I care about the nutritional status of all members of my family – including the four-legged ones. They have nutritional needs too. For instance, did you know that dogs had a requirement for Omega-3’s (just like humans do)?!
We never buy store bought dog-treats. I don’t exactly know why. Instead I’ll give Clyde, our four-year old Bluetick Coonhound, a carrot, apple slices, a few pieces of leftover meat or one of his favorites, refried beans. Does anyone else’s dog love refried beans? I think it’s quite bizarre, but one day I accidentally dropped some on the floor and the rest is doggie history.
With some free time for the first time in years, I decided to reward my pup with a special homemade dog treat. For most of my first trimester it was just me and Clyde at the house as I finished my Dietetic Internship. Clyde couldn’t say anything, but I’m pretty sure I could see the sympathy in his eyes all those mornings I was sick. He kept me exercising during those rough few months, because he certainly wouldn’t let me forget when time rolled around for an evening walk.
The treats are simple to mix up and only require ONE bowl. The dough is extremely thick! I found my cookie cutters at Wal-Mart. They were kind of big so I would usually break a treat in half. Next time I think I will search for a smaller cookie cutter.
Clyde absolutely LOVED the treats. Make these homemade treats to celebrate the special dog in your life!
- • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- • ¾ cup Milk
- • 1 large Egg
- • 1 cup Carrot, Shredded (approx. 1-2 large carrot)
- • 2 ¼ cup Whole Wheat Flour
- • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
- • ⅓ cup Oats
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats. Set aside.
- Combine peanut butter, milk, egg and carrot together in a large bowl. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to use your hands to work in the flour. Dough will be very thick and heavy.
- Roll the dough out to ¼” thickness using a floured rolling pin. Cut into paw-friendly shapes using cookie cutters. Place on baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, flip the treats and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- Allow treats to cool completely before serving.
- *Note: This makes a BIG batch – freeze some if needed! They last around one week at room temperature.
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.