It’s Oscar’s birthday in a few days so that means it’s time for a lot of play time and treat time! For any dog that has a sensitive stomach like this little guy, this homemade dog treat is perfect because it only contains 6 ingredients and it’s all natural.
One of the greatest joys in my life is waking up to wet smelly dog kisses on my nose every morning (even if I am not a morning person). They get me up to feed them, walk them, play with them (endlessly) and most of all cherish their company and love them.
These little guys ask for so little and yet give us an unlimited source of love and companionship. They taught me to live in the moment, never hold grudges and instead use that energy to be happy and do something productive instead! (like, play with them!)
I love these little guys to death and I would do anything just to see them happy (which doesn’t take much!)
It will be our birthday in a few days. (Oscar and I celebrate our birthdays together every year) I’ll be turning 36 here, and Oscar will be turning 7! He holds a very special place in my heart. He has been by my side during some dark times in my life constantly reminding me that he was there to scare away spiders and allowed me to use him as my little tissue box.
Funny story, I even got a little tattoo on my wrist of his actual paw print. It’s placement is a little crooked as well to mimic that motion he does where he pins my wrist down every time he’s trying to get my attention or to stop whatever I was doing.
This year, for my little guy’s birthday I decided to make him some home made dog treats. I’m a stickler for limited natural ingredients in his food and snacks, particularly because he has a very sensitive stomach. So for anyone who has pups with the same issue, I hope this recipe finds it’s way into your hands and it makes your pup a very happy puppy! <3
There are only 6 ingredients for this recipe (not including the water). They should be very easy to find at your local grocery store.
I used spelt flour for the recipe because it creates a dry and tough dough, which results in a more dry crunchy biscuit.
For the rolled oats, make sure the ingredients on the packaging only have oats in it and no added sugar or flavourings and try to stay away from the instant oatmeal.
For the peanut butter, please use the all natural peanut butter with no sugar added. The banana already has a natural sweetness.
THROWING IT ALL TOGETHER
Mix the wet ingredients together (the egg, mashed banana and water) and slowly mix in the dry ingredients and then knead away!
When you are making this dough, you will notice that the dough may be a bit dry, you can additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time to make it more pliable and easier to knead but the dough should be very tough and somewhat dry. We want these treats to turn out hard, crunchy and dry.
You can use any type of cookie cutter for this recipe, I prefer smaller ones since they are smaller dogs. If you don’t have any cookie cutters, you can cut them up into little squares or rectangles.
We want to also bake this in the oven on a lower temperature because our goal is to dry out the biscuits.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OSCAR!
OH and I had made Oscar a promise 4 years ago that I would finish knitting this blanket for him, since he has an odd fondness to yarn and loves sleeping on balls of yarn so I thought he’d enjoy something a bit more comfortable than lumpy balls of yarn! (Yes it took me 4 years! Procrastinating at it’s best!) but YES finally I finished the darn thing! 🙂 and of course the boys share everything so they share the blanket now!
Hope your pups love it as much as we do!
A simple to make, 6 ingredient dog treat recipe that uses all natural ingredients. A crunchy treat that's great for dogs with sensitive stomachs
- 2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 2 cups spelt flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 bananas (mashed)
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (no sugar)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
Pre-heat oven to 325F (162C)
Combine the wet ingredients into a mixing bowl
Slowly add in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl
Knead for approximately 10-15 mins the dough until everything has been incorporated. The dough is supposed to be a little dry and tough. This is because of the spelt flour and it will produce a more crunch and dry biscuit.
Roll out the dough to approximately 1/4 inch thick and cut out biscuits with cookie cutter or cut into squares with a knife
Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. The bottoms should be golden brown but not burnt. The biscuits will be slightly soft in the centre when you take it out of the oven, but it will harden when it cools down.
Allow the biscuits to cool for 1-2 hours
Voila! Some treats for some happy dogs! 🙂