If you're following us on Instagram, you're already aware that we have a special visitor this week. He has four legs, snores, and is unbearably cute. We're talking about Thibodaux. While his parents are on vacation in Puerto Rico [not fair, right?], we've had the pleasure of puppy-sitting their bundle of joy.
Between playing hardwood floor fetch with Thib, letting him nap on our laps, and showing him off to all of our 'hood [sorry Brayden and Chris, we shamelessly claimed him as our own child], we whipped up this batch of dog-approved treats. The hardest part about this recipe is keeping your pup from taking you down while you're trying to make the treats.
Recipe Time: 40 minutes
½ c. peanut butter
¼ c. raw honey
1 T. olive oil
1 c. water
1 c. rolled oats
1 ¼ c. oat flour [made from rolled oats]
1 c. whole wheat flour
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Prepare a workspace by sprinkling a layer of flour.
In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, honey, olive oil, and water. Combine the oats and flours in a separate bowl, using your hands to mix it up. Then combine the wet and dry ingredients. Use your hands to mix together until a thick dough forms.
Place the dough ball onto the floured surface and roll it out to ¼" thickness. Keep a dusting of flour on everything while rolling it out - it tends to stick. Use a cookie cutter to create dog bones, or puppy paws, or circles. [aka - it doesn't matter what shape they are because your dog is going to inhale them.]
Place the treats onto the baking sheet and pop them into the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Their appearance doesn't change much during the baking process.
Just like that - you've got homemade dog treats and you know exactly what went into the mix! No horse hoof, or platypus tail, or whatever else it is they're putting in pet food/supplies nowadays.
Don't worry - the cuteness isn't over yet. It just so happened to be Thibodaux's birthday this week. Did we celebrate? You know it.
He was a huge fan of the hat. And an even bigger fan of us making him sit for a photo while a plate full of treats was within paw's reach.
The face of pure joy.
Thib's folks will be coming to fetch him soon and we'll have to say goodbye. We already have a doggie bag [pun so intended] ready so he can take some of his homemade treats to-go.