Bark! Bark! That’s what my dog told me after giving him one of these treats!
My dog, Milo, is particular about the sorts of treats he likes. I partially blame my parents who dog-sit him when I am away on vacations where he can’t join. My parents have this bad habit of feeding him things they shouldn’t and he has developed a taste for “human” food. For the most part, he will adjust to his normal self when he returns home, but he never loses that want for human food.
I try to feed my dog food with quality ingredients and no mystery low-nutrient fillers or stuff that I would never want to consume. Right now, Milo grudgingly eats his run-of-the-mill dog treats, so I decided to make some treats based off his likes. I do like getting creative with recipes, so this was right up my alley.
Food and treats can be customized to your dog’s breed—Milo is a rescue mutt, but mainly a Chihu-wah-wah—health needs, preferred flavors, and free of preservatives and shelf stabilizers.
However, it is extremely important to do some research on the types of “human” foods dogs can eat. Well-intentioned dog treats can be severely harmful to your pup if a life-threatening ingredient is ingested. For example, most people know chocolate is bad for their dogs, but did you know avocado, grapes, garlic, and almonds are too?
I came up with a researched list of some foods that are healthy and good for your dogs:
- Berries: Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries (Milo likes his frozen)
- Melons: Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe
- Peanut butter
- Apples (not the core/seeds because they naturally contain cyanide)
- Raw vegetables: cucumber, lettuce, carrot, celery, zucchini, steamed winter squash, etc.
- Sweet potatoes
Anyways, back to making dog treats! Dog treats are fairly simple to make and the process is similar to baking cookies. The batter can be whipped up in under 5 minutes, so really the waiting game comes down to the bake time.
I hope your pups enjoy these as much as Milo does. Pets do so much for humans, so, it only makes sense to ensure they’re eating tasty, healthy snacks!
6-Ingredient Banana Oat Dog Biscuits
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups smashed ripe bananas (about 3 ripe bananas)
- 1 cup oats (I used instant)
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons water
- ½ cup apple sauce or peanut butter (optional and based on your dog’s preferences)
Preheat oven to 325F.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/2” thick. Cut out shapes using a cookie-cutter or the rim of a lightly floured mason jar.
Place biscuits on a parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Let biscuits cool to room temperature, place in a covered container, and store in fridge.