by Grace Currie Phillips, Contributing Writer
(Note: Check with your veterinarian if you have any question about any of these ingredients for your dog)
Homemade Dog Treats
Organic, farm-to-table, homemade, all-natural – all these words and phrases have been flying around American’s conversations for the past few years. And for good reason! People starting to care more about knowing exactly what they’re feeding themselves and we’ve developed a new vocabulary to talk about it. And it’s permeated our pet stores, too. Many of the treat bags advertise themselves as “healthy” and “organic”.
But the best way to feel good about what you’re feeding your dog is to make it yourself. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re not feeding your pup fatty treats or processed meats, and just for fun we’ll throw in the incomparable feeling of achievement after baking something delicious! And your dog? Well, let’s be honest, most dogs get just as excited about roadkill as they do about delicious treats. But your pup will most certainly be happy to know there are treats on hand, and you’ll feel positively virtuous giving him one of these biscuits.
These biscuits are based on a biscotti recipe, which has been modified for dog safety. Sugar, salt, and spices have been removed and some canine favorites (peanuts, bananas) have been added in. However, we kept to the traditional “twice-baked” method, which creates a hard biscuit that your dog will love to crunch. They’re certainly not as sweet as true biscotti, but they’re still tasty, and you may find yourself snacking on these on the sly. Don’t worry, we’ll never tell.
Banana Biscotti Bones (makes 24)
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ cup chopped peanuts (unsalted, unsweetened)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ egg, beaten
- ¾ cups pureed bananas
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Stir dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, peanuts) together in medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients (olive oil, egg, bananas, vanilla) and mix until thoroughly combined. If it’s too stiff to work with comfortably, add 1 tsp. water. It should be the consistency of cookie dough – stiff, but not un-moldable.
Roll dough into a log approximately 3” wide and 12” long and place on baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove log from oven and allow to cool for another 30 minutes or so.
Once the log is cool enough to handle, cut the log on the diagonal into ½” slices. They should now resemble the traditional biscotti shape. Arrange on the baking tray and return to oven.
Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven, turn cookies over. Bake 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before giving one to your dog. Store the rest in a cookie tin in a cool, dry place.
If you happen to have a cookie cutter shaped like a dog bone on hand, you can also make dog bone biscotti. To do this, follow the baking instructions above, but instead of cutting the log onto the diagonal after the first baking, use the cookie cutter to create the bones. Break apart the left-over dough and place on tray with bones. Follow the rest of the instructions.Homemade Dog Treats: Banana Biscotti Bones,