George & Bitsy are Goldendoodles! They both have extremely sensitive stomachs and Bitsy is way more picky than George when it comes to food. My parents and I always make sure we feed them healthy options and "made in America" dog food when we buy it from the store. We have had the biggest issue buying and choosing dog treats...how crazy is that? We recommend Old Mother Hubbard if you don't like making your treats at home. Most boxes of food/treats contain weird ingredients that aren't necessarily recommended for dogs. We stay away from any food made outside of the US to be extra safe. The dog treat recipe below is PERFECT for picky, sensitive dogs! I call them their carrot cakes. My doodles absolutely approve and they loved them!!
- 1 cup of whole wheat and/or regular flour
- 1 cup of quick oatmeal
- 1 or 2 tbsp. of parsley (helps bad dog breath!)
- 1 egg
- 1 or 2 tbsp. of coconut oil
- 2 - 3 carrots
- 1 banana
- 1 or 2 tbsp. of brown sugar (optional)
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: do all the shredding and cutting first!
I cut my parsley to a pretty small size because I use a cheese grater to shred the carrots for a bigger size.
This is the amount you get when you use 2 (large) carrots. Feel free to use 3, it just depends on how much carrot you really want in your biscuit/treat. These have the most taste!!
Step 3: puree & prepare your banana
The banana acts as the paste so you want it to be relatively smooth and consistent. I don't remove allllll the chunks because you still want it to be thick (thickness helps it hold everything together)...thinner banana makes it yucky.
Step 4: put your ingredients together
- excluding your banana -
I mixed allllll of this to get an idea of how much I had, and to get the carrots and parsley to mix nicely with the flour and oatmeal.
Step 5: add your banana and mix everything together until it looks/feels like a dough
Step 6: flour up a surface and spread the dough out
The dough is extremely sticky so flour helps SO MUCH, believe me!! Press your dough or roll your dough until completely flat. I rolled mine out to about 1/4" thick. They will rise in the oven.
Step 7: using a cookie cutter(s) of your choice, slice away!
Place them onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper! I try to avoid using oil on everything (including pans) with your dogs unless its coconut!
Step 8: place them in a 350 degree oven for approx. 30 minutes
After the 30 minutes are up, you can turn the oven off and if you leave them in for a few extra minutes, they get a little more crispy.
Finished product!! My doodles loved them!! I hope your dogs do too!!
If you make these treats at home, I'd love to hear how yours come out. Let me know if you change any ingredients or try different sizes!!