Since we’ve been feeding our German Shepherd raw and sometimes cooked home made scratch food I’ve been also motivated to make him treats that are in line with his diet. The Liver, Kale Cheesy treats I posted were almost a muffin / soft cookie consistency. Though delicious they often crumbled a bit in my pocket. I wanted something more crunchy and easily transportable since I always seem to have a pocket full of treats. Brax is only 7 months old and we need to ply him with treats to have him do or not do things. Training is a daily practice and having some addictive, healthy and affordable treats is unbeatable. Luckily for us he is very food motivated and that makes it easy to work on training. All I need is something that smells good and gets his attention. These babies get everyone’s attention. All dogs follow me at the dog park, most of them do their best to get their snouts into my pocket and it takes some convincing to get them to leave me alone!
I’d been looking around for some good treats and wasn’t able to find exactly what I wanted. So many of them include cornmeal (corn isn’t so great for dogs) or wheat and we’ve recently discovered that his system isn’t so fond of wheat. Note to self… Brax is NOT to have any leftover pizza! So after some creative mixing in the kitchen I came up with these. They are crunchy, healthy and they smell super delicious. Though I haven’t eaten them just the look in Brax’s eyes makes them worth making. Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heal, Wait… all much easier with a pocket full of these.
Crunchy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
- 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
- 1 Cup Chick Pea Flour
- 1 Cup Coconut Flour
- 1 Cup PB2* (see note below)
- 4 Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1/4 – 1/2 Cup Water
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Blend the eggs and coconut oil in a food processor or bullet (eggs including the shells) and add the mixture into the dry ingredients. Add enough water to make a sticky dough and let it sit for a few minutes. The dough should hold together but it won’t act like dough you’re used to if you bake regular cookies, it remains pretty sticky and pasty.
The dough will be a little challenging to work with but roll it out onto a counter until it’s about 1/4 inch thick and cut out into shapes. Place on a non-stick baking pan. (Even though it’s non-stick I generally spray it) Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Longer for larger cookies, less for small cookies. The longer you bake them the crunchier they will be. Take them out of the oven and let them cool before you feed them to you dog.
(Some of these are fire hydrants… yes… I’m one of those crazy people…. I was a little disappointed they aren’t obvious)
* I happened to have several packages of PB2 in the freezer that we haven’t been eating so I used this in the peanut butter powdered form. I’ve purchased my PB2 here. If you don’t have or don’t want to buy PB2 you can certainly use regular peanut butter but cut out the coconut oil and adjust the water accordingly so that you have a sticky dough.
Enjoy the puppy love!