Today I woke up to an entire day to myself for the first time in several weeks! Lucky for me the hounds decided that I didn't need to sleep in so I staggered into the kitchen to feed them at their normal it's-too-early:30 time. By that point I was wide awake wondering what to do for the next few hours when I realized I haven't made a Snackerday treat in quite a while. So I thumbed through my favorite DIY dog treat book and found these Oatmeal Cookies which the Mr. pronounced later made the house smell like Christmas.
This recipe is an adaptation from the Bubba Rose Biscuit Co. book Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook which I adjusted mainly to cut out some of the protein so Foyle could eat these without getting an upset stomach. He hasn't been feeling well or eating very much this week so I've been desperate to find something, anything, that he would want to eat to keep weight on him and these cookies did the trick!
- 1 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup applesauce, no sugar added (my substitution for the 3/4 c. peanut butter)
- 1/2 cup shredded raw apple (my addition)
- 1/4 canola oil (my substitution for 1/4 c. safflower oil)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (my addition for more flavor since I did not add in peanut butter)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients together and mix well, add more flour if the dough is still slightly wet and sticky.
- Roll into small balls about 1" in diameter and place on greased or lined cookie sheet. (can be placed close together)
- Press down onto each cookie with your hand to flatten them down.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
- Cool completely and let the feasting begin! Store at room temperature in a covered container.
This batch will make about 3 dozen or so cookies so pack some up and freeze them for later also! I'm thinking that this recipe will make sweet holiday gifts coming up in the next few months too!
As always, please check with your veterinarian before you feed these cookies to your dogs if you are concerned about special dietary needs or allergies.