Saturday, August 30, 2014

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats

Since Little C's favorite animal is a dog and apparently National Dog Day was a few days ago, we decided to make dog treats for some of our doggie friends. We do not ourselves have a dog but counted 8 doggie friends of ours! I looking through a few recipes and decided on one that was simple and used the ingredients I had on hand. Although to be honest, the bacon cheddar dog biscuits did sound like something I'd want to eat...

Here's my little sous chef in action mashing bananas and mixing the dough!

A new feature I've decided to add to my recipes is a "Cooking Supplies" section at the end. I love homemade food but since I could definitely do without the cleaning, the cooking supplies section is meant to help you use as few tools as possible to make the dish and therefore have less to clean!

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
Yield: 2 dozen biscuits
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  1. Crack egg into a large mixing bowl and beat lightly. *Note: when cooking with kids I leave the eggs until the very end to avoid them putting any raw egg in their mouths. In this case, crack the egg into a separate small bowl and mix in at the very end.
  2. Add banana and mash well.
  3. Add flour, oats, parsley and peanut butter and stir until all the flour has been absorbed; this may take a couple minutes. Set dough aside for 5 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 300° F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Using about 1 tablespoon of dough for each biscuit, roll dough into 24 balls. Place on cookie sheets and flatten with the back of the spoon or the heel of your hand.
  6. Bake 40-45 minutes, until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom.
  7. Cool completely then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze.

Cooking supplies:
  • Fork - mash banana, beat egg (if your kids are cooking with you, a potato masher is better for them to use to mash the banana)
  • 1/3 cup measure - measure oat flour, oats and parsley (eyeball a little extra to make it a 1/2 cup)
  • Tablespoon measure & spoon - scoop and measure peanut butter, spoon dough onto cookie sheets
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cookie sheets & parchment paper
(Recipe adapted from Whole Foods Market)

Of course when you're all done baking, make sure you package your gifts appropriately...

...and deliver to your favorite four-legged friends!



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