As I recently shared, I've recently started working with blackstrap molasses for some of our dog treat recipes. It is rich in nutrients and purported to have a range of health benefits. As far as tempting treat ingredients go, our dogs can't seem to resist the smell so it's a win-win! Doggone delicious.
Blackstrap Banana Biscuit Dog Treats
1 ripe banana, mashed3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
3 tbsp pumpkin butter (can substitute smooth peanut butter)
2 tbsp ground flax
1 cup rice flour + additional for rolling
Preheat over to 180C. Combine banana, molasses, pumpkin (or peanut) butter, and flax in a bowl. Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency. Flour quantity will depending on the fruit and your add-ins, so do work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water to adjust. On a floured surface, roll your dough and cut with the cookie cutters of your choice (see tips). Place on a prepared cookie tray and lightly brush the surface with a pastry brush or damp clean cloth to remove excess flour. Place the pan of cookies into the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to chill (optional) and then bake for approximately 15 minutes. Cooking time will vary with size/thickness, so keep an eye on the oven. You can let them sit a while in the cooling oven before removing for crunchier cookie. Cool before serving and storage.
Tips and Tricks:
- Dipping the cookie cutter lightly in flour before you cut will help with release, especially if cutting complex shapes. For the pictured treats, we used a simple round biscuit cutter and cookie stamps (big cookie-sized treats, broken to into smaller pieces to serve...other than our posed photo of Oli the great white cookie shark below!) as well as our bone cookie cutter.
- If stamping, you can defer brushing and use flour to help with the stamps as with the cookie cutters; however, I find excess flour gets trapped in the little details. I prefer to brush off most of the flour first.
- Go natural or take care when when shopping to avoid artificial sweeteners in ingredients like peanut butter when used for your dogs - xylitol is particularly dangerous for dogs.
- These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a larger batch for later. The dough can also be frozen unbaked for future use.
the dough before rolling and/or after cutting your shapes on the pan
before baking is optional as this is a low fat dough, but it can help
with handling and/or holding shape, just like human cookies.