Monday, 26 September 2016
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{RECIPE} Banana Apple Cinnamon Dog House Cookies

This week we have a special mini-series of posts for you all about sharing your home with pets.  Of course, we couldn't miss our weekly Monday treat, so today we have edible dog house cookie! :) The biscuit dough can, of course, be baked into any other shapes you please and it smells fantastic whilst baking!  

Banana Apple Cinnamon Dog House Cookies (Dog Treats)

1 ripe banana (mashed)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
Sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
Approximately 1 cup rice flour + extra for rolling 

Preheat over to 180C. Combine banana, applesauce, and peanut butter in a mixing bowl. Stir through a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional). Incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency.  Flour quantity will depending on the fruit, 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. Roll, cut into shapes, place on a prepared baking sheet, and bake for approximately 12 minutes. Cooking time will vary with size, so keep an eye on the oven (see tips below about baking and dehydrating options). Cool before serving and storage.

Our dog houses were made using a basic house shaped cookie cutter and dog bone cookie cutter.  The bone cookie cutter was used to press a half bone doorway shape into each biscuit (impression only - not all the way through). I removed the chimney from the biscuits with a knife as dogs don't light fires. Hehe. :)  I baked my cookies and then dehydrated them in our food dehydrator for extra crunch - the dogs loved it!

Tips and Tricks:
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • If your cookies have small extrusions or sharp corners, keep a close eye on the oven and/or even lower the cooking temperature a touch to ensure things bake thoroughly before the edges are overdone.
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!

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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.

Stay tuned for great house and home posts in our special series this week. Yay! 

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