Get some tails wagging with these healthy 3 ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats. Full of peanut buttery goodness and officially taste tested & approved by Chester!
Have you ever looked at the ingredients in the dog cookies that are available at the grocery store?
When Chester joined our family last year I was pretty shocked at the junk that is in most of them and as I make an effort to fuel myself with healthy, unprocessed foods I don't see why what he eats should be any different. When I did find some that I was happy with they were pretty expensive.
That's when I decided that I would make my own Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats and Sweet Potato Dog Treats. I have been making them weekly ever since.
I kept meaning to post the recipe as I am sure quite a lot of you also have dogs, but until just over a week ago I only had a Christmas tree shaped cookie cutter. Chester really couldn't care less what shape they are but the pictures wouldn't have been very appropriate! I finally got round to picking up a bone shaped cookie cutter last week so now I present to you
my Chester's Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats.
HOW TO MAKE BANANA PEANUT BUTTER DOG TREATS
These Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats are so easy to make and only have three ingredients. The dough is made in minutes in a food processor, then rolled out and cut into cookie shapes. They cook for longer than regular human cookies as they need to dry out completely and become hard.
Once cooked and cooled they keep well in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.
I struggled like mad to get the photographs for this post and we went through nearly an entire batch of cookies. We got there in the end though and Chester enjoyed his photo shoot rather a lot.
Check out that satisfied little face...And the crumbs stuck in the chin hair!
Chester always knows when I am making his cookies and lurks in the kitchen under my feet the whole time. He absolutely loves them and has even been known to eat them as cookie dough.
They have been thoroughly taste tested and approved!
These cookies are designed to be eaten by dogs but all of the ingredients are suitable for humans too. I actually quite like them and have been known to steal one occasionally!
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU MAKE THESE DOG COOKIES
Now for the boring bit but I felt I should mention this so please bear with me....
This is regarding the peanut butter you buy and use. A lot of the varieties available at the store have all sorts of added ingredients. Make absolutely sure in this recipe that the peanut butter you use has NO additives and just has peanuts as an ingredient. There are peanut butters available with xylitol as an ingredient which is extremely toxic for dogs to eat. A lot of them also have added salt which is not good for dogs either.
Also bear in mind that these additives are no good for you or your children either. Personally I only ever buy peanut butter that has one ingredient and that is peanuts. I would advise that you do too. It is pretty easy to come by in most stores.
See this article regarding xylitol and dogs.
Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 180g / 2 cups rolled oats , or quick oats
- 85g / ⅓ cup peanut butter (make sure your peanut butter has just peanuts as an ingredient and no salt or other additives)
- 1 medium banana , make sure it is very ripe
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Add oats to a food processor and process until a flour like consistency
- Add peanut butter and banana
- Process until a dough ball starts to form. Add a drop or two of water if it wont come together. Usually it does without any though.
- Turn out onto a clean surface and roll out to about 3 mm thick
- Place in oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes. Watch them carefully near the end. You want them hard but keep an eye on the bottoms so they don't go too brown.
- Leave to cool on the tray then transfer to an air tight container.
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