Thursday, December 22, 2011

Puppy Treats


I’ve done it! I’ve finally done it! I finally created homemade doggie treats!

I cannot believe how easy they are; I am currently thinking of the possibilities!

I wonder if the puppy would like sweet potatoes….?

Got this recipe from my foodie bloggie bestie, Country Cleaver. She has a newly designed website and it’s absolutely GORGEOUS. Check it out.

Do it. Do it.

Purr Design was her designer of choice and I think they did a beautiful job! I think I too will  be using her designer to re-design my blog, it’s giving me terrible technical difficulties. Time to join the millions of other food bloggers and use WordPress.

Megan’s post can be seen here. The only thing I did different was I mashed up a real banana since I didn’t have banana oatmeal.

I suppose I could have also baked them a little longer to make them crunchier, but this dog wasn’t complaining.

And I wasn’t either.

We each had one. *giggle*

One friend told me doggy treats that are too soft will mold within a week; so far mine’s been ok, but next time I’ll try baking them longer.

Oooh another tip I found was to let them cool completely in the oven too. Makes ’em crunchier I suppose.

Ok, onto to the treats.

I heart my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer so much. Probably my favorite kitchen appliance.

After the garlic press and cherry pitter.

So, throw together some whole wheat flour, peanut butter, a spoonful of vegetable oil, water and oats.

***OK, funny story!***

Growing up, my brother, my cousin, and I would spend the hot Texas summers on my Grandma’s cattle ranch.
(This was before I moved here obviously, we grew up in the state of fruits and nuts, CA.)

SMALL TOWN!!!! We would often call the operator and ask for her cooking advice.

I can remember a specific time while my cousin and I were making lemon bars, I dialed up that operator and asked her if we could use Canola oil if the recipe called for vegetable oil. She answered politely, and we thanked her, “Thank you, ma’am, we’ve got it!”

… Just as my Grandma would come in from digging up her cannas or treating fire ant hills…..



I should also mention every item in her kitchen was meticulously labeled with masking tape and sharpee.

Yup, that Canola oil was bought 11/1991, we should be good, right?

***Back to dog treats***

Looks good, it all comes together nicely in the stand mixer, and I can save myself from picking peanut butter out from under my fingernails.

Then just flour yourself a surface and roll it out. I left them pretty thick.

I also don’t have a cute little bone cookie cutter, but ask me again in three days, I think I know what my mama is going to put in my stocking.

A jar lid works juuuusst fine.

Bake at 375 degrees for thirty minutes or so.

Try letting them cool in the oven.


I made a little “T” for Tilley. She’s my beagle.

Taste one with your dog. Then let ’em kiss all over you. They will luubbbb youuuuu.

YES, I am very *aware,* I have become “the crazy dog lady.”

I definitely consider my puppy one of my own.

She sleeps right next to me every night, all cuddled up next to me with her little paws sticking straight out.

*She loves it.*

Go make some treats ya’ll!

~~ Peace, Love, and Doggie Treats ~~

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Puppy Treats

Yield: 12 or so

Prep Time: 30

Cook Time: 30

Total Time: 60


1/3 c peanut butter
2 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 T vegetable oil
1 c oatmeal
1 c water
1 banana, mashed (I used a ricer)


Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer until dough forms a ball. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut to desired shape.
Bake at 375 for thirty minutes.

If mixing by hand, mix peanut butter and oil first, then slowly add in water, banana, flour, and oats.

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