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Peanut Butter Banana Dog TreatsOne of the girls at work says she wants to come back in her next life as my dogs. I do too! They’re spoiled boys but I can’t help myself. They’re cute and sweet and cuddly and all that good stuff. I love them!!

I threw away Riley’s store-bought dog treats this weekend because they had some nasty ingredients in them. I bought them because both the dogs like them, but they can’t read labels, so it’s my responsibility to do that. I didn’t like what I read, so out went a nearly full bag of treats. Sorry, pups!

With all the warnings about dog treats I’ve been seeing, I decided to make them myself. I’m lazy and didn’t want to bring out the rolling pin / mat (I would have to bend down to get them out of the cabinet) so I searched for the lazy girl’s dog biscuits. Lucky me – I found a recipe, and I even had a banana!

This recipe has 5 ingredients, doesn’t require a rolling pin and cookie cutter, and you control everything that goes into them. No nasty chemicals! If your dog doesn’t do well with wheat, use a substitute flour (see the original recipe). My dogs do fine with wheat, so I used normal, all-purpose flour.

I mixed these in my stand mixer with the paddle, then let them sit for 5 minutes to soften the oats. I scooped them with my cookie scoop and got 14 treats. The dough is a bit sticky so I pretended they were peanut butter cookies for me and dipped a fork in flour to pat them down. I used a bit too much flour but my taste tester ate it anyway. 😉 PB Banana Dog Treats

I baked them on 2 cookie sheets because I wasn’t sure if they’d spread. They didn’t, but I don’t know that I could have gotten them all on the same sheet anyway.

I’ve got to admit they smelled pretty good when they were baking! Now every time I go into the kitchen, I see all these cookies on the cooking rack. I have to remind myself that even though they are peanut butter and banana cookies, they aren’t for me!

Spoil your dogs and make these treats for them. You’ll like how simple they are!

 

Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats

Inspired by this recipe from Whole Foods

 

Stuff you need:

1 banana, peeled

1 egg

1 cup flour [I used all-purpose. You could use whole wheat or any other flour.]

2/3 cup rolled oats

3 Tablespoons peanut butter

 

Now what?

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Put the banana into a mixing bowl and whip until it’s fairly smooth.

Add the egg and whip until incorporated.

Drop in the peanut butter 1 Tablespoon at a time.

Mix the flour and rolled oats, and add to the mixture.

When all ingredients are incorporated, set aside for 5 -10 minutes.

Scoop into balls using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon and put on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. [I used one of those non-stick liners.]

Dip a fork into flour and press down like a peanut butter cookie.

Bake at 300 for 40-45 minutes until dry and golden brown on the bottom, switching the cookie sheets halfway through the time.

Cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the frig. They can be frozen but should be thawed before serving.

 

 

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I said I wouldn’t be one of those people who cooked for their dogs. And then we brought Riley home.

4 ingredient peanut butter Dog TreatsHe had a cough and choked on his hard food, so on Day 2 I found myself cooking up some brown rice, egg whites and cheese. I thought that would hold him over until I could get some softer dog food.

Well, I didn’t stop there. New dogs require training, and training requires treats. Treats are expensive, so when I saw this post for DIY Dog Treats that uses only 4 ingredients, I thought I should try them. I had everything in-house and I already had the oven on!

These are super-simple to make, and so cute too! I would have used a bone-shaped cookie cutter but I don’t have one so I used the heart. The Pretty One has been making fun of me since he saw them! As he says, just a day after I said I wouldn’t cook for a dog, I baked him treats. And not only did I bake him treats, but I cut them into little heart shapes! He’s taken great delight in showing them to his sister and his friends. I’m glad I’m here to amuse him. What are mothers for, right?

I got about 4 dozen treats from the batch using a 2″ cookie cutter. I’ve read some comments on other blogs that some dogs don’t do well with wheat. Riley hasn’t had any trouble with them, but if your dog is sensitive to any of the ingredients, the simple solution is to not make them. 🙂

Oh, and you should freeze whatever you don’t expect to use within a week. I checked the batch yesterday (2-3 weeks after I made them) and they’re growing fuzz.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Stuff you need:

2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)

1 cup milk

Now what?

Preheat oven to 375′F.

In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead.

Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 18-20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container.

Make sure you keep an eye on them, because they tend to burn easily.

Freeze whatever you won’t use within the week.