A few weeks ago we learned that there was a recall on quite a few types of dog treats. This is the third time a food or treat I feed my little guy has been recalled. The thought of feeding him something dangerous to his health breaks my heart. What breaks his heart? When his 'mummy' won't give him any treats. He enjoys a good snack. Jeez, can't imagine where he gets that from [wink].
My quest to keep him happy, healthy and enjoying snacks has lead to exploring homemade treats. It's something that I have been wanting to do for years and years, but for one reason or another I haven't done it. The main reason is that I'm not quite sure what constitutes a healthy treat, but since China seems to be putting lots of gross stuff in the treats, I figure some relatively wholesome ingredients won't hurt him.
Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1/3 Cup Margarine [slightly melted]
1 Cup Boiling Beef Broth
3/4 Cup Cornmeal
2 Teaspoons White Sugar
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
2 Eggs, Beaten
4 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
Combine and mix rolled oats, margarine, and boiling beef broth in large bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes [this helps the oats absorb the liquid]. In a separate bowl, combine cornmeal, sugar, milk, peanut butter, and eggs – mix well – and then add the oats mixture. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time and knead dough until it comes together. Roll out dough to 1/2″ thickness and choose cookie cutters based on the size of your dog.
Place on a non-greased cookie sheet [they don’t rise and spread out like cookies do] and bake 35 to 45 minutes at 325 degrees.
I couldn't wait until they came out of the oven and cooled off to give Jax one. When offered a homemade peanut butter biscuit, he took it and ran. Success!