In the Accidental Locavore’s mind as I was mixing up these dog biscuits was the refrain from those dumb Geico commercials…“if you’re a ______, that’s what you do.”
If I’m a cook, that’s what I do. Doesn’t matter—humans or canines.
What really spurred this on was a recipe for these cookies on BarkPost and a very ripe banana that was on its way into the garbage.
They’re really simple, you probably have everything on hand, and just remember, unlike humans, a dog is never going to complain about a cookie. Makes about 20 3” bone-shaped dog biscuits.
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed
- Water as needed
- Flour for rolling the dough
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a blender or food processor (blender is preferable), blend the oats until you have a fine powder.
In a medium bowl, add the oatmeal flour, coconut oil, cinnamon, honey, and banana. Mix until well combined into a stiff dough. If the dough is too stiff, add a little water. Or, if it’s too sticky add a little flour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s about ½” thick. Using a pizza cutter cut into rectangles, or, if you do have a dog bone cookie cutter…
Bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool, treat and enjoy!
Rif’s verdict: Woof, woof! Much better than those healthy dehydrated sweet potatoes (don’t tell him these are healthy too!). I’ll sit for one of these anytime!
Frank’s verdict: “Are these for the dog?” Maybe the bone shape gave it away. He thought they needed salt, something he rarely says.
My dog biscuits looked coarser than the BarkPost ones, probably should have run the oats through a blender rather than the Cuisinart, but I was multi-tasking. If your dog is like mine, you might want to make a double batch.