy fiber of celery also helps keeps dogs’ teeth clean and thus reduces bad breath.
High water content: A hydrated pup is always a happy pup!
More Crunchable Pup Snacks
Rhubarb loves anything that crunch and I love the sound of her crunching away. If your dog also loves these crunchy stuffed celery sticks for dogs, here are some other super easy crunchable treats to make at home.
- Chicken Jerky is a very simple recipe that only requires one ingredient and an oven!
- Healthy Homemade Dog Biscuits have the ultimate crunch when enjoyed and only take 3 ingredients!
- 6 stalks of celery
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (make sure to use a peanut butter without any added xylitol or artificial sweeteners)
- Optional Toppings: blueberries, kibble, dried sprat (or anything your dog loves!)
- Prep Celery: Wash the celery and trim off the rough ends. Cut each stalk in half to create two equal pieces.
- Stuff: Use a butter knife to spread a bit of peanut butter onto each celery. Top with your optional toppings.
- Freeze: Set on a plate or baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for at least 4 hours.
- Store: Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer until you're ready to treat your pup!