I love the idea of making my dog’s treats for him. Having homemade dog treats means I know exactly what is in the dog treat. There are a lot of great prepackaged dog treats as well, but making my own is kinda special. I started exploring Pinterest and found a tonne of inspiration for healthy dog treats! With Christmas just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a yummy homebaked wholefood and vegan dog treat for our dog Riley.
This wholefood vegan dog treat is perfect for having with you when you take your dog out and to use as training rewards. The combination of banana and peanut butter is a sure fire way to motivate your dog to practise their new tricks!! Riley is certainly very keen to perform Take a Bow with these tasty treats as his reward!! He still has a way to go but having these treats as a switch up from his usual dried meat treats was fun! These homemade dog treats also make a great stocking stuffer and personalised gift for another dog furiend.
Something that struck me is that many recipes use ingredients that can be difficult to digest and be the cause of irritation and inflammation, just as they do in humans. So here I am sharing my recipe for a wholefood Banana and Peanut Butter vegan dog treat that is tasty and easy to digest.
I have been known to whip up healthy, easy to digest wholefood snack bars for my family to grab for quick energy during the day. So I took this knowledge and applied it to making some healthy dog treats for our dog Riley.
I gathered dog friendly ingredients from my pantry, bananas, rolled oats, flaxseed, almond meal, coconut flour and peanut butter. With just these ingredients I’ve made a limited ingredient wholefood slow baked Banana and Peanut Butter vegan dog treat. And it is the way I have prepared some of the ingredients that makes these yummy dog treats much easier to digest and gentle on your dog’s tummy.
How to prepare the ingredients to make them easy to digest
To make the treats easy to digest I first soaked the rolled oats in hot water with a teaspoon of lemon juice. This helps to break down the starches and reduce the natural phytic acid in the oats. The most benefit is gained after soaking oats for between 12-24 hours, however for the sake of speed I soaked these oats until the water became warm, about 20 minutes. The result is that the rolled oats are much softer and this makes the oats easier to digest. You can see the oats starting to break down into a mush instead of being hard.
I first learned about the benefits of soaking grains when I bought Sally Fallon’s amazing book Nourishing Traditions back in the 1990’s! You can also find more information about the benefits of soaking grains here and around the internet.
Flaxseed is a wonderful ingredient for omega-3 fatty acids and fiber however it can be hard to digest in its whole seed form. It is important to grind the flaxseed to get the full nutritional benefits. I also soaked the flaxseed because when soaked it turns into a paste that helps to bind the other ingredients together. It is a great substitute for egg!
This recipe is baked in a slow oven to gently dehydrate the dog treats making them slightly chewy and less crumbly.
With Christmas just around the corner I used tree and snowflake cookie cutters but any shape would be fun, think bones or paws for sure! You can also try finishing the treats with the option of a dog friendly icing made with corn starch and water.
Preheat oven to 150 degrees C or 300 degrees F
Preparation Time: 60 minutes + baking time
2 medium bananas
1/2 cup almond meal
3/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup low sugar peanut butter
125ml hot boiled water for oats
1sp lemon juice for soaking rolled oats
70ml room temp water for flaxseed
Dog Friendly Icing (optional)
1/4 cup corn starch
3 tsp water
- Soak rolled oats in 125ml hot boiled water with 1 tsp lemon juice for 25 minutes (or overnight for the full benefit)
- Add 70ml room temperature water to the flaxseed and let rest
- Line a cookie tray with baking paper
- Mash bananas and mix it with the peanut butter
- Combine other dry ingredients, almond meal and coconut flour
- Combine all ingredients after soaked rolled oats have cooled to make a dough that binds together. It shouldn’t be too wet or dry. If the dough is too wet add more coconut flour and mix in until you have a dough consistency
- Place dough between sheets of baking paper and roll out dough until it is 1cm to 1.5cm thick.
- Use preferred cookie cutter shape to make individual treats.
- Place them onto the cookie tray lined with baking paper
- Bake in slow oven for 1 hour
Turn the oven off after one hour and let the treats stay in the oven to dehydrate further. Take them out when you are happy with the end result. They should be mostly dry to dry and firm.
Dog Friendly Icing Method
Once the dog treats are completely cool you can decorate them
- Add 2-3 tsp of water to the corn starch and mix together until you have a smooth paste
- Dip one side of the treats into the corn starch mixture and allow to dry
Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Let us know if you enjoy this yummy Banana and Peanut butter wholefood vegan dog treat as much as we do!
Riley + Mae xo
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