So, I decided I wasn't quite finished baking tonight. OK, I didn't have the energy to make a stir fry for myself for dinner, but I did have the energy to bake 3½ dozen doggie cookies for the girls.
Yesterday, I ran out of dog food and gave the girls some garbanzo beans (they LOVED them), but then had a moment where I wondered if garbanzo beans were safe for dogs, so I went looking on the Internet. Yes, garbanzo beans are safe for dogs, so next time I make them some rice as a supplement to their dry food, I'll throw in some garbanzo beans. :) I actually like making different rice variations for the girls as a healthy, non-processed alternative to the dog food I normally buy. Although, I do buy a brand that has no additives or preservatives, which is great!
In the process, I found a recipe for dog cookies with banana, peanut butter, oatmeal, and parsley. I found the recipe at the website for Whole Food Markets. Here is the link: Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats.
I had a couple of ripe bananas waiting to be used, so I thought what the heck? The cookies were fairly easy to make. One substitution I made was I couldn't find oat flour at the store I went to, so I just picked up brown rice flour instead. It worked well and the cookies look like the ones in the recipe photo. No telling what it did to the taste, though. I was a bit surprised that they had to bake for 40 minutes. I made a double batch, but I'm sure some of my cookies were bigger than they should have been because I didn't get a full 4 dozen, but rather 3½ dozen. The recipe states to store them in the fridge or freeze them. Since I have 3 dogs (2 big, 1 little), I'm sure I won't have to worry about the cookies going bad.
I probably won't be making these every week, but it's a nice alternative to use up ripe bananas before they go bad. Plus, it's one of the few snacks that I will be giving my dogs that I know are wholesome, without preservatives or additives, are freshly made, and are healthy for them to eat. All three of my dogs LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cookies!