Kelly the Culinarian: Cooking with Kelly: Napoleon's Favorite Dog Treat Recipe

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cooking with Kelly: Napoleon's Favorite Dog Treat Recipe

This headline is a bit of a lie - Napoleon loves all treats. Some of his favorite human food snacks include bananas, sweet potatoes, boiled egg yolks, green beans, pumpkin, peanut butter and tuna. He can hear bananas being unpeeled and cans opening. He's a little rascal.

But for Christmas, now that we all have dogs, we thought it would be nice to include the furkids in the holiday festivities. The PR people behind Kretschmer's also sent me a coupon for wheat germ to use, so I figured I'd try a recipe that incorporates it. Wheat germ is a power food that I stir into oatmeal or add to granola. I added it to these treats to provide structure and keep them from falling apart.

A word on the peanut butter: I prefer natural peanut butter, but for baking, you have to use the normal stuff. It has stabilizers that prevent your baked goods from spreading and falling apart. Which is integral if you want to create a Jurassic Park of treats for your pups to destroy.

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treat Recipe
1 egg
1/3 cup regular peanut butter
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 cup mashed up ripe banana
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Kretschmer's wheat germ
water as needed

Start with whisking the egg, then add the peanut butter and honey and whisk until smooth. Continue to whisk in the banana, then switch to a spatula to fold in the dry ingredients.

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