Monday, January 13, 2014

More Treats for Man's Best Friend

Over the holidays, I happen to have an overripe banana left over from a bunch my husband bought. Probably, most people would throw out an overripe banana, after all it was only one and a small one at that. Not me! I had to find a use for it. An Internet search brought up lots of different choices. I modified the one I picked, and also made it gluten free. These treats do best stored in the refrigerator.

Banana Blueberry Treats
1 1/2 cup gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. However, if you have garbanzo beans in your food storage, you could grind them up and use that.)
One medium banana smashed (You could use 1/4 cup dehydrated bananas, reconstituted.)
1/8 cup honey (You can use a bit less if you would like, the fruit is sweet enough.)
1 TBS ground flax seed (I added two tablespoons. Flax seed oil is excellent for a dog's coat. Molly eats it as part of her regular diet.)
2 TBS water
1/2 cup blueberries (I used dehydrated blueberries, reconstituted.)

Start by reconstituting the blueberries and bananas, if necessary. If using fresh, smash the banana.

Add all the other ingredients except the blueberries and mix well.

When everything is incorporated, fold in the blueberries.

This dough is quite sticky, so I decided to drop them on a cookie sheet. Use a teaspoon, these should be small treats. If your dog doesn't eat fruit regularly (mine does) you don't want to give them too much at one time. If you want to use cookie cutters, dust the work area liberally with flour.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. You will have a happy dog!

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