Wednesday, 4 November 2015

{RECIPE} Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Cookies

The classic combination of peanut butter and banana meet again in dog-friendly form, jazzed up with delicious coconut and a dash of cinnamon for an extra special homemade treat.  

Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits

1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1 mashed banana
1 egg
1/4 cup fine desiccated coconut (regular is ok too, just a little bit chunkier in the treats than pictured)
Approximately 1/2 cup coconut flour
A dash of cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 180C. Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly (adjust consistency with a little extra flour or water if needed). Hand roll into small bite-sized balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and flatten gently.  Use a fork for flattening if you want a classic PB cookie cross-hatched top - simply press the tines gently twice, with the second press perpendicular to the first. Easy peasy! Bake for approximately 15 minutes.  Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks:
  • If your chosen peanut butter is gluten free, then so are these treats. Ensure your PB is xylitol free!
  • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
  • Coconut flour is a good option for gluten-free / grain-free pet treats, but its also a pretty healthy choice outright: it is high in fibre, high in protein, and low-GI relative to alternatives. You can substitute another flour of your choice (plain, wheat, rice, cornflour, etc) but you might need to up the quantity to get a good cookie dough consistency as coconut flour is very absorbent.
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras or make a large batch for later.
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time, as the smaller the cookie the shorter the baking time.
Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.


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