Saturday, December 24, 2011

Dog Recipe: Banana Breath Buster Dog Biscuits – Wheat Free!

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. – Gilda Radner

Dog biscuits, certified "tasty" by our Bouvier!
It’s Christmas Eve. Have your made your canine best friend something special for tomorrow? Not only are these biscuits tasty, but they’re wheat free. They also have mint and parsley that help improve your dog’s breath so those kisses you receive are even sweeter.

This is the mixed dough.
I know it’s late and you probably won’t have the ingredients on hand, but these biscuits are a big hit. No greater judge than our Bouvier des Flandres, Henry, gave them two paws up. 

He’s quite fussy with his treats, too. He’ll pick certain ones over others consistently. He’s a dog that knows what he likes.

Dogs and wheat don’t really get along. It’s not something that is in a carnivore’s diet and many dogs can develop a sensitivity to it over time. It’s best to keep it to a minimum. 

Unfortunately many commercial dog biscuits have wheat as a main ingredient.

What can wheat do to your dog? Well…
Symptoms of a wheat allergy can include itchy skin, shaking of the head, ear inflammation, licking front paws, and flatulence all the way to behavioural changes and seizures. Not pretty.

Regardless of whether it’s biscuits or not, wheat should be minimized in your dog’s diet. Check the label on your dog food. Where does wheat appear? The first ingredients should be meat products. Vegetables and fruit are good too. 

If you want to know more google search about dog food. Meat by-products can be just as nasty too. Cost doesn’t indicate a good dog food either. Don’t be fooled. Do research.

It’s a hard thing to know that what you’re feeding your friend is actually benefitting them. 

These treats are one way to start in the right direction, with the benefit of improved breath. Quinoa, rice, banana, peanut butter… what’s not to love. Henry was drooling to get them. High praise, I would say.

Banana Breath Buster Dog Biscuits
This recipe yielded exactly 48 biscuits.
Makes about 4 dozen
Parsley and mint are two natural breath fresheners that dogs love. Add in peanut butter and bananas and you have a combination that even the most fussy canine will have a hard time resisting!

2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 cup brown rice flour
1-1/3 cup quinoa (regular or red)
1/3 cup hot water
1 cup dried parsley 
1/4 cup dried mint
2 eggs, beaten

In a bowl place the quinoa with 1/3 cup hot water and let sit for 5 minutes. I used red quinoa because it was more festive!

Mash the bananas into the quinoa. Then stir in the peanut butter until well blended. Add in the remaining ingredients and knead the dough with your hands until well combined. It will be somewhat wet and will stick to your fingers. If too wet add in a little more rice flour.

Harden them up overnight on a rack.
Let the dough sit for 10 minutes. Oil two baking trays.

Set a small dish of water next to the bowl to wet your hands. Roll a 1” round ball of dough in your moistened hands and then flatten between your palms to about 1/4” thick. Place the biscuits on the baking sheets without touching; they can be close – these biscuits do not spread as they bake.

Bake the biscuits at 300°F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. There shouldn’t be much moisture left in the biscuits. Let the cookies cool down in the oven to dry out even more. 

Leave the biscuits on the counter overnight (out of reach of your dog!) to dry and harden up before placing in a container.

Store in a sealed container to maintain freshness for 1-2 months or refrigerate.


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