One of my favorite ways to de-stress is to bake or cook while watching a favorite TV show (preferably something in the mindless reality-show genre). So tonight was a perfect opportunity for me to try Yuki the Dog Blog’s Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits! I read my first Yuki post only a week or so ago, when Melissa left a comment on The Daily Toki. Thanks Melissa for posting the delish and easy recipe on your blog! (Check out Yuki’s blog for some adorable pics of her mini schnauzer, plus her elegant baked goods.) The recipe consists of only 5 ingredients! I altered the recipe just a little bit based on the ingredients I had in my pantry. Plus I added just a tiny bit of honey, so Toki and her people parents could indulge in the cookies. : ) For half of the batch, I also added some pumpkin puree and cinnamon, just to see what would happen.
- 2 cups spelt flour
- 1 cup soymilk (despite the bottle, that’s soymilk in there) : )
- 1/2 cup instant oats
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 heaping Tablespoon honey (optional)
- Experimental additions: pumpkin puree and a dash of cinnamon (for half the batch)
Mix dry ingredients, then wet ingredients. You can roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out cookie shapes (my pumpkin batter was a little wet for that), or drop them onto a greased or silpat/wax paper-lined baking sheet. Cook until firm – 10-20 minutes depending on size of cookie – at 375 degrees F.
Let’s just say, Toki thinks I’m an amazing baker . . .
She must have smelled the peanut butter and assumed I was preparing something for her, because as soon as I started measuring and mixing the ingredients for her cookies, I heard the patter of her paws running down the stairs.
She was very curious and patient. But she definitely kept her eye on those cookies!
I love taste tests . . . In my non-scientific taste test, Toki preferred her homemade biscuits over her favorite commercially-baked biscuits (Zukes mini bakes). Yay!
It also passed the Josh taste test. He took Toki for a walk while the cookies were baking, and when he got back, Toki had some competition for the peanut butter treats. At first he was a little dubious when I said the “dog treats” were for both of them, but pretty soon he was asking me for a fourth cookie… hehe. As a side note, the cookies spooned out onto the baking sheets had a better texture for human consumption (moist insides and crunchy outer crust), but the flat, rolled out cookie dough might be better for a pup (just because they’re a little smaller).
The pumpkin-Peanut Butter batch was a little more moist – and the spoon-dropped cookies tasted amazing right out of the oven! As a side note, both of these cookies are not exactly sweet by human standards. But the little touch of honey and the natural sweetness of the peanut butter (and the pumpkin) make it a wholesome-tasting snack. Plus, it’s fun to share with Toki.
One thing I like about this recipe, besides it requiring only simple and readily available ingredients, is that it’s vegetarian. (Not to mention that it’s shareable with us pet parents . . . ) I don’t think dogs should be vegetarians, but it’s nice not to have meaty hands every once in a while.
Some of Toki’s other favorite non-meat training treats are Zukes Mini Bakes Naturals Peanut Butter and Blueberryz (they’re scored down the middle so you can break them into smaller pieces), Fruitables Pumpkin and Banana Treats (a little big for training, but they smell sooo good!), and the Zukes Peanut Butter Mini Naturals. Mmmmm. Of course we’re always on the lookout for good recommendations, so let me know if you have any favorite veggie-based treats or recipes for your pup!