I’m unsure if I have mentioned this, but I’m a dog lover. Not only do I have my own pups, but I’m also that person who sees a dog on the sidewalk and immediately turns into a 5 year old. I squeal, I kneel down, I pet them behind the ears. Crazy? Yes. But I love dogs! With that said, I started doing research on what’s safe for dogs and what’s not safe (besides the obvious, such as chocolate and raw onions). Below is a recipe for some tasty (I tried one, not gonna lie) dog cookies. Your dog will love you.
- 1 ripe medium-sized banana
- 1/4 cup Canola oil
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats (oatmeal, to put it in plain terms)
- 2 tablespoons flaxseeds, ground
- 1/3 cup carob chips (optional. the photo below is without the carob chips because they’re expensive and difficult to find)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mash the banana and mix it with the oil and water.
- Add the flour, oats, ground flaxseeds, and carob chips, and stir thoroughly to combine. This creates a pretty stiff dough so you may want to use your hands to lightly knead it and press together to form a ball.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out lightly to about 1/2 inch in thickness.
- Use cookie cutters to make any shapes you want and move the cookies to your prepared baking sheet.
- Bake them for about 20-25 minutes, until dry to the touch (these start out pretty moist due to the banana).
- Make sure they’re completely cooled before serving them to your pup!
- Store in an airtight container since these cookies are more moist than typical dog treats. They only last about 2 weeks room temp. max.
These are ridiculously easy to make and use a lot of ingredients that may already be in your home! One word about the flaxseeds, I’ve noticed they only come in large containers so you’re bound to have some leftover. A lot of vegan cookie recipes use them to form the dough and they’re fun to play and experiment with. I’m also a bigger fan of whole wheat flour than regular flour (I have a topical allergy to regular flour so even though I bake with it A LOT, I always end up with swelled hands by the end of the baking process).
Hope your pups enjoy!