Clem's Peanut Butter Squirrels - Wheat-Free Dog Cookies

As you may know, Clem is my feisty Jack Russell Terrier.  This is my second doggie dessert; the first was the classic pumpkin biscuits.  

Recently, my husband and I were shopping and we nabbed a squirrel cookie cutter. I knew that Clem would approve.

Like any terrier, Clem loves chasing small critters.  I'm sad to say that she does not respect animal lives as much as I do; she has quite a kill list racked up - a groundhog, a chipmunk, a bird, a mole, and a lizard.  But there was also a squirrel, probably her most proud accomplishment and the only one that I witnessed.

She was TERRIFYING in action.  My sweet, thirteen-pound dog.  Sigh.

Anyway, these treats were inspired by her enthusiasm for squirrels.

Adapted from Pet

1/2 ripe banana, mashed
1 c. hot water
1/3 c. natural peanut butter
1 c. rice flour*
1 c. oat flour*
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

*You can totally use whole wheat flour for the entire recipe.  Rice flour is generally easier for dogs to digest, but I find that if you use it for the entire recipe, the biscuits are weird and gritty.


Preheat the oven to  375° and line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.

In a Pyrex measuring cup, combine the hot water and peanut butter.  Stir to combine.  

In a separate, larger bowl, smush the banana and add the peanut butter/water mix.  Add the flours and baking powder to the mixture.

On a well-floured surface or between two pieces of floured parchment paper, roll out the biscuit dough to about 1/4 inch and cut the biscuits out.  You can get A LOT of biscuits out of this recipe.  I tend to make a lot of smaller treats and make a few fun, larger ones.  You can stick each biscuit with a fork to let some heat through.

This recipe yielded about 40 squirrels.

Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes and then flip them; bake them for 20 more minutes (40 minutes total).  These biscuits should be close to rock-hard when you take them out of the oven.

I hope your pup enjoys these biscuits; they smell good enough for people to eat!