Last week, I received an email from a Journalism student asking to publish a guest post on Pawsitively Pets. While I have been trying to shy away from guest posts recently, this one is just to good to pass up. Special thanks to Traci Turner for submitting this recipe to us. After you quit drooling over these homemade dog treats, be sure to stop by her blog and welcome her to the pet blogging community!
The following is a guest post written by Traci Turner.
A blueberry and banana dog treat topped with peanut butter and yogurt frosting is a homemade biscuit your dog will literally go bananas over. This gluten-free treat is a great option for dogs that suffer from food allergies. The ingredients are all-natural and an excellent source of antioxidants and potassium.
I got my inspiration for a fruity treat from a recipe on Pinterest and adapted it. [Here is a link to the inspirational recipe.] Instead of using coconut flour the recipe called for, I used gluten-free brown rice flour. I also came up with my own frosting recipe to jazz it up a bit.
Here is what you will need to make this tasty dog biscuit:
1 cup of brown rice flour
1/2 cup of mashed blueberries
1/2 cup of mashed bananas
1/2 cup of smooth natural peanut butter
1/3 cup of water
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup of smooth natural peanut butter
1/4 cup of mashed bananas
Step by Step Instructions:
1) Put all the listed treat ingredients in a bowl and preheat your oven to 350ºF.
2) Mix all the ingredients in the bowl until it has a thick cookie dough texture.
3) Next, roll out the dough and cut out shapes of your preference. I used a simple star cookie cutter. Place the treats on a nonstick cookie sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
4) While you are waiting for the treats to bake, you can prepare the peanut butter and banana frosting. In a small bowl, mix a 1/3 cup of smooth natural peanut butter, 1/4 cup of mashed banana and 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt. The frosting will have a whipped texture when your finished mixing.
5) After 20 minutes has passed, take the treats out of the oven and let them cool down completely. The treats will fill your kitchen with a delicious blueberry and banana smell.
6) Lastly, frost the treats and put the recipe to the test. Make sure to refrigerate the rest of the batch.
Jake, my boyfriend's golden retriever, loved the treats. After I put the remaining treats away, he kept nudging the refrigerator door for more. As a result, the batch only lasted a few days.
Brody, my pit bull with food allergies, also gave the recipe a paws up. He devoured the treat in one gulp. The all-natural ingredients in the treat didn't cause his skin to break out into a rash like store bought treats do.
Overall, I would consider my first attempt to make homemade fruit dog treats a success. I will definitely make these simple and affordable treats for my dogs again.
About the Author: Traci Turner is new to the pet blogging community. Last month, she started her dog health blog, Healthy Hound 101. She proudly supports dog adoption and enjoys sharing her experiences from owning her pit bull, Brody, and pug, Otis. To read more about her tips on how to manage your dog's health you can check out Healthy Hound 101.