One of the most well received phrases you can probably say to your dog is, “want a cookie?” There are only a few other phrases that can fill your dog with as much happy excitement. Gidget is no exception. One of the first words she learned was “cookie.” Just mention the C word and you have her complete interest and attention.
The problem is that I just don’t feel good about giving her store-bought treats. I have read the labels on many of them. The majority of them list sugar as the first or second ingredient, with artificial coloring, preservatives, and propylene glycol (the stuff in anti-freeze) listed a little further down. I know these items are unhealthy for us, so why would I want to feed them to my dog? Dogs need healthy stuff too! Additionally, I know that in the not-so-far-off past, several companies, from here and abroad, have had recalls of their products after poisonous substances were discovered in them. These recalls are, tragically, often after several beloved pets have already died. I recently read that baking soda & baking powder are unhealthy for dogs, so even a low sugar, low sodium “people” cookie or cracker, is not a good option.
I wanted my sweet little girl to be able to safely enjoy a crunchy, delicious cookie every now and then. My solution was to create a healthy dog cookie recipe, worthy of the love we all feel for our pets. I knew that by making it myself, I could control the ingredients and quality of the treat, and make something I could feel good about giving to my little Gidget.
The following recipe is the first flavor I’ve created. It’s a success; Gidget loved it! I already have more ideas for future varieties, and will post them once they have been kitchen tested and have received Gidget’s official stamp of approval.
Gidget’s Peanut Butter & Banana Cookies
Yield: 44 biscuits
Calories per biscuit: 38
Protein per biscuit: 1 gram
Fiber per biscuit: 0.8 grams
Fat per biscuit: 1.6 grams
Sugar per biscuit: 0.7 grams
1 1/4 cups organic whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 large egg
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp unsulphured molasses
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour and oats.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, banana, egg, oil, and molasses.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix well with a large spoon.
- Knead the dough in the bowl 4-5 times, until it forms a ball.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board, and roll out to 1/4″ thickness.
- Use a 1 3/4″ cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits.
- Place the biscuits onto the prepared baking sheets.
- Re-roll scraps as needed, until all of the dough is used.
- Place baking sheets on the center rack of the preheated oven, and bake for about 15 minutes, or until they are lightly browned.
- Cool on wire racks, and store in an air-tight container.
For many of us, our pets are family. It’s for that reason they deserve to be happy and healthy, too. Look for my upcoming post, What to Never Feed Your Dog.
Until next time, be well, and be happy!