I don't know why, but I'm not really feeling Halloween this year. We have two big boxes full of Halloween decorations that I'm not even going to bother putting up. We live on a busy commercial street so don't usually get many (if any) trick or treaters, so I'm not even going to bother attempting to give out Halloween candy this year. I didn't make/get costumes for the dogs like I usually do either. I figure we'll all just stay in on Halloween night, maybe put a movie in, and let the holiday pass by quietly this year.
I'm sure the dogs won't mind at all. But in the spirit of not being a complete Halloween humbug, and because I needed training treats for the boys anyways, I decided to try and come up with a new (Halloween themed) dog treat recipe. I was initially inspired by candy corn, that Halloween treat that everyone loves to hate. However, the treats I made don't really look like candy corn and the dogs really like them!
Perhaps they like them a little too much. After baking them I put the treats out to cool on a paper towel on our kitchen counter. I left the kitchen to get a bit of work done before taking pictures for this post, then I heard a weird sound coming from the kitchen. I went in to check what was going on to discover that Fen, much to Kit's delight, had pulled the paper towel, and all the treats with it, off the counter and onto the floor. Sigh. I should know better by now then to leave food out on the counter unsupervised. Fen may be tiny, but his food theft game is on point.
Anyways, without further ado, I introduce to you, dear dog owners, the Halloween Triple Threat - Banana, honey, and peanut butter dog treats...
- 2 1/2 cups flour (plus extra)
- 1 cup water
- Half of a banana
- A spot (about 2 teaspoons) of honey
- 2 heaping teaspoons of dog safe peanut butter
- Food coloring (optional)
- This is easy! Just mix your 2 1/2 cups flour and 1cup of warm water together in a large bowl. The resulting blob should be a bit dry and flaky. That's ok, we'll fix that soon!
- Separate your blob into three equal, smaller blobs.
- Take your first blob and add 1/2 of a peeled banana, plus food coloring if desired. Mix, mix, mix! Here is where you might require extra flour. Add as necessary. You want your blob to be dry enough that you can roll it out on your table without it sticking.
- Set aside your banana blob and take a second, unflavored blob. To this one add 2 teaspoons (more or less as desired) of honey and a different color food coloring (if desired) and mix it all together. Again, you may need to add a bit of additional flour here to get your blob to the right consistency.
- Last blob! To this one add 2 heaping teaspoons (more or less as desired) of dog safe peanut butter. Again with the extra flour, you know the drill by now.
- This part is fun. On a clean table roll out each of your three different flavored blobs. Try to roll them out to roughly the same size - the longer/thinner your blob rolls the smaller your final treats will be.
- Once you have all three blobs rolled out (I guess they aren't really blobs anymore?) You're going to line them up then twist them together. Get creative if you want.
- Use a knife (carefully) to cut your dough snake into small, bite sized treats. Place your treats onto a lightly floured baking sheet.
- Bake your treats at 350*F for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them, you may need to bake them for more or less time depending on how small you made your treats or how crunchy/soft you want to make them.
- This is the best step! Let your treats cool then it's taste test time! Uh...I advise you leave this step to the dogs, although I guess you could taste them too if you'd like.
Oh and, you know, maybe make sure you lay them out to cool somewhere your dog can't reach. Learn from my mistakes!
Both my hair balls really like these treats. If you make these, I'd love to hear about how they came out and what your dog(s) think! Comment below!
I have a few other posts planned for this month but this will probably be it for Halloween stuff, so I wanted to take this time to wish everyone a fun and safe Halloween!!