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DIY - Dog Treats on a budget!

October 4th 2016 - by Amanda Perkins

How quickly do we fall head over heels in love with our little four-legged fur-babies? After becoming the proud dog mom to our Australian Shepherd (Hazel, seen below) I found myself immediately going out to the pet store buying every high end, all natural, wheat, dairy or soy free treat I could find. Next I received my credit card bill, racked up with transactions from PetSmart and PetValu and I knew right then and there what was happening.  I was spoiling my puppy with the most expensive treats imaginable and this would need to stop. I couldn’t just cut down on her treat intake, she is after all such a good girl!  Off to Pinterest I went to find myself a healthy, less expensive, home-made version of the treats I was spending upwards of $8-$10 a bag on. Now, not only is my pooch absolutely loving her home made treats but my pet store bills are back on track. The best part is, the ingredients I’m using were already on my grocery list!

The recipe that Hazel (and my wallet) loves is Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treats.  On top of being affordable and delicious (to Hazel) they are also super easy to make.

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of uncooked oatmeal

1 Large banana

½ cup Peanut butter

That’s it!  Three ingredients.  All of these are on our grocery list or in our cupboards.

Instructions

1)      Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees

2)      Using a food processor or blender, grind your oats in to a powder form

3)      In a bowl, mix together the banana and peanut butter until they are smooth. Don’t overly worry if there are still some chunks, as long as the dough sticks together

4)      Keep about 1 tablespoon of oats aside for later and pour the rest into your mixture.

5)      Use the reserved oats to spread down before rolling out your dough approx. 1/4 inch thick

6)      Use a fun cookie cutter or cut into small squares and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet

7)      Treats take approx. 15 minutes to bake (or until the edges start to brown)

8)      Make sure to let these cool completely before storing away (or feeding to your little fur friend). 

These treats last about a week but let’s be honest, they’ll be gobbled up way before that!

Do you have a great recipe you would love to share with us that is affordable?  Email it to: betterbanking@membersavings.ca 

Original source Munchkins and Military via Pinterest