Hamilton officially celebrated his 1st birthday with us! Brian wouldn't let me go so far as to throw him a doggie birthday party (though I asked), so I decided to bake him up some special treats instead. He's on a grain free diet so I used gluten free all purpose flour. Laugh all you want, but grain free diets are better for your pooch. They are closer to what their ancestral diets were and lessen the likelihood of a food allergy which can cause all kinds of problems. Feel free to substitute it with whole wheat flour instead.
We're so glad to have this little puggle in our life. He was a rescue, found on the mean streets of downtown L.A. I can't imagine how anyone wouldn't love this sweet face. He makes us laugh everyday and there's so many like him to be saved. He is definitely our fur baby!
- 1 1/2 cups of flour (gluten free or whole wheat)
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1 mashed banana
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk egg and flour together in one bowl and set aside. Mash banana and peanut in another bowl and combine with the flour mixture. Knead directly in bowl until it forms one ball.
Flour your work surface generously and transfer your dough ball to it. Flour your rolling pin and sprinkle a bit on top of your dough to keep from sticking (this dough is a little wet). Roll out until it is a 1/4 inch.
Using a floured cookie cutter, press out your shaped. I used these small ruffled round ones and not the bone shape because Hammy has a small little mouth.
Transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet.
I used the back of my measuring spoons to make this little paw prints. A teaspoon sized one for the main paw pad, and a 1/2 teaspoon for the "toes."
Bake for 10-17 minutes depending on your dough. Mine took longer because of the gluten free flour.
Let cool on pan for a minute and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
Hammy's favorite treat is bananas so this took A LOT of self control. I made him wait too long and he just gave up. He was one happy camper when I finally gave him the go. Happy 1st birthday Hams!!!