Stella turned 3 a few days ago! As sweet and lovable as our girl is, she can get into some real mischief. We were hoping that the terrible twos would be over for good, but 3 hasn’t proven to be much better (she shredded her raincoat!). We still love her though, so we wanted to make her birthday special. We took a really fun walk to a green, hilly park, and Stella was able to run around with some new friends. We ate lunch al fresco, and then, I baked Stella’s favorite peanut butter and banana puppy treats.
Stella wanted to share her birthday with her doggie cousins, so she had the nice idea to mail them some of her treats. She even signed the cards herself, but her crazy toe hair made her paw print a bit… artistic. We decided to share her treats with you too! I first posted about these peanut butter and banana puppy treats in May 2011, but I wanted to rephotograph them- it’s amazing the difference a little natural light can make!
To make these treats, preheat your oven to 300º F. Mash up 1 banana in a bowl.
Then, add 1 cup of oat flour, 1/3 cup of rolled oats, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter (consider making your own!), and 1 egg to the bowl.
Mix the ingredients together until they are well-incorporated. Because there aren’t many wet ingredients, this dough can be really tough. It is easier if your peanut butter is at room temperature, and I think it’s perfectly acceptable to use your hands if you want to. This time, I oped for an electric mixer 🙂
You can mold the dough into simple coins, or you can roll it out and use cookie cutters to make cute shapes. If you roll it out, sprinkle some oat flour on your board and rolling pin to prevent the dough from being too sticky.
I cut the treats into squirrels, bones, fire hydrants, cats, dogs, hearts, stars, and the number 3 for Stella’s third birthday! Put the treats on a baking sheet and cook them for 30-40 minutes, depending on their thickness, until they start to brown and crisp.
Let the treats cool completely before giving them to your puppy. Then gobble away!
This recipe is adapted from Whole Foods.
- Oat flour- 1 cup
- Rolled oats- 2/3 cup
- Peanut butter- 3 tablespoons
- Egg- 1