I have wanted to bake some cookies for Flora for a long time. I even bought a cookie cutter a year ago to shape them like a bone. A lot of the ready-made stuff is full of preservative and colourings and I want to be as careful with her food as I am with our own.
In fact, we cook her meals. We have tried a variety of brands of dry and wet food but it seems that Flora reacts badly to the majority of them. After a day or two, she starts to scratch to the point that she bleeds. So after talking to our vet, we decided that it is best to cook her food. We spoil her with a ‘Chicken Risotto’, including a good mixture of chicken thighs, chicken liver, seasonal vegetables, eggs and rice.
Last time we were traveling with her, we were alternating between dry and wet food. On the third day, she was not even interested in the food any more. Usually as soon as you put food in her bowl, she gobbles it up. However this time the food stayed there for a couple of hours. At first, we though she might be sick but then as soon as we touched a piece of bread or any other food, she came begging by our side at once. We then realised that she is hungry but was not happy to eat the store bought food. Therefore, we had to cook her something for the rest of the trip.
Two years ago, I baked some cupcakes for her birthday and she went crazy for them. I take that she really liked them. Not that any store-bought snacks are left there untouched but she is more excited towards the homemade stuff.
This is a very simple recipe which can be easily whipped up in a couple of minutes. I took the opportunity to prepare these, while I was baking and testing some recipes for us and had the oven on. It only includes 3 ingredients which can be easily found in my kitchen… banana, oat flour, peanut butter!
As a side note:
– I never buy oat flour but I always have rolled oats. All it takes is 10 seconds in a blender/spice grinder and ta-da! you have oat flour.
– I no longer buy peanut butter… it is sooo easy to make your own peanut butter at home. I usually buy shelled peanuts, roast them in a pan until golden brown (you can also buy them already roasted), put them in a blender and whizz them up for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy! 🙂
All it takes to bake these cookies is to mix all 3 ingredients together, form a dough, let it chill for a couple of minutes, shape the cookies and bake!
I hope your furry friends will enjoy these cookies as much as my Flora enjoyed them! 🐶
Banana Peanut Butter Dog Cookies
Simple dog biscuits with no additional artificial ingredients
- 70g oat flour
- 1 banana, mashed
- 65g peanut butter
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the peanut butter and mashed banana until well combined.
- Add the oat flour and mix together until it forms a sticky dough. Put it in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with a baking paper/silicone mat.
- Sprinkle some additional oat flour on your work surface and roll out the dough to 0.5cm thickness.
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges starts to brown.
- Place on a cooling rack to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.