Are you looking for a cheap, easy, but healthy alternative to dog treats?
You can easily make it at home! Rather than purchase treats with a ton of additives, you can make something tasty for your pup that is virtually no hassle.
Your dog will literally flip out as soon as they get one bite of these! My dog loses his mind over anything that smells like peanut butter.
For this recipe, you literally just need three ingredients to get the job done!
- 1 1/2 cups of uncooked oatmeal (ground down)
- 1 large banana
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter (without xylitol)
Some peanut butter brands without xylitol are Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, and Nutzo Organic Smooth Power Fuel, Peanut Free. Luckily, Jif is an easy-to-purchase peanut butter sold in most grocery stores nationwide.
It is very important to note that you should be using a peanut butter without xylitol. It is extremely dangerous for dogs. According to VCA Hospitals, this is what happens to dogs if they consume xylitol:
“This occurs because xylitol may not be completely digested in the intestines until the digestive system adapts. Xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure or even death in dogs.”
Once you’ve got your ingredients, you can follow Alex’s recipe easily:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a food processor or blender, grind your oats until they are powder.
- In a bowl, beat together the banana and peanut butter until smooth. A few small chunks of banana here and there is ok. The dough should stick together, but shouldn’t be sticky.
- Reserve about a tablespoon of ground oatmeal and pour the rest into the banana peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.
- Dust your surface with the reserved ground oatmeal and roll your dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake treats for approximately 15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
- Cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to a week.
Alex suggests adding more peanut butter to the mixture if the dough is too try. What dog would ever say no to extra peanut butter?!
To make these treats even cuter, you can purchase a dog bone cookie cutter to make each treat shaped that way.
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One commenter shared with Alex just how much her dog loved these treats after she made them:
“Thank you for the recipe, I made them this morning and all three dogs loved them. I scored them on the baking sheet into squares like Cheezits so we could also use them for training treats. Based on another comment, I ate one too. I’d rather have a choc chip cookie, but it was certainly good!”
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Source: Munchkins and the Military