The three Monsters in the photo were very happy to help taste test the recipe in this post. My "wolf pack" are my babies and are spoiled rotten, if you can't tell.
Over the last few years there have been an abundance of recalls of pet food and treats for various reasons. The pet food supply is very similar to the Human food supply in that things seem to frequently go wrong and food gets recalled for dangerous contaminations, or we find that food and treats may be made with unhealthy ingredients causing food allergies and various chronic illnesses.
Since my pets are a big part of my family, it is important to me to know what I'm feeding them. My goal is to keep them as healthy as possible, keep their food as sustainable and Earth friendly as I can, and save money.
I stumbled upon this super easy recipe for dog treats that are made with just 4 ingredients! The ingredients are all human grade so you can eat these cookies too, or at the very least, you don't have to worry if you have kids who like sharing treats with the dogs!
Easy Banana Peanut Butter Treats
These treats are super easy to make and are relatively healthy for your dog. I had some over-ripe bananas that I needed to find a use for so I adapted this recipe from one I found at another site that used Pumpkin and Peanut butter!
A very important note: Check the ingredient list on your peanut butter. Xylitol is a sugar substitute used in some peanut butters and is toxic to dogs.
2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 Ripe Banannas
1/3 cup Peanut butter
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (farenheit, not Celcius). If you don't have a non-stick cookie sheet, line one with parchment paper or non stick tin-foil.
Mix the wet ingredients (pumpkin, peanut butter and eggs) in a medium bowl with an electric mixer or a spoon until blended.
Add the flour and cinnamon and mix until a stiff dough forms
Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about a 1/4" thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into the shapes you want. You can get really creative with this. I use a shot glass to make little round buttons for my dogs.
Bake for about 20-25 min until the edges begin to turn golden brown. Feel free to adjust your baking time based on how your dog likes his/her treats. 20 min gave my treats a crunchy outside with a chewy center. 30 min produced an audible crunch inside and out. Play around with it and see what you and your dog like best! Make sure you allow it to cool completely before letting your pet taste test!
These treats will last about a week at room temperature in an airtight container or ziplock bag. In the Fridge they can be kept up to 3 weeks and if you decide to make a huge batch you can put some in the freezer to make it last about 3 months. Just allow the treats to thaw out before giving to your pet.
Your dog will love these simple to make treats and you can feel good knowing they are enjoying clean, healthy ingredients without any added preservatives or chemicals that may eventually make them sick. As an added bonus, making your own dog treats is a great way to save money as all of these ingredients are inexpensive and you probably have them in your pantry already!