Peanut Butter, Banana & Oatmeal Dog Cookies

This recipe for dog cookies is super easy and only has three ingredients. My dog Jessie Belle loves peanut butter so she gives it two paws up.

Peanut Butter, Banana & Oatmeal Dog Cookies

(makes about 2 dozen)

1 1/2 cups old fashioned or steel cut oats (not the quick kind)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 banana

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor pulse oats until they are broken up into a coarse flour.

In a large bowl blend together banana and peanut butter with a hand mixer. Once creamed together, add all but 2 tbsp of the oats and mix together well, then form with your hands into a big ball.

Put a sheet of parchment on your counter and spread with reserved oats. Put the ball mixture in the center, sprinkle with some of the oats to prevent sticking and roll out with rolling pin, until the dough is even and about 1/8" thick.

Using your cookie cutter of choice, cut out your cookies. (You may need to re-roll out the dough a couple times to keep getting enough room to cut your cookies.) Use a spatula to transfer the cookies onto a greased sheet pan.

Bake cookies for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks, then store in an airtight container.

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Arf!

 

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews

Jessie Belle loves snacks. Hates dog food - loves snacks.

Sweet potato chews are a great dog snack because they are healthy and dogs love them, especially JB. They also take more than two seconds for her to gobble down so I can get away from the begging for a minute or two.

You can buy different styles of sweet potato snacks at PetSmart or Petco or online at Drs. Foster & Smith, but it's so easy (and cheap) to make them yourself. This bag of taters from Trader Joe's cost me $1.69:

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Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews

2 lbs sweet potatoes, skin left on
Pam cooking spray

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. 

Using a sharp knife, cut the sweet potatoes into disks about 1/4" thick. The thicker they are the better they'll hold up in the oven.

You could get fancy and use a mandolin to cut your sweet potatoes, but not everyone has a mandolin and sometimes it's more trouble than it's worth anyway. Cutting them into rounds also ensures the treats will all be around the same size and therefore easier to store. Plus if you want to make these for gifts (homemade holiday gifts anyone?!?), they'll look better in the packaging.

Spray 2-3 baking sheets/pans with Pam. Lay the disks on the sheets in a single layer.

Bake the sweet potatoes in the 200 degree oven for about 6 hours or until they are done how you want them. Since what you're doing is essentially dehydrating the potato, bake less for chewier snacks; bake longer for crispier snacks. Trust me, your dog will like them either way.

Here's how they look when they come out of the oven:

Cool completely then store in an airtight container. 

Woof xo