Halo and Buster celebrated another birthday this week. My kids are growing up so fast. As in years past, I prepared a homemade treat for them to enjoy. In 2017, it was dog-friendly cookie dough inspired by DO in New York. I heat-treated whole wheat flour to a safe 170 degrees F and mixed in other dog-safe ingredients, including peanut butter and honey, to create what I like to call puppy dough. Served plain, Halo and Buster enjoyed every bite. However, it’s a celebration, so mix-ins were necessary.
I raided the treat bar at Petco to purchase essentials for making three puppy dough flavors: berry, carob chip and cookies and cream. Carob chip was my “everyday” flavor, one I knew both pups would enjoy. Cookies and cream was prepared especially for Halo because she loves “chocolate” flavors. In contrast, Buster is a berry fan. I know this because he quickly eats anything berry flavored, but always seems hesitant of other sweet treats. What a picky little guy. I love it though! Happy birthday my loves.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp organic honey
- 1 - 1½ cups organic apple sauce
- Mix-Ins: carob chip cookies, a variety of sandwich cookies and other dog treats (optional)
- In a bowl, heat-treat the whole wheat flour by microwaving on high for 1 minute. Stir and repeat until the flour reaches a minimum of 160 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, mash the banana, peanut butter and honey in a bowl. Stir in the flour.
- Mix in enough apple sauce to achieve the desired consistency. Less will be used if toppings are omitted. If using toppings, the crumbs will absorb some of the moisture, so more apple sauce is required.
- Complete the puppy dough by mixing in crushed dog treats of choice.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.