So I got a dog. Ok, technically, my daughter wanted a dog, my husband caved , my son was all in, and i was leading a silent cheer for dogdom, trying to stop my face from splitting into two from sheer unadulterated happiness. After all, happiness is a puppy. We went to the ASPCA on 91st in NYC. This is a great place or at least, I think it is a great place. The trainers and workers care and are involved. Our dog was 5.5 months when we got him. He was underweight, and I kept wondering when he would start to forget where he came from and accept our house as home. I, of course, did not want him to get heavy. My dog is part lab and apparently, they are prone to being overweight. He gets no people food but I couldn’t resist the organic treats that are sold in every pet sotre. Seems good right? Organic, wheat -free (Hang on! is that important??), with fruit or honey or peanut butter. I had two dogs growing up, and I gave them Milk Bone dog biscuits after a walk. I figured, if organic is good for my kids, then I should get organic for my pooch.
But do you guys know what gets old real quick? Paying $8.99 for a bag of treats that lasts like two days. I happen to be a baker. Nothing fancy people! Cookies, brownies, pies, quick breads and sometimes a cake come out of the oven. But I have a singular talent to mass produce for school bake sales (well a talent other than my day job;) ), so I thought, I can bake his biscuits! Yup.. a little bit of research, and a biscuit was born. Our dog’s name is Sonny, so I called them Sonny Snax. He loves them. So do the other dogs in the building. I stand a fair chance of getting jumped by the large yellow lab in my building for one of these snax! Sonny has a sensitive stomach and dry skin, so the ensuing recipe is easy on the gi tract and good for the skin!
All products can be organic!
Set the oven for 385 F
1 ripe banana mashed
1/2 cup organic applesauce
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs molasses
2 tbs organic honey
2 cups rolled oats (not quick cook)
1 1/2 cups organic ground brown rice flour
1/2 cup organic ground flaxseed
mix wet ingredients together, then add dry. I use a small spoon to shape the biscuits and plate them onto silpats and cookie sheets. Bake for ten minutes, flip and bake for 8 minutes more. Makes about 48 snax.
Cool and then refrigerate. I have left them out but they stay refrigerated forn two weeks. The honey and molasses act as a natural preservative. Hope your pooch enjoys.
I have used peanut butter instead of apple sauce or bananas but the this mix is i think a tasty biscuit. Yes I sample them!