National Peanut Butter Day
January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day! A favorite of dogs everywhere, peanut butter is a source of both protein and fat. While a small scoop of peanut butter in a Kong toy is enough to thrill most dogs, here are a few other dog-friendly treats for those of you who might want to make a special treat for the occasion.
Note: Please check the ingredient label to make sure your peanut butter does not contain xylitol. While harmless to humans, this sugar substitute is toxic to dogs.
Pumpkin-Peanut Butter Dog Treats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 ripe banana
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (all-natural with no extra sugar)
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (no xylitol or artificial sweeteners)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, cinnamon, banana, eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl. Mix until combined into a firm dough. Add a tablespoon of water at a time if dough is too dry. Roll out dough into 1/2 inch thick sheet. Using cookie cutters, cut out fun shapes and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until hard. Cool and serve.
Tip: If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can roll small sections of the dough into round balls to bake.
Banana-Peanut Butter Freeze
16 ounces Natural Low-Fat Plain Yogurt
1 cup Natural Peanut Butter (no xylitol or artificial sweeteners)
1 tablespoon Natural Honey (and extra to drizzle)
2 Ripe Bananas (chopped)
Chopped bacon or bacon dog treats
Please note that dairy can upset a dog’s stomach so please consult your veterinarian before changing his/her diet. And make sure to use ingredients that are all-natural and dog-friendly. You always want to avoid adding sugar to your pup’s diet when you can.
Combine yogurt, peanut butter, honey and bananas in a small mixing bowl or blender. Mix until smooth or desired consistency. Transfer mixture to freezer safe container and freeze until firm (about 3 hours). Once frozen, scoop 1/4 cup serving into bowl and top with a drizzle of honey and bacon. Serve!
Tip: Ice cube trays or a mini-muffin tins make perfect, bite-sized portions.