Air Fried Puppy Poppers

These Puppy Poppers are puppy-tested and approved! All natural ingredients too! These easy air fryer dog treats are super simple to make and are great for gift giving too. Pop this to a pup and you'll get a wag and a lick.

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Air Fried Puppy Poppers

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 8 m
  • Total Time: 23 m
  • Servings:


  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cup oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Combine the applesauce and peanut butter in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Add the oats, flour and baking powder, and mix together until a soft dough forms. Roll the dough into balls about ½ teaspoon in size.
  2. Pre-heat the air fryer to 350ºF.
  3. Spray or brush the bottom of the air fryer basket with oil. Place 8 to12 balls into the air fryer basket. Air-fry for 8 minutes, turning the balls over halfway through the cooking time. Repeat with the remaining poppers.
  4. Allow the cooked poppers to cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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  1. 5 stars
    Well, I made half the recipe to make sure they are liked. They sure didn’t last for two weeks though. On the third day Trixi somehow got into the treats and, well, no more treats. Now we have to work on walking them off first before I decide on making more. This is a really wonderful, fast and delicious (yes, I tasted them) recipe. Thank you Meredith.

  2. My daughter has a severe peanut allergy so we stay away from peanut butter flavored treats for our dogs. Could I substitute another nut butter, like almond butter? She would love to make these treats for our two treasured dogs as well as for her friends’ pets.

    1. Hi Cristy. Almond butter is safe for dogs (and a personal favorite of mine!), so sure – substitute the almond butter. Do make sure to read the label, however (as I’m sure you do all the time) since many almond butters are made in the same factories as peanut butters.

  3. 5 stars
    I also tasted the dog biscuits. Not my favorite, but my friend’s dogs gobbled them up. On their recommendation I give them 5 stars;

    1. Oohhh. I KNOW she would like them, Sheila, but they do have about 53 calories per treat (if you make 50 treats). That might be too much, OR it might just make it a special treat.

  4. 5 stars
    I made your air fried puppy treats & the dogs absolutely loved them. I have two of your air fryer recipe books & abosolutely love them too.

  5. 5 stars
    Have followed you for years and have a couple of your cookbooks. I have been making these since I found the recipe in your cookbook. My English Lab loves them and so do her friends!

  6. I have not made the jet but I have been making homemade dog treats for over 10 years and I have always heard that baking powder is not good for dogs I don’t think there’s anything really that you can substitute they always said it just snapped would be is risen as human treats

    1. Hi Diane. Baking powder and baking soda aren’t good for dogs when eaten in large quantities raw. It’s because of the expanding properties, but once cooked, both of these chemical leaveners are neutralized and are no longer a problem. Hope that helps.

  7. 5 stars
    I have a 40 pound 1/2 Gordon Setter 1/2 Border Collie and she loved these! I only made 1/2 a batch and got 24 treats. I did feel like the dough was a little dry, so I added about 1 tablespoon more applesauce. I air fried in 2 batches and then used the dehydrate feature for an additional hour, as I’ve made other dog treats and have had a problem with mold. These are holding up well.

    1. Hi Patti. You could use olive oil, flax oil or coconut oil instead of applesauce. The purée of another high-pectin fruit should also work. The substitution of a fruit purée should be the same amount as the applesauce. If you choose to add olive or flax oil, add it gradually and use just enough to bring the dough together. The oil will add calories to the treats but is still safe for dogs.

  8. High Meredith, i have not one but two old english mastiffs and one yellow lab. 140lbs. 145lbs. and 60lbs. How many treats for all these dogs should i make?

  9. 5 stars
    Gave them as a gift to my next door poof dog. I bet he loves them. My 2 miniature schnauzers give them 5 stars! Thanks, Meredith!

    1. Hi Lisa. It is really up to you.The recipe will work the same, but the pups really don’t need the added sugar that regular applesauce contains which is why I used applesauce with no sugar added.

  10. 5 stars
    I made these for holiday presents for my Aunt and cousins dogs. Everyone loved them and already asked for the recipes. Thanks Meredith from two happy puppies in NYS.

  11. 5 stars
    My dogs devoured these. I used AP flour, but would like to use whole wheat flour the next time I make these. Do I need to make any adjustments?

    1. Hi Jan. Sure, I think that would work well. I have never tried it but the applesauce adds a little flavor and moisture to the dough. If it seems too thick just add a tablespoon or so of water.

  12. Have a large air fryer and was able to make in 2 batches. Have 7 dogs big and small snd they all love them.

    1. Yes, you absolutely can freeze these and then just cook them when your pup needs a treat (but be sure to let them cool first!).

  13. 5 stars
    So my oven is on the fritz right now! And I wanted to make some dog treats for our 2 hounds.. prices keep going up in the store on treats so I happened to run across your recipe for the air fryer we have 2!
    My dogs absolutely love these treats and there so easy to make with just a few ingredients!
    I had to make some for my sister’s dogs and they ate them in up I had to make another batch!
    Thank you

  14. Mine was VERY dry at first—crumbly. I had to add a little water to help them stay together while cooking. Hope my daughter’s dog likes them—sure he will. I wanted to make him something nutritious and this recipe is perfect for that!

  15. I made this puppy poppers for my Grand-doggie. They looked almost like yours….heehee. Billy, Loved loved them. Now im going to try your other puppy treat recipe. Thank you for all of your fabulous recipes.

  16. 1 star
    This was a fail for me. Extremely dry dough; I couldn’t use all of dough because dough would not hold together. And the treat size before baking was 1/2 teaspoon? Tiny to maneuver balls and turn over half way through baking time. Flattened balls before air frying on second batch; still crumbled when turning. Third batch, did not turn over at all. And left to cool for a minute on fryer tray before removing to cooling rack. With a half teaspoon size, no way did my poppers grow to the size shown in picture with recipe. Bottom line…dough recipe could use more moisture. Also, don’t turn poppers over. Since I have a batch of crumbs basically, I will be using as a food topper only.

  17. 5 stars
    Hi Meredith, I made these for Bailey and she loved them and am going to make more, but am curious as to what the purpose the baking powder is in this recipe?

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