I love to know exactly what I’m putting into my babies’ bodies, and am continuously making sure my babies are getting the nutrients they need to thrive. I do this for our furry family as well. Many dog-food brands out there put things in their products that are fillers, and not beneficial to a dog’s health. So, I love to make my fur-balls treats that I know are beneficial, and a change from their usual dog-food.
I think it’s so much fun to make homemade dog treats, partially because if they don’t taste good my dogs will still eat them! J But, really – I know they taste good because my kids even like them! Don’t worry, they are completely ok to eat because they are made with food that we normally eat! Below is the recipe both my kids and pups LOVE…
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Banana Dog Treats
Prep Time 10 Min
Cook Time 10 min
1 ½ cup oatmeal
½ cup peanut butter (***xylitol free – very important)
1 ½ cup flour
1 jar of “Pumpkin Apple” baby food
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.Blend oatmeal in a food-processor until it’s in a powder form, its ok it it’s still a little chunky; set aside.
3.In a separate bowl put banana and peanut butter together and smash until smooth, then add the baby food.
4.Add oatmeal and mix well.
5.Add flour slowly about ¼ at a time until dough starts to form, and is no-longer sticky.Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
6.Roll out dough and use cookie cutters to make shapes (they have really cute dog treat shapes.)
7.Place cookies on tray and cook for 10-15 min or until cookies start to brown, flip cookies over and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool and let your dog (or kids – haha) enjoy the yummy cookies!!
**NOTES: Make sure your peanut butter doesn’t contain Xylitol because it is toxic to dogs. Always check with your Vet if you have questions on giving your pet new foods.
*Fun Fact: Sometimes dogs are sensitive to certain dog foods; most people think it’s due to grains, so they go for grain and/or gluten-free foods. That is not a bad thing to do, however, grain-free is not necessary. About 90% of dogs that have food-allergies are sensitive to the types of proteins that they are eating. So, if your dog is having stomach/skin sensitivity try switching to a different protein like salmon or lamb. It is wise to give them about six weeks without any other type of protein (even in treats) to help narrow down the specific protein allergen.