Show your 4-legged friends some love this holiday season with a batch of these homemade Peanut Butter Oat Dog Bones!
It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. There’s always one more present that needs to be wrapped and one more party to go to. Not that I’m complaining or anything…who doesn’t love presents and parties? But I always have to remind myself to slow down and actually enjoy the season. Otherwise, I wake up on January 2nd and wonder what the heck happened to the holidays.
As a food blogger, I make a lot of food. I’m in the kitchen every day tweaking recipes or trying out new ideas. No matter what I’m baking or cooking, I have two pups who are always there to keep me company. (Actually, to be honest, I have one 4-legged friend keeping me company while the other one patiently waits for Mom to come home from work. What can I say? She’s a Mommy’s dog.)
I got Maximus after I graduated from college, and he’s been a faithful friend ever since. He’s moved with me from North Carolina to Louisiana to Georgia and now New York. He sat under my feet while I read countless journal articles and worked on my dissertation for hours upon end. And now he follows me back and forth between the kitchen and the office. Sure, he gets to nibble on bits of fruit and veggies while I’m working, but it’s about time for him to have his very own batch of Peanut Butter Oat Dog Bones. (Ok, so he does have to share with his sister, but he’s always been pretty good about looking out for her.)
Ethel joined the Spiced house when I met my wife while we were both living in Atlanta. She’s a mixed breed rescue dog, and she has the biggest heart ever for a 9-pound pup. To be honest, I didn’t think I was a fan of small dogs…until Ethel hopped into my lap and went to sleep. Actually, she’s curled up in my lap while I am writing this post. I think she’s just trying to be nice so that she gets another one of these dog bones.
Homemade dog bones are incredibly easy to make, and it’s great to see the reaction on the dogs’ faces when they realize the treats are for them. Here’s the thing about these Peanut Butter Oat Dog Bones…there’s nothing in there that I wouldn’t eat. Ok, I might even have taken a nibble of one of the bones. They’re kinda like a peanut butter sandwich on honey wheat bread. With chicken stock. Not sure how the chicken stock works its way in, but the dogs sure seem to love it.
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how easy it is to give back to other people. However, it’s all too easy to forget that animal shelters need some love, too. I wanted to make a batch of these Peanut Butter Oat Dog Bones and take them to our local animal shelter, but I wasn’t sure if they could accept homemade treats. Instead, I looked up what sorts of items they needed on their website and then just grabbed those on my weekly grocery run.
My wife and I went down this past weekend to drop off the supplies. The staff there was so incredibly appreciative, and it truly made us feel great to give back. We’ve now decided that we are going to make a regular habit of dropping supplies off at the animal shelter. So even if you can’t bring any more cats or dogs into your home, you can still do something to help the animals while they wait for their new homes. Just call your local animal shelter to see what you can do to help…trust me, it feels awesome to help out!
Peanut Butter Oat Dog Bones
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp honey
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats and baking powder; stir until well mixed.
- Add the egg, chicken broth, honey and peanut butter. Stir until a smooth, but crumbly dough forms. Press the dough together into a large ball.
- Place the dough on a well-floured countertop and roll out to about ½” thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into various shapes. Place bones on a parchment-lined sheet pan. (The bones will not expand much when baking, so you can place them close together.)
- Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting until all dough has been used.
- Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, or until bones are light golden in color. Allow bones to cool completely.
- Store leftover bones in an airtight container for 5 days.
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