When you pop these peanutty treats into the oven, in minutes an irresistible aroma fills the kitchen, and your pup knows it's treat time. Packing a powerfully nutritious punch of protein from peanuts, peanut butter and eggs, these peanutty applesauce bones also feature the goodness of apples, oats and honey.
Combine all the ingredients in the food processor and mix at low-medium speed, or mix with a spoon until the dough forms. Add more applesauce if the mixture is too dry. Add more whole wheat flour if the mixture is too sticky.
Roll the dough out on a lightly-floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into bones with the cookie cutter. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy clean-up and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Place the bones close together on the baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off the heat and let them cool in the oven for a couple of hours or overnight to become crispy. Store the cookies in an airtight container.
If your dog is overweight, feed these treats only occasionally, or modify by reducing the fat.
Ensure your dog is not allergic to wheat before using whole wheat flour.
For a less crispy cookie, remove the bones from the oven when done and let cool on a wire rack.
Choose organic ingredients when they're available, especially flour, peanut butter, peanuts and applesauce or apples.
You can make your own applesauce by peeling and slicing Granny Smith or spy apples and simmering them in water until they're soft, either in the microwave or by cooking them on the stove. Let cool, then mash them up with a spoon, leaving little chunks, or puree in a food processor until smooth.
You can make your own peanut butter by grinding unsalted peanuts in a food processor or blender.
Omit the cinnamon if your best friend thinks these bones are a little too spicy.
For dogs with wheat or gluten allergies, you can make the same basic recipe with equal portions of brown rice flour and oat flour. You can make your own oat flour by finely grinding old-fashioned rolled oats to a flour-like consistency.
You may also consider modifying the recipe to reduce the fat; use only 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to flavor the bones, omit the peanuts and use a tiny bone cookie cutter to cut each serving by at least one half.
Make these treats into smaller shapes with an assortment of cookie cutters, such as stars, circles and crescents.
Peanutty apple bones are wonderful for holiday or anytime gift-giving to your friends who own dogs, or your pup's best friends. Make them with Christmas tree and other holiday cookie cutters, wrap them up in cello and tie with a beautiful satin or sparkly organza ribbon. Attach a "bone appetit" tag to the ribbon with a list of all the ingredients. If you dare to share the secret, include the recipe instructions -- the lucky recipients are sure to want an encore.
Items You Will Need
- Large mixing bowl
- Food processor or mixing spoon
- Rolling pin
- Bone-shaped cookie cutter
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or aluminum foil
- Olive oil non-stick cooking spray
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup old-fashioned, rolled oats
- 1/2 cup coarse cornmeal
- 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
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- Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to the Natural Health of Dogs & Cats; Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn
- Three Dog Bakery Cookbook; Dan Dye and Jeff Beckloff