Thursday, March 4, 2010

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Back in July, when Mike and adopted our puppy, we commented on our good fortune landing such a "perfect dog".  Part Boxer, part AmStaff, and cute as a button, Elwood's calm and docile nature won us over immediately.  We brought the sleepy little pup home, he recovered from the bad bout of Kennel Cough that was making him so sleepy, and has been streaking around the neighborhood like a bolt of lightning ever since.  There is nothing calm or docile about him!

Whether running off to chase squirrels, barking at our neighbors from outside their living room window (seriously!), or jumping on any visitor who comes through our front door, Elwood keeps us busy.  High energy is an understatement, but it's nothing that can't be tamed by a handful of homemade dog treats.  The very sight of these peanut butter biscuits, and Elwood's butt is on the floor with his paw up to shake hands in the hopes of being rewarded with one.  Until about 3 seconds later, when he's impatiently jumping up to grab the treat out of my hand.  (We're working on breaking that jumping habit, I promise!)
Being such a high energy dog, Elwood seems to burn off everything he eats (lucky!) and is looking a little ribsy these days.  So his treats are chock full of good stuff- peanut butter and egg yolk for protein, oats for fiber, and powdered milk for the calcium and vitamins- that also happen to be really easy to throw together in the food processor...

Process the oats into oat flour:

Add the powdered milk and baking powder:

Pulse in the peanut butter, yolk, and a little water:

Then roll em out, cut, and bake:
You will have one happy, and healthy, dog!

Elwood's Favorite Dog Treats
2 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup dry milk powder
2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 egg yolk

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
-Place the oats in a food processor fitted with a blade attachment.  Process oats until you have a fine powder (oat flour).
-Add the powdered milk and baking powder.  Pulse a few more times to combine.
-Grease or spray your measuring cup with a little olive oil and measure out the peanut butter.  Using a little olive oil will make the peanut butter glide out of the cup plus it is great for dogs!
-Add the peanut butter and egg yolk to the food processor and pulse a few times until the dough starts to come together.  The dough will be crumbly.
-Slowly stream in just enough room-temperature water to make the dough come together.  It will neither be too crumbly nor too sticky.
-Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface (I either flour mine with a little extra oat or whole wheat flour) and work gently to bring together.
-Roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes.
-Bake on parchment or silpat lined baking sheets at 350 degrees, rotating halfway through, until lightly browned.*
*The specific baking time will depend on the thickness of the cookies and the size of the shapes you cut. My trays of small dog bones took about 20 or so minutes.
-Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

1 comment:

Brenda L said...

This looks like a great recipe to try for our 5 mo old JRT-mini Pins - JAK. We've only had him for 3 weeks now, and already his favourite treats are the peanut butter dog bisquits from Trader Joe's! Our 12 year old beagle Dixie Dawg will love these, too!
Aluminum free baking soda/powder is all I use anyway, however is it really necessary to even use baking powder?