If you thought this recipe couldn’t get any better, we decided to do an update to the homemade dog treats recipe we posted a few months back. We’ve been able to scale the recipe and make it even faster to create. We’ve also updated some options you might want to try in different batches. This treats recipe update comes just in time for Thanksgiving, helping to keep table scraps out of the mouths of fur babes
So we have this 2 ingredient dog treats recipe we’ve been trying out and slightly tweaking it every so often. If you recall, the only two ingredients were old bananas and oatmeal. Well, we’ve gone through the recipe quite a few times and believe we’ve found an even easier way to complete the dog biscuits that suits all size dogs.
1 1/2 Cup of Rolled Oats (You cannot use instant oats, trust me…)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit).
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, take the 2 (peeled) bananas and mash them smooth. You can also use a food processor, but we prefer using a fork or potato masher.
- Fold in the 1 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- Mash by hand using a fork
- Let sit for 30 minutes.
- Drop the dough on the cookie sheet. Roll out until the mixture is approximately 1/4″ in depth.
- Bake for roughly 18-24 minutes. What we’re looking for is slight browning on the bottom of the treat.
- Remove from oven, let cool for 15 minutes.
- Using a pizza cutter (easiest) or long knife, slice the dog treats into the perfect size for your size pet.
OPTIONAL:You can try to add a mint leaf by using a food processor added with the bananas. This may help give your pet some fresh breath. ALWAYS ask the advice of your veterinarian before introducing new foods to your pet!
How to hand off treats
One of the questions we came across from a Facebook friend was how small the pieces could be dependent on the size of the dog. They were right. We think that too small a treat may hurt a dog as most dogs don’t chew their treats/food, they swallow. For a treat to get stuck in the throat of a dog would be horrible. So we came up with a simple scale to size the treat as well, how to handle this and all other treats you give your dog.
Since most dogs don’t chew their treats we believe it’s a good idea to give them the treat and have them take it from you, having to use their teeth to grab it. This can be done gently and the dog will likely chew the treat rather than attempt to swallow it whole. By simply holding the treat in your fingers tightly, the dog will attempt to knick the treat from you from the side, thus forcing the dog to chew.
So, sizing, we decided it would be best to roll the treats out flat prior to baking. This made it simpler to create and allowed the person baking the treat to cut the biscuits into a size comfortable for their dog(s).
TIP: The produce section (usually on Tuesdays/Wednesdays) have product that are marked down. We typically find bananas on sale. This week 5 pounds of bananas was only 99 cents!
We invite you to try this recipe and tell us what you think in the comments below!