This week was my Boston Terrier’s 10th birthday. I thought I would commemorate the occasion by making some organic dog treats. Admittedly I don’t give my dogs “treats” other than baby carrots because I’m so paranoid about the weird ingredients of dog foods and treats considering it’s not a fully regulated industry. Not only that but the gourment-style dog treats we all know and love are SO expensive. So why not make my own?! 🙂
I decided to take to the internet and find a recipe for homemade treats, and I figured what better source than Whole Foods. Right? So this is where I got the following recipe (sans the parsley because my dogs don’t like parsley.)
Enjoy! Woof woof!
• 1 Banana
• 1 cup of flour
• 3/4 cup of rolled oats
• 4 tbs. of organic peanut butter
• 1 egg, beaten
• and just a splash of warm water to keep the mixture from drying out while mixing (maybe 3-4 tbs. of water at most and only apply as needed.)
Preheat oven to 300°F. Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly. Add flour, oats, peanut butter and egg and stir well to combine (add a splash of water of mix is overly dry). Set aside for 5 minutes.
Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each; transfer to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2- to 2-inch) coin. Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.
Storage note: It’s best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Or, freeze them to give to your pal later; just be sure to thaw the treats befor handing them out.