While Rosey is a great little girl, she has a sensitive stomach. And we know all about what to feed her NOT to feed her but still, not all treats agree with her.
There is one commercial brand of treats she likes but it’s not cheap. So, while we were baking cookies for humans about a month ago, I decided to experiment with making Rosey’s treats.
And guess what? She LOVES these Peanut Butter Nuggets and she doesn’t throw up! I substituted peanut butter with soy butter once and she was ok with them too. I just have to make sure I don’t give her too many because it’s rich in oils from EVOO and flax seeds. Learned it the smelly way. There is no salt or sugar in these; dogs don’t need them. And I make sure to give her only about 3-4 pieces a day since she only weighs about 13 lbs. I purposely made them small bite sizes but you can make them into any size or shapes you’d like, depending on the size of your furry kids.
On a side note, this is the discussion I had with Em while making them.
Me: Oh, maybe we can make a doggie bone shaped mold. I think I saw a tutorial somewhere using soda cans.
Em: NO!!! No soda cans. No BPA for Rosey!!
Ouch! What. was. I. thinking??!?? … suggesting BPA lined soda cans for our pooch!! I mean, I would have picked one out of a neighbor’s recycling bin but still, to think to use it to make a mold for Rosey! What a horror! Guilty as charged! *Walking away with tail tucked between my legs*
Anyway, after being slapped on the wrist by my sixteen year old, we used an old olive oil bottle cap to stamp out the circles. Then, Em pinched the edges in, to make little flower shapes. We even made heart shaped ones out of measuring spoon set we had. And even the bits and pieces were baked.
Peanut Butter Doggie Treats
*I don’t write ‘organic’ on my ingredients, in general, because I assume you know I always mean organic. Pets are part of our family so why not use organic ingredients for them too?
- 1 C. Flour
- 1/2 C Flax Seeds – rich in Omega-3
- 1/2 C Oat – fiber
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 C Peanut Butter or Soy Butter – actual nuts are not good for dogs but butters are good
- 1/2 C Milk
- 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- 1 Large Egg and the shell – shells are rich in calcium
- Beat the egg in a large bowl and set aside the shells.
- Add Flax Seeds, Oats, and the egg shells into a blender and pulse well until all are incorporated and blended. The mixture will get a little moist since flax seeds will release oil. Scrape down the side and make sure oats are grounded and blended in well. Why the egg shells? Egg shells are great for dogs since they are rich in calcium!
- Add the remaining ingredients to the large bowl with the egg and mix together well with a wooden spoon.
- Turn on the oven to 350°F
- Once all the ingredients are well mixed in, knead the dough on a cutting board until all the dried ingredients are well mixed in.
- Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and stamp out the desired shapes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- You know they are done, when the treats are hard.
- Stored treats in a glass container with a tight lid should last about a month or so. And if you wish, label the jar so humans in the house don’t eat them. Ingredients are safe for human consumption but whether they’d like the taste or not, that’s another story. Besides, it wouldn’t be fair to your pooch if humans ate their snack.
Warning: Uncontrollable panting, excessive whimpering, barking, begging, and targeted attack on the holder of the treats by your furry kid is a normal sign. Proceed with caution when giving treats and as always, watch for signs of “overindulgence” in the post-gastronomic product.
In other words, don’t blame me if you have to clean up mushy poop after giving into your pooch’s uncontrollable desire to finish a whole bowl of these treats.