This recipe is particularly good for small dogs or elderly dogs who have difficulty eating hard, crunchy treats.
Jessie got a hair cut today, and whenever she returns home, she expects to be rewarded with a treat for good behavior (you really can’t teach an old dog new tricks!). That inspired me to share the recipe for her favorite peanut butter treats.
While Jessie may look like a puppy and act like a puppy, she’s actually an old gal with 14 years under her belt (uh, fur). As a result, she has a few itty-bitty digestive problems (I’ll spare you the details). So, in lieu of the dry and canned dog foods which didn’t agree with her delicate belly, Mike has taken to painstakingly preparing all of her food by hand. And in solidarity of his homemade dog food mission, I decided to home-bake her treats, as well. I found a great recipe in Rachel Ray magazine about a year ago for dog treats made of peanut butter, honey, oats and cranberries. Jessie instantly LOVED them! I’ve made them for her numerous times since, but somewhere along the way, the recipe was lost. I’ve searched the internet extensively, including Rachel’s entire site, but I can’t seem to find it again.
Therefore, the following recipe is from memory…and while I believe it to be pretty close to the original, I wouldn’t swear by it. Either way, if Jessie’s wagging tail is any indication, they must be pretty good (actually, I can attest to that fact because I’ve tried them myself!). But I still wish Rachel would contact me with her original version of the recipe. If anyone knows her, ask her to give me a call.
Jessie's PB & Honey Treats
Soft, chewy peanut butter and honey treats your dog will LOVE!
Credit: Rachel Ray magazine (this recipe isn’t exact, but it’s as close as I can get to the original which has mysteriously gone missing.)
- 1 cup quick cook oats
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 Tbl dried cranberries, diced
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a small 8″x8″ baking pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Place the oats in a medium mixing bowl. Lightly spray a 1/4-cup measure with cooking spray. Measure out 1/4 cup of honey in the prepared measuring cup and pour into the oats (it should slide right out of the measuring cup). Do the same with the peanut butter. Add the diced cranberries and mix all ingredients together until well blended. Turn the batter out into the prepared baking pan and, using the back of a spatula (or your fingers), spread the mixture out into a uniform thickness.
Place the treats in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, depending on how soft or how crunchy you want them. Allow the treats to cool and then break them into bite-size pieces. Store half in an airtight container (for up to two weeks) and freeze the other half of the batch in another airtight container for later.
Note: If you have a big dog, you will want to double or even triple this recipe. And no need to dice the cranberries, just leave them whole.
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