I am a cook. That means that I am obsessed, passionate and very curious about food. For the many years that we had Buci, our much loved Golden Retriever, I was very particular about what she ate. Nutrition and healthy eating is just as important for our dogs as it is for us. But, we all need a treat now and then, a little indulgence, so I played around with various dog biscuit recipes until I came up with one that pleased us both. Buci is no longer with us, but my friend Spencer, another Golden Retriever, comes to stay every now and then, and he is now the lucky recipient of these biscuits.
Like Buci, he too enjoys a treat now and then.
Using water in this recipe will give you a harder, more traditional dog biscuit; milk a softer, flakier one. Also, I try to use a peanut butter that is salt and sugar free.
- 11/4 cups wholemeal flour
- ¼ cup wheatgerm
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¾ cup warm water, or milk
- 1 cup peanut butter, (Buci preferred smooth)
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- Extra flour for rolling.
Preheat oven to 170C. Combine the flour, wheatgerm, oats and baking powder together in a bowl. Gradually stir in the water or milk, peanut butter and molasses and turn out onto a floured surface and knead until a soft dough forms. Roll out to an approximate 1.5 cm thickness and cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. Re-roll dough and repeat. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, then turn it down to 60C and bake for another 1 – 2 hours. This process allows the biscuits to dry out slowly, becoming crunchy and hard. After an hour, test by breaking one in half. If still moist inside, continue baking and test again after another ½ hour. Let cool and store in a jar in the pantry.
Remember, these are treats and should not replace your dog’s normal diet.