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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Granola Bites

These peanut buttery, chocolate, oatmeal granola bites are delicious, easy and good for you too!
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The staples of this recipe are peanut butter, honey, oatmeal, vanilla extract and flaxseed. (Flaxseed, by the way, is so healthy for you. In just one serving of 2 Tablespoons, there are 3600 mg of Omega-3, 12 total grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. A great little addition to these bites to make them healthy without compromising taste and you should be able to find them right in your grocery store.) Aside from those staples (peanut butter, honey, oatmeal, vanilla extract and flaxseed), the other additions are up to you. In this recipe, I added chocolate chips and sliced almonds. But feel free to experiment. I have made them with dried cranberries and chocolate chips, chocolate chips and shredded coconut, a touch of cinnamon and raisins; the possibilities are endless. And don’t feel you have to stop at 2 extra ingredients, add as many as you would like. Just keep in mind you may have to adjust some of the staple ingredients to compensate. So enjoy this great little snack that is easy and healthy and that will fit great into your New Year’s resolution. Make the first bite count!

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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: makes about 2 dozen

Ingredients:
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used reduced fat)
1/4 cup honey
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons flaxseed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 sliced almonds

Directions:
1. Add the peanut butter and honey to a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 20-30 seconds. The honey should be runny and the peanut butter will be softened.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Scoop heaping tablespoons and roll to form smooth balls. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to firm up and keep fresh. They should stay fresh for about a week. But, honestly, they have never lasted that long in my house 🙂