Rewarding your dog with treats when it performs a trick or exhibits good behavior is an essential part of dog ownership, but the expense of store-bought treats can quickly add up. When you also consider that commercially-made treats are often full of preservatives, the idea of making homemade treats with natural ingredients like fruit can seem appealing. Fruits such as blueberries and bananas are not only tasty for your dog, but they are full of vitamins and antioxidants that will help keep the dog healthy. Best of all, whipping up a batch of these treats will take less than an hour of your time.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Peel a banana, then slice it and place it into a blender along with 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup milk. Blend until the consistency is smooth.
Pour the fruit mixture into a mixing bowl. Add 2/3 cup rolled oats and 1 1/4 cup rye flour. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together with a large spoon until they are thoroughly blended.
Scoop the mixture out of the bowl with a spoon or cookie dropper. Place each scoop onto a cookie sheet, about an inch apart.
Bake the treats in the oven for 16 minutes or until they appear brown and crispy. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and allow the treats to cool, then store them in a treat jar for up to one week or for two to three weeks in the refrigerator. If you would like to freeze the treats for a later time, they will last up to two months.
Items You Will Need
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 1/4 cup rye flour
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- Mixing bowl
- Large spoon
- Cookie sheet
Jenny Parker is a New England-based entrepreneur who has been writing since 1995. Parker writes extensively on creative self-employment and genealogy; her work has appeared on Etsy.com and Ancestry.com. She also has self-published several short story collections and is currently working on her first non-fiction book chronicling the history of her ancestors in America.