As I was browsing through my Herbal Kitchen cookbook by Jerry Traunfeld, I rediscovered that he had a recipe for dog treats. And since we have been trying to eat healthier around here ourselves, I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand.
Peanut butter, whole wheat flour, nutritional yeast, and parsley: it sounded like a human snack! It was really easy to make the dough and roll it into the bone shapes. They do have to cook in the oven for 2 hours so just plan accordingly.
Good Dog, Bad Dog Biscuits
From The Herbal Kitchen by Jerry Traunfeld
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dry nutritional yeast
1 1/2 Tablespoons garlic powder
1 cup parsley sprigs, gently packed
1/2 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter
1 cup water
Whirl the oats, flour, yeast, garlic powder, and parsley in the food processor until finely ground. Add the peanut butter and process until combined. Add the egg and the water and process until a dough forms a firm ball that spins around the blade.
Turn the dough out onto a board and knead briefly. Pinch off a piece of dough (a size corresponding to the size of your dog) and roll it into a cylinder. Use your fingers to make a bone shape by pressing your fingertip into both ends to create the sockets.
(Note: I just divided the dough into 4 logs and then each log into 12 pieces. This makes 48 nice milkbone sized snacks.)
Place on cookie sheet and bake 2 hours. They will brown a little so you can turn them over half way through cooking if you care about that but I didn't bother since Oskar doesn't care if one side is a little browner than the other! They smell delicious when they come out of the oven.
Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.