Peanut Butter & Banana Doggie Treats

April 3, 2014

This isn't one of Nanny's recipes, in fact her dog treat recipe was much simpler. 

Take a piece of bolegna, slice it, nuke it until pretty much like jerky. 

The dogs loved her by the way, they also were given Little Debbie cakes when we weren't looking. You can probably imagine now why the dogs liked her better. 

This recipe is far from something Nanny would feed the dogs, but with Ellie getting older I've started focusing on some healthy treat ideas for her. 

Peanut Butter & Banana Doggie Treats via @labride

Ellie once loved peanut butter. I say once because her love for it died down once she realized I was using it to hide her flea medication. 

Then she got super sly and was able to suck the peanut butter off the pill and spit it out untouched. 

Oh that sneaky weenie dog! 

Peanut Butter & Banana Doggie Treats via @labride

Peanut Butter & Banana Doggie Treats

1 banana, mashed
2 cups of flour (whole wheat)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp ground flax seed
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup of water

Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking pans with parchment paper. Combine water, egg, banana, honey, and peanut butter in a large bowl. Gradually add in the remaining dry ingredients. Stir until combined and drop small tablespoon size dollops onto parchment. Bake for about 20 minutes, or lightly browned. When treats are finished baking turn off the oven and leave the treats inside to dry to another 40 minutes.

Peanut Butter & Banana Doggie Treats via @labride

I actually left mine in longer than 40 minutes and just let the oven cool with them in, then I allowed them to cool on the counter for several hours. 

I suggest storing these in the fridge, some of mine began to mold after a week in a jar on the counter. Then again I live far south and the humidity causes mold to creep in quick when it begins to warm up outside. 

Peanut Butter & Banana Doggie Treats via @labride

Many of the ingredients I added in were with the purpose of being good for an older dog. 

Cinnamon - anti-cancer & anti-bacterial proterties
Flax Seed - great source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids (great for their coats)
Eggs - great source of protein. 
Oatmeal - good source of soluble fiber and great for digestion
Raw Local Honey - helps with allergies

I also like to use honey because Ellie has seizures a few times a year due to low blood sugar. Her hypoglycemia isn't severe enough for medicine, but when she has an attack the vet suggested giving her sugar water or corn syrup. A little, and I mean little dose of honey in these treats, and the sugars from the banana give me the peace of mind that she should be good to go while we are at work. 

She has had a tendency to not eat when we aren't around, so a nice little high calorie (for a small dog) snack isn't a bad thing. Especially since she only gets one a day, when she doesn't pretend Jeremy didn't give her one, and we are gone until about 4 every day.