These dog treats are made with natural ingredients: they have whole wheat flour, oats, no-fat milk, an egg, some parsley and their favorite ingredient, peanut butter.
The pictures and recipe for this post were ready since before Christmas (as you can see by the ribbon), but the post kept being postponed and was giving way to other “human” recipes until today, when I finally saw it and remembered how much dogs loved these treats. So here it is.
I have to confess, nonetheless, that I am a cat person; Loreto calls me “the cat lady”, when I’m in Edmonton, all of a sudden our backyard fills with stray cats, they come and visit, hang out in our beautiful oasis, maybe hoping to be rescued and upgraded to an indoor life. We already have two cats, though, and a small house so, sorry, no vacancies. I’ve never had a dog in my life, but I love them to pieces.
Even if we don’t have a dog at the moment, we sometimes babysit my step daughter’s dog when they are on holidays. She is a gorgeous Thai Ridgeback, sweet and timid, named Scarlet. Scarlet has a brother, Ruger, funny, loving and energetic. We love when they come and visit and they are really affectionate with us. Maybe it’s because Loreto cooks good food for them and I bake them treats 😉 ?? Anyway, they both adore these cookies, as well as my neighbour’s dog Andy, a Cocker Spaniel with big, soft eyes, and Cooper, a Bernese Mountain dog, Loreto’s guitar teacher funny dog. Every class Loreto takes, he makes sure to bring some treats for Cooper. And he is rewarded with a big smile. I am so happy to bake for them something good, natural, and healthy.
Let’s make these dog treats!
Few ingredients, but good, exactly my motto: whole wheat flour, better for them than the refined all-purpose, oats, no-fat milk, an egg and their favorite ingredient, peanut butter! Yes, peanut butter is a favorite treat of many canines: not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, and vitamins. I then added some parsley, a secret breath freshener for your pooch 😉 .
When I started making these treats I didn’t have the cutter, so my cookies were roundish, but they still loved them! Some time ago I bought the bone shaped cookie cutter and the fun quadrupled. For me and for them 😉 .
I can’t speak for myself about the taste of these biscuits, although I guess I could have tasted them since they’re made with natural ingredients, but according to their reaction, the wagging tails, the begging for more, and the licking of their chops, they must have been delicious.
Song of the day: “All you need is love”, The Beatles.Print
- 1 cup (255g) natural creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup (180ml) nonfat milk
- 1 large egg (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
- 2 cups (244g) whole wheat flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup (30g) oats (either whole-rolled or quick oats are fine)
- 1 tsp dried parsley powder
- Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour and baking powder.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and parsley. The dough is extremely thick and heavy.
- Using a floured rolling pin, cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom.
- Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup.
Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze them for up to 2 months.
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