Homemade dog biscuits & 23PAWS

Have you heard of 23PAWS?

No? Well now you have. Basically, it’s a chance to gush about your pet and post pictures of them. The stuff most people do already, but now with an actual purpose so you don’t feel like as much of a crazy cat/dog/chinchilla/ferret/whatever lady. This is the first official link up Cinnamon is hosting for 23PAWS so if you missed the boat this time around, go check out everyone else’s posts, read up and get prepared for next month.

Ok, now let’s get to the gushing because obviously, I have the best dog ever.

Internet, meet Ginger.

She’s pretty cool.

She used to look like this.

An eight week old, 10 pound puppy who ate so much sand at a jet-ski race she literally popped out a sand log.

5 years later, she’s all grown up and quite sassy.

She hates little children.

She loves eating mulch.

She likes to roll in other animals’ crap.

She dislikes baths.

She has a very intimate relationship with a stuffed hedgehog.

She doesn’t like to be snuggled.

She sometimes self-diets.

She a complete daddy’s girl.

Every day around 7pm, this is what goes on in my family room.

Ginger turns 5 in two weeks and since this is pretty much her idea of the perfect day,

I decided to make her some homemade peanut butter treats.

Sometimes I feel like a fraud in that I’m so keen on eating healthy myself yet I feed my dog Eukanuba. I literally have dog-mom guilt over that sometimes. I should buy her the organic dog food and I shouldn’t buy her those treats she loves from Sam’s Club but yet, I do. So instead of heading out to Walmart and buying some cancer causing cheap dog biscuits this time around, I made my own.

Was it more involved than throwing a large box of biscuits in my cart and forking over $12.95? Yes. But, it was also a heck of a lot cheaper and didn’t result in any dog-mom guilt.

Someone didn’t seem to mind the homemade kind.


“Mind? Mom, there’s peanut butter in these!”

So I’ve promised myself that from here on out, homemade treats it is. I think we’ll both be happy about that.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
 
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An easy homemade peanut butter dog treat. Feel better about feeding your pet the good stuff.
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Recipe type: dog biscuits
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • egg whites for brushing (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper/silpat.
  2. Combine banana, egg, applesauce and peanut butter in a medium bowl and mash together.
  3. Add flour and oats and stir to combine.
  4. Flour a clean surface and roll dough out with a rolling pin, adding as much flour as you need to keep it from sticking (I had to use a generous amount).
  5. Use a cut out of any shape (I used the top to a jar of jam for small discs) and lay each piece on the baking sheet.
  6. Brush with egg whites if using and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on rack.
  8. Keep sealed in an airtight container.

 

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  1. 1

    I LOVE this post!!! How adorable Ginger is! I love the photo of her sitting in the chair, cracks me up!! Her face is priceless. I try to make homemade biscuits, but I get lazy so I buy Trader Joe’s all natural dog bones. We go through bones in our house like there’s no tomorrow! Have a great weekend and I just love your post today.

    Dam you, now I’m thinking, maybe I should make some dog biscuits to?

    • 2

      I know, that chair picture cracks me up every time I see it. If I had to put words to her expression it would be something like “I am queen of this chair. WHAT are you looking at, human?”
      I’ve never seen the TJ’s biscuits…if they’re as cheap as the rest of their stuff, that might be tempting!

  2. 4

    I am totally all over this 23 Paws thing! Does Ginger like carrots? That’s what we use for treats in this house. The dog’s go nuts for them and baby carrots are just as easy to buy as a box of milkbones :)

    I’m so in love with that first puppy picture of Ginger – she is all ears and tongue – I could die!!

    • 5
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Ginger is a total snob and literally won’t eat any produce. I’ve tried fruit and veggies before and she literally grabs them and spits them out on the carpet. Unless she’s at my parents house with other dogs, then she scarfs that stuff so fast b/c it’s like a competition. Definitely an only child kind of thing ;)

  3. 6

    I love the puppy photos! Especially the one of Ginger all sprawled out on your husband’s lap. Olive does that too. :) I’ll definitely have to join 23Paws next month!

    Also, I recently started switching my dogs over to homemade food because Olive was having trouble digesting the store-bought stuff (we tried multiple brands), and Honey is really picky. I’m still figuring out how to do it without it being a huge time/money suck (and referencing guidelines from a pet nutritionist at MSPCA Angell), but maybe I’ll do a post on it once I come up with something that works.

    • 7
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I would love to hear about your food making endeavors. I feel like since I work from home, I should be able to make my own too but sometimes just getting human food on the dinner table is hard enough with schedules that I really don’t want to add another “person” to cook for!

  4. 8

    She’s gorgeous. I love the puppy pictures.

    Awesome to make your own dog treats, love it.

    One of my dogs is kind of picky, I wonder what she’d think.

    So funny that Ginger rolls in other animal’s poop, my dog does that too – Disgusting!!

    So nice to find your blog through the blog hop.

  5. 9

    Ahhh she’s so cute, just like my sister’s dog. Love all the pictures- what a nice mom u are!

  6. 10

    everybody,
    Dont beleive a word about Ginger. Shes not anything like Gina portrays her to be.Just ask My two Sugar and Clare.Theyll tell you the truth.LOL.
    BTW Gina,effective7-1-2012 we are only baby sitting 2 legged kids. HAH!

  7. 13

    Oh my gosh those puppy pictures of her!!!! She’s SO stinking cute!

  8. 14

    She is so cute! I love seeing photos and hearing about her cause we have a Weimie too! They are so funny. I’ll have to try this treat recipe – I know he’d love them!

    • 15

      They’re the best :) I fully believe no one can understand a weim unless they have one. They’re so nuts in their own little way ;)

  9. 16

    The sand log bit had me rolling. :) Gosh pets are so gosh darn funny! Your PB treat recipe looks good…I think I will try it. Our newly-adopted Saint turned up her nose at the (large) box of treats I bought her. She also has no interest in the chewy bone. I think homemade PB treats may be the only option if I want to spoil her. :)

    Also, I totally get the dog-mom-guilt thing. I try so hard to keep our (mine and the Hubs’) diets ultra-healthy, but the bottom line is that I just can’t afford organic food for our 3 dogs and 4 cats. Every time I buy grocery-store or pet-store food, I feel that guilt. I buy PurinaOne and I give my dogs lots and lots of love, and I’m slowly getting over the guilt. I am going to try your homemade treat recipe though!

  10. 17

    I had a dog named Ginger growing up!

  11. 18

    Awww Ginger :) I’m so glad she liked the treats. Plus she is a total sweetheart!

  12. 19

    can’t wait to make these for our dogs! we have a chocolate lab and a yellow lab, and i know they’d both LOVE these treats!

  13. 20

    What a pretty dog! I like that you made her snacks, and I forwarded your link to my sister who has a bunch of pooches and might enjoy your dog snack recipe. Matter of fact, she’s making them homemade frosty paws today (it’s hot!)

  14. 21

    Wow Ginger is absolutely gorgeous. Such a beautiful color. I’m sure she loved the treats. Filled with mommy-dog love!

  15. 22

    Ok a couple things…..
    1) those puppy pics….to DIE for. She is the cutest!
    2) is it bad that I kind of want to eat those treats too?
    3) that pic of her sitting in the chair. So sassy. Love it.

  16. 26

    I’m happy to have found 23PAWS on its first run – it was a fun post to write! I love the chair picture – so like a person. I swear they are. I had the mom guilt too, badly, so I buy the poodle human grade dog food. Of course she weighs a fraction of what Ginger does so I’d buy the Eukanuba then if I were you too. Our Labrador pretty much eats whatever is on sale that week. I will definitely be trying this recipe, but they sound yummy so do I have to feed them to my dog???

  17. 27

    “She likes to roll in other animals’ crap.”

    LOL!!! I’m so glad you posted this because my puppy LOVES to eat the crap the local cats and raccoons leave in our yard. Groooooooss. Anyway, I did feel better after reading that about our dog. (And so does hubby, who thinks our dog is the only one fascinated with anything that has to do with animal poop, ‘cept his own – thank goodness)

    I am SO excited for this recipe. I hope you post more dog recipes soon!!! (PLEASE?) I happen to have all the ingredients; will make this tomorrow. Puppy and I thank you!

    • 28

      haha, don’t worry, you’re not alone! I had a pointer growing up that did the same thing as Ginger. It’s apparently to cover their scent b/c they think they’re hunting or something. Granted, the only thing Ginger hunts are small children and squirrels but I guess it’s just ingrained in her ;)

  18. 29

    Your posts are so enjoyable and fun. As a fellow doggie mommie I laughed so hard at today’s and forwarded to my husband who is a mucky-muck Director and Software Designer and also a 5th degree Black Belt in Kung Fu who is reduced to absolute MUSH and goofy baby talk when our dogs need (I mean command him) to. What a little Sassy-Pants your Ginger is is right! That look says it all…that she’s well loved and I’m sure so much enjoyment for you both. Thanks for another fun post!

  19. 30

    Your dog is adorable!! I’ll have to try making those treats for my mom’s dog

  20. 31

    LOVE! I’m going to have to check out that site and post pics of my lovely lab, Solitude! Your pup is so pretty! And how ambitious of you to make her treats!! Very cool thanks for sharing!

  21. 32

    She is too cute! My dog is the only weirdo that does NOT like peanut butter. I’ve tried to give it to him on more than one occasion, he is just not into it. He loves meat though!

  22. 33

    Happy early birthday Ginger!! I know what you mean about sass. Our little four-legged fur kid seems to think he’ll always get his way, and somehow or another, he does (-_-; animals. He’s a good pup though :) He’s set the bar pretty high as sad as that is to say to any future pups that come into the family. I made him dog biscuits for his 3rd birthday earlier this year. It’s fun to spoil fur kids. :)

  23. 34

    Those puppy pictures are insanely adorable! Cuteoverload.com-worthy!

    Even though I don’t have a dog, I for some reason wanted to make dog treats. There’s the Three Dog Bakery that published a cookbook for homemade, all natural dog treats.
    http://www.amazon.com/Three-Dog-Bakery-Cookbook-All-Natural/dp/0836269195/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340636281&sr=8-1&keywords=three+dog+bakery+cookbook
    You know, in case Ginger gets a hankering for something other than PB…

  24. 35

    She is so sweet! And how can she not like children?! I mean really… some are monsters but some LOVE animals. Ahh so sad. She’s seriously adorable though. Love her to pieces.

    • 36
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Well, it’s only small children and it might have something to do with the 10 or so neighborhood kids under the age of 8 that torment her and cross our backyard all the time…

  25. 37

    so cute – I want to play next time!

  26. 38

    she is pretty much the cutest thing ever

  27. 39

    haha, roll in other animals crap…i wonder if thats a girl dog thing, bc my moms dog does that, too!

  28. 40

    That sure looks like snuggling to me.

    Bungee’s adoption day is next month. I’m totally making these for her!

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