This little lady turns 3 today!
Little dogs were never really my thing. When I got Bella, I thought she was absolutely adorable but was still not entirely convinced that I would ever feel she was “my” dog. Three years, lots of snuggling, silliness, burrowing and barking later, I really do love her. Small dogs are most certainly different from big dogs. There are a whole different set of benefits and issues with little ones, but they are just as worth it.
In honor of her birthday, I made treats! If you buy dog treats from the store, have you ever looked at the ingredient lists? There is some scary shit in there! Even “natural” brands can be full of unnecessary ingredients. These treats involve 5 ingredients (including water). They are made from stuff most people already have in their kitchen and they are super easy!
Honey, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Baked Dog Treats
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1-1 1/4 cup hot water
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Rub Baking sheets with olive oil on a paper towel
3. Mix flour and oats.
4. Add honey, peanut butter and water. I start with adding 1 cup of warm water and add a little more as needed. You want a firm dough, not crumbly or sticky.
5. Lightly flour counter and roll out dough ball to 1/4inch thickness (I always get excited to use my rolling pin)
6. Cut into desired shaped. I had dog bone shaped cookie cutters from a long time ago. Some of them were simply cut into squares. With the small amount of remaining dough, I rolled a few into balls and flattened with a fork just like human pb cookies.
7. Bake at 350 for about 30-35 min. Turn off oven and leave in oven to completely cool. The treats will get pretty hard as they cool~ just like dog treats from the store.
My dogs love these and I love knowing their treats are made from simple real food ingredients.