Peanut Butter Banana Oat Dog Treats

My dogs love peanut butter, so most of the treats I make involve peanut butter.  Obviously, this is not an exception.  These smell so amazing, I almost want to eat them myself.  Except I won’t… because they’re for the dogs.

This is my awesome treat barometer:

If I turn around and see this, I know I’ve done well.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Dog Treats

2 ripe bananas, pureed
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
2 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (do not substitute white flour, white flour is bad for dogs)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine banana puree, peanut butter, oil and egg.  Add cinnamon and oats.  Slowly add flour, incorporating a little at a time until all ingredients are mixed.  Roll into small balls (about 1 inch in diameter) and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  The cookies do not spread, so you can put them close together.  Press each ball down with your hand to flatten the cookies.  Bake 22-25 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown and cookies are hard to the touch.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.  Store at room temperature in a loosely covered container.  They also freeze very well.

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Peanut Butter Yogurt Pops

 

Stonyfield should give me a patent for this.

As the owner of two very smart and active puppies (well, one is very smart, the other is just freaking cute), it has become a challenge of wits to come up with treats that can occupy their minds and jaws for at least 30 minutes so we can have some semblance of peace and quiet in the house.  I’ve tried just about every store bought thing you can think of, most of which lasts about 5 minutes.

This little godsend of an idea came over summer when frozen dog treats are everywhere.  My local pet store sells them for $5.99 a cup!!  Freaking ridiculous, so I decided to make them myself.  My dogs LOVE these yogurt pops, and I love them because the puppies are so quiet as they intensely try to get the frozen yumminess out of the cup.

I use Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Plain yogurt cups ($1 at Giant Eagle) because I’m flavoring the yogurt and I don’t think my dogs need the extra sugar in the flavored varieties, but it’s all based on preference.  You can use any yogurt cup of your choosing, just make sure it’s safe for your dog.  Feel free to try different flavor combinations, this is my dog’s favorite.

WARNING:  Please supervise your animal when giving them this treat.  Do not let them eat the plastic yogurt cup, that would be bad.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Pops

1 Yogurt Cup (I use Stonyfield Organic Low Fat Plain yogurt)
1 Dollop of Peanut Butter (I can usually fit about a rounded teaspoon)
1 Squirt of Honey (about a teaspoon)
A couple shakes of cinnamon
1 6 inch Bully Stick (optional, I get a variety pack online that always has these short guys that I don’t know what to do with)

Open the yogurt cup and discard the lid.  Put the peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon on the surface of the yogurt.

Mix well with a spoon.  I plunge a spoon in and kind of wiggle it on the bottom, so that all the stuff doesn’t come spilling out of the cup.  Insert bully stick in the middle (if using).  Put the yogurt pop in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or until it’s frozen solid.  Give to your puppy and let them enjoy, but always under supervision.

Snickerdoodle Dog Treats

I feel that the health benefits of cinnamon have been all over the news lately.  From helping to decrease stomach fat to helping control sugar levels in people with Type II Diabetes, it seems that cinnamon isn’t just something you put in your oatmeal anymore… although you probably should still do that too.

Do you know that cinnamon has crazy health benefits for dogs as well?  Pair it with honey and you double the potency.  It’s anti-inflammatory properties help ease the pain and stiffness of joints in dogs with arthritis.  For dogs with diabetes, cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar levels.  Cinnamon has also been shown to alleviate pain due to some cancers, especially bone cancer.  Stomach upset can also by cured by cinnamon, this holds true for ailments like diarrhea, excessive gas, and indigestion.  Cinnamon can also help to cure rashes.  It also helps improve circulation, lower bad cholesterol, and has enough fiber and calcium content to help prevent heart disease.

In summary, these treats are pretty awesome for your dog and they will love them.

Snickerdoodle Dog Treats
Adapted Barely from the Bubba Rose Dog Biscuit Company Cookbook


1 1/2 cups oat flour
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 – 3/4 cup water (start with 1/2 cup water and add more as necessary)


To Make:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly.  You want the dough to be crumbly, but able to be rolled into balls. Roll into small balls (about 1 inch in diameter) and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  The cookies do not spread, so you can put them close together.  Press each ball down with your hand to flatten the cookies.  Bake 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown and cookies are hard to the touch.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.  Store at room temperature in a loosely covered container.  They also freeze very well.

Zangief waits patiently for a treat


Carob Chip Cookie Dog Treats

There are days that I don’t feel like dragging out the rolling pin and cookie cutters to make dog treats.  On those days, these are one of my go-to cookies.  They are real simple and use few ingredients.  Plus, they are super cute and my dogs think they are getting an extra special treat with the carob.

Carob is a safe alternative to chocolate that does not contain theobromine, caffeine, or other psychoactive properties of cocoa (which are potentially lethal in dogs).  YOU CAN NOT SUBSTITUTE CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN THIS RECIPE.  Unless you want to eat them yourself, which you could, but they would probably be very bland.


Lately I’ve been seeing the carob chips by the baking stuff in the grocery store.  If you can’t find it there, try looking by the special diets stuff.  Carob chips are vegan.  Likewise with brown rice flour and oat flour, if you can’t find them in the baking aisle, try the gluten-free aisle.  You can also find these ingredients in health food stores or online.

Carob Chip Cookie Dog Treats
Recipe from the Bubba Rose Dog Biscuit Company Cookbook


1 1/2 cups oat flour
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 cup carob chips
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 – 3/4 cup water


To Make:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly.  You want the dough to be crumbly, but able to be rolled into balls.





Roll into small balls (about 1 inch in diameter) and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  The cookies do not spread, so you can put them close together.  Press each ball down with your hand to flatten the cookies.  Bake 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.  Store at room temperature in a loosely covered container.  They also freeze very well.

Chicken Dog Treats

That’s right, in honor of the Steelers going to the AFC Championship, I made footballs!

Have you ever read the ingredients list on your dog food or your dog treats?  It’s probably at least 2 inches long and contains at least 5 things you can’t pronounce.  That’s not what I would consider a “treat”.  I love my pups, and want them to live long, healthy lives so I started looking around for the best deal on healthy treats.

It’s pretty crazy what they charge for organic dog treats in the pet stores, and the homemade treats at the “barkeries” are even worse!  Which is how I started making my own dog treats.  I save so much money making my own treats and the best thing is I know what’s in them.  Your dogs will love them too!  Even if you mess up and burn them, they’re still better than the flavorless milk bones you’re giving them now.  My dogs are so spoiled, regular treats don’t even cut it anymore.
These are one of my favorite treats to make because they’re super easy, and I usually make a large batch of chicken and use the leftovers for chicken enchiladas.
Chicken Dog Treats 

1/2 lb shredded chicken (1-2 breasts)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons oil (olive or vegetable)
1 egg

To Make:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix together shredded chicken, flour, and cornmeal.   In a small bowl, mix together chicken broth, oil, and egg.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until combined (I just use my hands).  Lightly dust a clean, dry work surface with whole wheat flour (white flour is bad for dogs).  Working in sections, roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.  Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes in the dough, and place the treats on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Bake for 18- 23 minutes.  Let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cool flat surface to cool completely.

*These treats are preservative- free, so keep them in an air tight container and store them in the fridge.  They also freeze really well.

Good puppies sit for treats.