My furbabies live for treats. In fact, there was one point in time where I am pretty sure they had me trained. Each time we’d come back inside from a walk or potty break, they’d sit so pretty in front of the treat jar, and I would give into their sad, puppy eyes every single time. I soon realized what they were up to; they’d trained me! I have three sly, cunning pups!
All of the furkids in our family are on a grain free diet. Gabby, the oldest Boston Terrier, has canine epilepsy. Even though it hasn’t been proven a grain free diet will help, I believe we’ve had success eliminating grains from her daily eating, both with food and treats. And while grain free treats are now more readily available than ever, they can be expensive. Enter my attempt at whipping up some homemade, grain free treats for the kids.
These banana-rific, peanut butter treats were very easy to make and take limited ingredients. I also try my best to eliminate grains from my own diet, so I have quite the flour collection in my pantry. In this recipe, I used brown rice flour. I’m sure you could also substitute coconut flour or garbanzo bean flour. All three flours are very safe and healthy for dogs.
Even if your pups aren’t on a strict, grain-free diet, no pup could refuse these tasty treats! Gabby was on board with the idea the minute the peanut butter came out of the pantry. As you can see, I had some extra help in the kitchen!
Banana-rific Grain Free Treats
1 medium banana
3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 cup brown rice flour
1 1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats (Bob’s Red Mill has gluten free oats)
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients – the banana (mashed), the peanut butter and the egg. In a second, medium bowl, blend together the dry ingredients – the flour and oats. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine together until dough forms. I recommend getting in there and using your hands, as sticky as it might be!
2. Transfer the dough to a floured surface or floured wax paper. With your rolling pin, begin to roll the dough out to around 1/4 inch thickness. You can use any cookie cutter. I just happened to have the bone-shaped cutter. I’ve seen really cute fire hydrant cookie cutters, too, that would make adorable cut-out treats. I was able to get 15 bone-shaped treats from the dough recipe.
3. Place in the over for about 30 minutes and cool completely. My pups started whining as soon as the treats came out of the oven. Patience isn’t their strong suit! The cookies will keep for a week or two in a container (if your pups can keep their paws off of them!)
They come out nice and crunchy. Note the blurry, Frenchie ears in the background of this photo stalking the treats.
Of course, it was cruel and unusual punishment to pose for photos afterwards! I’m quite proud of Kizzy’s willpower! Don’t worry, it was gobbled up two seconds after I got the snap! The pups went mad for the treats. In fact, there was an all out brawl when one slipped out of my fingers.The furkids gave the treats two paws up! If you’re searching for more grain free, treat recipes, I’ve started a recipe collection on my Pinterest board here!
Do you enjoy cooking or baking for your dogs?