Homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats

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I love being in the kitchen and whipping up something delicious.  My dog, Hurley, also loves when I’m in the kitchen cooking because he gets to eat up all the little bits that might fall to the floor.  But sometimes I am actually making him a little treat.  I adapted these treats from a website I saw and they came out great.  Using all natural ingredients for a healthy treat, my dog gobbles these up.  Although, I have to admit, he is a lab and they eat just about anything.   But I have given them as gifts to friends and family with dogs and they eat them up just the same, so they must be good.

Not only is there delicious peanut butter and oatmeal but this recipe also calls for parsley.  The parsley is supposed to help with the bad breath that dogs so easily get.  I’m not sure it’s a miracle cure, but I think it helps take the edge off a little.  Also, I specifically bought whole wheat flour to use for these treats because it is healthier.  Since my dog doesn’t eat any table food, I was a little nervous about using white flour and what that might to his digestive system.  So far, on these whole wheat peanut oatmeal treats, my dog has not had any issues.  So try these treats and see how your dog likes them!  Make the first bite count (for your dog)!

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Total Time:  50 minutes

Servings: about 25 treats

 

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup oats

1/2 cup non-fat dry milk

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 large eggs

1/2 cup water + more if dough is too dry

1 cup peanut butter

bone-shaped cookie cutter

 

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Lightly spray 2 large cookie sheets.

2.  In a large bowl combine the first 4 ingredients.

3.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and water together.  Add eggs/water mixture and peanut butter to the dry mixture.  Using a spoon or your hands, combine all ingredients.  If dough seems a little dry, add more water a tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together.

4.  Flour a flat surface and flour a rolling pin.  Roll out the dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness.  Use the cookie cutter to cut out treats and place them on the greased cookie sheet.  The treats will not spread out when cooking so they can be close together on the cookie sheet.  When you run out of room to cut out more treats, combine the dough remnants into a ball and roll it out again.  Cut treats and then repeat until all the dough is used.

5.  Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and crisp.  Store in an airtight container.

 

Adapted from Hub Pages website

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Homemade Croutons

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Homemade croutons… sounds so simple and sort of a boring post, right? But there are actually tons of uses for croutons (not to mention you won’t be throwing away and wasting that day old bread) :). Croutons are great on salads, like the Chicken Caesar Salad, or soups, in stuffing (like next week for Thanksgiving), and as a topping for casseroles. I have a bread machine and have a great recipe for French bread that I received from my aunt. The recipe makes two fresh, delicious loaves of bread and sometimes my husband and I don’t finish it before it goes stale. Instead of throwing away the leftovers, I decided to make homemade croutons. They are so easy and are great to have on hand. You can even experiment with different seasonings, maybe a spicy crouton with red pepper flakes or a sweet crouton with cinnamon and sugar. The possibilities are endless, and I’m getting excited just thinking of all the options I am going to experiment with as I write this post. So, please don’t be bored by my simple post, but take it as a gateway to a great, crunchy addition to your next meal. Make the first bite count!

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Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
1 loaf French bread, 1 day old
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Slice the bread into about 1/2 inch slices. Then I cut through the middle of each slice horizontally and 2-3 slices vertically, depending on how big that particular slice was. It really just depends on the size of croutons you desire.

3. Place croutons on a large baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the top and sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Use your hands to toss everything together to coat all pieces.

4. Bake 10-12 minutes or until pieces of bread are golden brown. I usually give the pan a shake about half way through to toss the pieces a little and have them brown more evenly.