I have been on a roll with the baking this weekend.
It’s one of my favorite things to do but I usually steer clear because once you bake it, you obviously have to eat it. It’s the burden one must bear.
Allow me to offer up one recipe that we don’t have to limit ourselves on.
Primarily because it’s dog treats.
But also because it’s super healthy for our canine friends.
I had never even thought about pet health beyond the typical “keep them alive” stuff. You know, buy the tastiest sounding bag of Friskies, walk them regularly, make sure to clean out the tank. That kind of stuff.
Then Oscar, my handsome man-cat, developed a diet-related health issue (apparently Friskies doesn’t support healthy PH levels–who knew?) that set us up with a lifetime subscription of vet-prescribed kitty chow. That’s when it became very real to me (and my wallet) that it matters what we feed & how we care for our companions.
Whether we’re proud to admit it or not, a lot of us like to include our furry friends in the holiday festivities. They become family. And aside from the poop-scooping, they don’t argue & they don’t complain so they deserve a little somethin’.
Well, this is the perfect recipe for Fido that also just so happens to be last minute, easy DIY approved.
PEANUT BUTTER BANANA DOG TREATS
WHAT YOU NEED
2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 large or 2 small bananas
2 TBS molasses
2 drops Ginger Vitality oil
WHAT TO DO
Preheat your oven to 350º.
Add two cups of oatmeal to a processor, manual or otherwise, & process until it starts to resemble flour.
I usually leave mine somewhere in the middle–mostly flour with a few whole oats left.
Toss your flour-ish oats into a bowl for safekeeping then add your bananas, peanut butter, molasses, & ginger vitality to the processor.
Ginger is da bomb for digestive & anti-inflammatory reasons. So a spot of ginger vitality really boosts the healthy factor.
I’ll admit, I ran it a few rounds with just the bananas before adding in the rest of the ingredients. I wanted them to be a bit more liquid than solid first. To each his own.
P.S. It’s ok to leave some chunks in the banana mixture.
Then scoop out your rather interesting looking batter into your oat flour.
(At this point, Andrew came in & said “yum, when do I get to try these?” And I was all “ew.”)
Mix it all together until it forms into a ball of dough. It will be sticky–no getting’ rid of that PB & molasses.
But it shouldn’t stick to you or the bowl.
You’ll want to flour your surface before rolling out the dough.
You can save use some leftover oat flour OR you could go into gourmet chef mode and dust your counter with a mixture of whole oats & flaxseed.
It sort of gives the treat a crispy, toasted surface.
And if I were a dog, that’s what I’d want.
Roll out your dough until it’s about 1/4″ thick.
Find your cutest, seasonal cookie cutter & keep cutting out shapes until you’ve used up every last bit of this peanut butter goodness.
Lay out your treats on a lightly greased cookie pan, I used coconut oil (like I do for EVERYTHING else).
Bake about 15-16 minutes or until the edges are golden-crispy.
Once they’ve cooled…well, spoil your puppy!
Or wrap them up for Christmas Day but quality control is a given.
Dah! I can’t believe there are only two days left in our 12 day series & I’ve reserved the most last minute DIY’s for the end.
I can’t wait to share DAY 11 with you tomorrow. Thanks for dropping by today, friend! xx