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 Guide.com
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!