How to Make Peanut Butter Free Pill Pockets for Dogs

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Thankfully I am not allergic to peanuts, however any other nut I am (figure that one out). Peanut Free products are everywhere in the grocery stores now, almost all small kids snacks are “lunch box friendly” and even all the local elementary schools are banning peanuts. It didn’t dawn on me till a little while ago that those commercial pill pockets aren’t useful for families who are nut free, let alone the natural pill pocket recipe I posted a little while back. It also is not advantages to the dogs’ that are allergic to peanut butter, trust me there is a lot more than you think.


Experimenting with different ideas on how to achieve the tacky, pliable-ness of the peanut butter I started to wonder if it was even possible to create an allergy friendly version. Then it dawned on me while eating my favorite japanese snack, mochi. The rice is glutenous enough to hold its shape and be formed into small balls – it was perfect!

I came up with two different ways to make these little balls – one the more “traditional” mochi way and the other is a cheaters way.

Mochi Pill Pockets Version 1


1 cup mochiko sweet rice flour (glutinous rice flour)
1 cup any flavour of broth (chicken or beef)
1-2 tablespoons of corn/potato startch


  1. Mix glutinous rice flour in a bowl.
  2. Add broth and mix thoroughly, it’ll be watery thats okay. (will be watery).
  3. Put in a microwaveable dish. Cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Take off plastic wrap.
  5. Cut into small balls slightly larger than the pill size.

You can store it in between parchment paper or wax paper in a air tight sealed container on the counter for up to a week. Or freeze them in the same method for months!

Mochi Pill Pockets Version 2


1 cup of cooked rice (any kind will work) make sure to boil it in a broth.


  1. Let the rice cool completely before transfering into a food processor.
  2. Blend the rice until a smooth texture, small lumps are okay but you mainly want it to be smooth. (add a little bit of water if needed)
  3. Place onto a surface dusted with potato/corn starch, cut and roll into right sized balls.

Like the other method you can have these out on the counter in an airtight container for up to a week or store them in the freezer for a long time.

If you decide to freeze them, make sure  you always have enough thawed pill pockets to disguise your dog’s pills in. You can store them in the refrigerator as well, however watch for moisture in side the container as the moisture can lead to sticky balls.




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