Hello! Welcome to Aunt Angie's! We will be showing you how to make your dogs safe, organic, and protein rich dog treats (or bites). These treats are perfect for your four-legged babies if you are looking for a healthy alternative to store-bought treats. The great thing about these treats is that they are easy to make, and take only 25 minutes to prepare and bake!
If you prefer to watch the process on how these fun treats are made, scroll to the bottom to find our YouTube video link to watch it being made.
What kitchen instruments you will need for this recipe:
- A grinder/blender
- A large bowl for mixing
- A fork
- A clean countertop or cutting board
- Rolling Pin
- Measuring cups
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
- (optional) Cookie Cutter Shapes
-At least 3/4 cup of Oatmeal
-At least 3/4 cup of Garbanzo Bean Flour
-A 1/2 cup of Organic Peanut Butter
-A handful of fresh Parsley (OR Mint, it works just as well)
-Half of a large Banana
-1/4 cup of Sugar-Free Applesauce (or Homemade Applesauce)
Now, how to make these delicious treats!:
1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
2. In your blender, grind up your oatmeal for only a few seconds to make it into an oatmeal flour. It always helps to blend a little extra so that you can use the oatmeal flour later on in step 6. Extra oatmeal flour at the end of the process can be stored in a bag in the freezer to keep it fresh.
3. Once you have your oatmeal flour, take a large bowl and measure out 3/4 cup of your oatmeal flour, and 3/4 cup of Garbanzo Bean flour and mix them together.
- Side note: We add Garbanzo Bean flour because it is a great source of protein! If you do not have Garbanzo bean flour, you can use 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal flour instead.
4. After you have mixed the Garbonzo Bean flour with the oatmeal flour, you will add half of your large banana to the mix, as well as 1/4 cup of sugar-free applesauce and 1/2 cup of organic peanut butter. We say sugar-free, as in no additive sugar within the applesauce. Homemade applesauce has only natural sugars so as not to hype up your puppies even more!
5. Take a fork (we use a big serving fork) and mash/mix up the dry flour with the banana, peanut butter, and applesauce. You want to acheive a sticky but solid dough. If you have too much dry flour mix, add applesauce to even it out.
6. Once you have a ball of dough, take some of the extra oatmeal flour from step 1, and coat your counter. It's easiest if you have a wooden surface to work on, so if your countertops are not wooden, use a wooden cutting board. If you don't have any wooden surface don't worry! Go ahead and coat your countertop with oatmeal flour, just add extra (since it will be very sticky). Take your dough and rolling pin and coat it with the oatmeal flour.
7. Start rolling out the dough 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick. Try to keep it in-between 1/2 to 1/4 inch, so that once the treats are fully baked, dogs who may have dental problems or puppies will be able to easily chew them.
8. Once you have rolled the dough to 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick, take your cookie cutter shapes (ours are egg and bunny shaped), and cut out as many as you can from the dough. If you don't have any cookie cutters, you can simply cut the dough however you wish, making sure that they are good sizes for your dogs. You can re-roll the dough after cutting out shapes to make more treats or you can store the rest of the dough in an air-tight bag and store in the freezer to make more later.
9. After cutting out shapes, take a piece of parchment paper and place on your baking sheet. Line up the treats fairly close together, since they won't expand much.
10. When your oven is fully preheated, put your cookies into the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. If your cookies are on the thicker side, the time may be longer (but keep an eye on them!)
Once you finally take the cookies out of the oven, let them sit until cool enough to handle and VOILÀ you have your treats! Keep in an air-tight container on your counter. These treats will last a couple weeks but if you find you have made a big batch, you can keep extra treats stored in the freezer and take out when needed.
If you would like to check out our video on how to make these cookies, follow the link below. Please like and subscribe to our page for more tips, tricks, and recipes to keep your dog happy and healthy!
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