Peanut butter is a favorite among most dogs. Here is a nutritious, delicious recipe that’s good for your Yorkie, with no added sugar and sweetened with molasses.
Catherine has never been too fond of peanut butter – I’m not sure why since most dogs got nutty for peanut butter. So, this week I endeavored to make a treat with peanut butter that even Catherine would enjoy. The result is a recipe that Catherine enjoys (it actually tastes pretty good) and a peanut-butter-loving dog will happily devour.
I used organic peanut butter, with no added sugar or anything at all except peanuts. Peanut butter is a good source of protein and it contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Typical peanut butter contains added sugar, salt, and other oils. For Catherine, I have organic, all natural peanut butter, and the only ingredient is peanuts.
For sweetening in this recipe I used unsulfured blackstrap molasses. Molasses are high in potassium and contain other trace minerals. From wikipedia:
Sulfured molasses is made from young sugarcane. Sulfur dioxide, which acts as a preservative, is added during the sugar extraction process. Unsulphured molasses is made from mature sugarcane, which does not require such treatment. The three grades of molasses are: mild or barbados, also known as first molasses; dark, or second molasses; and blackstrap. These grades may be sulphured or unsulphured.
We are also using goat milk, which contains less lactose than cow’s milk. Both cow’s and goat’s milk are high in calcium and protein. Goat’s milk contains 25 percent more vitamin B-6 than cow’s, and vitamin A is 47% higher in goat’s milk, too. Goat’s milk has three times as much niacin, it is also four times higher in copper. Goat’s milk also contains 27 percent more of the antioxidant selenium than cow’s milk.
This recipe also uses an interesting new flour I have discovered – spelt flour. Spelt is a cereal grain in the wheat family that is lower in calories and higher in protein than wheat. It’s also easy to digest and lower in fiber than wheat, while still high in fiber and low in gluten. Dogs who have wheat allergies tend to tolerate spelt flour. So, it’s a good alternative to wheat flour.
We added rolled oats to our recipe for a bit of texture. Oats are high in protein, soluble fiber and contain iron, manganese, zinc, and B vitamins (pantothenic acid, B5, and folate, B9). Oats are also low in gluten.
Cinnamon is non-toxic to dogs and used in this recipe for added flavor (do not substitute nutmeg as it is toxic to dogs in large-ish quantities).
Finally, we use baking powder to make our biscuits lighter and as a leavening agent to increase the volume of the final product.
Here’s the recipe (ingredients linked so you can purchase them on amazon.com):
Peanut Butter and Molasses Yorkie Treats
1 1/2 Cups Organic Spelt Flour
1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp. Organic Cinnamon Powder
3/4 Cup Evaporated Goat Milk
1 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp. Blackstrap Molasses
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and set aside. whisk the flour, oats, cinnamon, and baking powder together in a medium bowl.
Gradually stir in peanut butter, milk, and molasses. Turn out onto floured surface. Knead until a soft dough forms (only slight kneading for spelt flour – longer kneading for wheat flour).
Roll out to about 1/2 to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with Bone Shaped Cookie Cutters. Place on baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes until browned.
Cool completely. Store in airtight container. Will last 2 weeks unrefrigerated.
The nifty little container I am using for these treats is called “Pupperware” and they are totally awesome. I have a couple of these and they are bone shaped and stack together. You can get yours online for just $3.99. They come in clear with lid colors of clear, pink, red, and black. Click here to get some for yourself: Bone-shaped Pupperware to store your dog treats.