My confession is that I LOVE to bake anything … from cookies to cakes to breads. Nothing is more satisfying to me than making a homemade healthy dog cookie for my Doodle Emma. So when I saw this strawberry banana cookie recipe, I just knew I had to make it for her. Wow did they turn out amazing, and boy did she love eating them!

My true love of dogs is why I am a dog photographer. I have been into photography and had a camera for years (I won’t want to tell you how many years .. eek!). I started by taking pictures of landscapes, wild animals and flowers, then later on started taking pictures of my dogs. I loved doing that so much that one day I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to take pictures of other people dogs?  So I did and the next thing I knew Too The Dogs Photography was born!

It is a fabulous thing to take two of your passions and put them together.

Here is the recipe for these yummy cookies.

Strawberry Banana Dog Treat Recipe

1 egg

1/3 cup peanut butter*

1 c  Wheat flour**

1/2 c  Oats

1/2 c mashed banana

5 ripe strawberries (cut into tiny pieces)

*Make sure to use peanut butter with no sugar or sugar substitutes. I’ll admit I love my Jif, so I don’t keep all natural peanut butter on hand. My tip is to use fresh ground peanut butter at your store then you can ground the amount you need for recipe.

** You can substitute wheat flour with grain: barley, buckwheat, millet, oat, pea, quinoa, rice or sorghum. Non grain: chickpea, coconut, hazelnut, lentil or potato.

Instructions

1.)  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2.) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and knead until a dough ball forms. If it is too sticky add a bit more flour.

3.) You can go two ways here. The simpler way is to put the dough into a silicone mold (if you mold skip to step 6. You can also roll out and use a cookie cutter.  That is what I did.

4.) If you use a cookie cutter, the dough will be a bit sticky and you just need to be patient and use flour once you have rolled the dough out. You can decide on the thickness of the cookie. I used heart-shaped metal cookie cutter.

5.) Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

6.) Bake approximately 20-25 minutes based on the thickness of the cookie.  Let completely cool on a cookie rack.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days; then freeze up to 3 months. Thaw out a cookie when you feel like treating your pup to something special as these treats should be given sparingly.