Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Here's The Recipe For Our Peanut Butter Banana Cinna Dog Biscuits

The inspiration for last week's new homemade dog treat recipe was the newest addition to our family...sweet Willamina. We're in the process of transitioning her to the same homemade meals and treats our kids eat. It's a slow process, but one we've been through several times with our other kids. Last week, I created a recipe for Bodacious Strawberry Banana Dog Treats. These treats were peanut butter free. This week, I wanted to introduce Willa to peanut butter.

I'll be the first to admit, I don't care much for recipe blog posts that include an entire story before the actual recipe. You know, the ones you have to scroll through for at least an hour (slight exaggeration) before getting to the recipe. However. I need to share 2 things with you.

If you're not interested, scroll to the recipe and photos.

The first, the day Willa joined our family, I made the mistake of giving her an entire Bodacious Biscuit Love Peanut Butter Dog Treat.  I wasn't thinking. Not only did Willa's life change drastically the day we adopted her, but her little tummy wasn't used to homemade peanut butter treats.

We use a lot of peanut butter in our Bodacious Biscuit Love Peanut Butter Dog Treats. 

Between the combination of stress, change, and her previous diet, the peanut butter treat didn't settle well.

At the time, she was bleeding because she's in heat. She had a diaper on. The diaper is what contained the diarrhea that followed. Twice.

Each time, Willa got a warm bubble bath.

The Bodacious Strawberry Banana Biscuits was the perfect solution. She loved 'em and they settled in her tummy.

The second thing I want to share is a not-so-proud-Dog-Mom moment yesterday. On Monday, I made a crock pot meal for our kids. It included skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, and green beans.

Like with all of the crock pot meals I make our kids, I take the meat out before gathering all of the cooked fruits and vegetables. Once all of the produce is scooped out, I put the meat back in and shred. The meat soaks up all of the juices.

We served the meat and a tiny bit of sweet potatoes to Willa along with some whole grain rice and a few pieces of kibble.

Yesterday, Willa was in her crate for an hour. I was getting ready to take her outside. She had just been outside about 2 hours prior.

When I walked into the office, that's when I saw it.

She had messed in her crate.

There was very little smell. I knew it was food related.

That's when the proverbial light bulb went off.

The chicken we had fed Willa was mixed in with the juices and some of the soft produce from the crock pot meal. Her tummy wasn't ready for that amount of produce...yet.

Willa got a warm bubble bath and I cleaned her crate thoroughly.

I immediately cooked a few skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

By late evening, her bowel movements were solid.



By this time, I was almost out of the Bodacious Strawberry Banana Dog Treats. I needed to make something for Willa while she continues her transition from store bought food and treats to homemade.

That was my inspiration this week for my Peanut Butter Banana Cinna Dog Biscuits.

All of our kids loved 'em. And, they settled very well in Willa's tummy.

In a mixer or bowl, combine the following...

1 medium to large very ripe banana mashed
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon peanut butter

I didn't need to add any water or milk to this dough. However, depending on the size banana you use and the size of your egg, you may need to add an extra sprinkle of flour.

Roll the dough so it's about 1/4 inches thick. Use the cookie cutter of your choice to cut. You can roll and cut as many times as you need to.

If you don't have a rolling pin or cookie cutters. you can take chunks of dough and flatten them in the palm of your hand.

I baked these at 350 for 24 minutes. The baking time will vary depending on your oven. After 24 minutes, they were a nice golden brown.

After letting them sit out for 24 hours, they hardened up nice...which is what I wanted.

These treats smelled incredible while baking. To us, they tasted a bit bland, but I liked them. ALL of our kids LOVE them!

To us, that's what really matters.

This was also a great introduction to Skippy Natural Peanut Butter for Willa.

Total. Success.

Enjoy and happy baking.

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