A Dog Treat That is Also Human Friendly Too!?
So I am sure you are thinking how can a dog treat be human friendly too!? Aren't they full of offcuts of meat and lots of ingredients that we have never heard of that will make us sick?!
The reason is that dogs aren't just big carnivores and only want to eat meat, they also love to eat similar snacks to humans so with the recipe we are going to share with you, you will be able to make a big batch and share them with your 4 legged friends!
The treats are made up of just 3 ingredients and ingredients that you are likely to have in the house.
This recipe contains bananas, oats and natural peanut butter.. that's it, nothing else!
You will need:
* A large mixing bowl
* A rolling pin or something that could be used as a rolling pin (wine bottle?!)
* Cookie cutters (Optional)
* Baking Tray
* 1 large or 2 medium ripe Bananas - the older the better!
* 220g Rolled Oats (Gluten free if you or your dog is allergic)
* 45g Natural Peanut Butter - Please make sure that there is NO added oils, sugars, preservatives, or flavouring!
Brands that are safe are "Whole Earth", "Meridian", "Nuts about Nature" - If you don't have 1 of these in the cupboard and you are unsure as to whether it is safe, check the ingredients and if it has "Xylitol" in it then DO NOT use it as this is toxic to dogs!
By making these treats, you can then be sure that the treats you are giving your dog have no added sugars, no rising agents, no oils, no gluten (if using gluten free oats), no nasties or hidden surprises!
If you want to make them for multiple pups or for you and your pup to share then just double or triple the recipe!
Once you have all of your ingredients, you can now start creating your natural doggy treats!
* Put the oven on 180c
* Line a baking tray with baking paper
* The next thing is to start creating the mix. To do this add the peanut butter and banana and mash them together
* Then add the oats to make a "dough" - all 3 ingredients should now be well combined.
* If the dough is crumbly or not sticking together, add 2-4 more tablespoons of peanut butter so that it is firm, sticky and pliable (similar to if you were making choc chip cookies)
* Once you are happy with your dough, take it out of the bowl and roll it out into a slab, roughly 1/4 inch thick
* If you have cookie cutters then start using them to create your cookie shapes, alternatively, take a small piece of dough and start shaping it into small balls and then flatten them slightly - in the same way as you would if you made cookies
* Place your cookies onto your baking tray - be careful not to place them too close to each other or they will all merge into a giant cookie!
* Put them in the oven and bake for around 10-15 mins until they are slightly brown - watch them closely to make sure that they don't overbake!
* Once they are done, take them out and leave them to cool before giving them to your pup!
The great thing about these cookies is that you can put them into an airtight container and pop them in the fridge and they should keep up to around 3 weeks or if you want to batch cook them, you can keep them in the freezer for months and then defrost them as and when you want to share them!
Now the hard work is done, sit back with a cup of tea and share your treats with your furry friend, they will love you forever and will be begging for more!