Wouldn't it be nice to carry one treat while you are walking your dogs that would be good for both you and your dog to eat? Well the Hike-N-Hound Bar will keep both of you full of energy with natural, healthy ingredients that can be customized to your liking. Whip up a quick batch, or two, and switch up the ingredients to find the perfect balance of sweet and nutty.
I spent the day looking around the web for energy bar recipes but they all seemed to include chocolate, which is toxic to dogs, so I finally came across a few vegan recipes that used bananas as the binder and the light came on! I combined the Granola Almond Butter a Bar recipe from Anja's Food 4 Thought blog (which has amazing recipes by the way) and the Homemade Blueberry Muffin Larabars from Use Real Butter to make my bars. Now for the recipe:
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats (raw, not cooked)
- 1/4 cup chopped raw almonds (not salted)
- zest of 1 lemon (optional)
- seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean (optional)
- Mash or mix two bananas in a food processor until they are like a thick liquid.
- In a small pot heat up peanut butter and mashed bananas, stirring so it doesn't burn.
- Course chop the apricots and the blueberries in a food processor until you have 1/8" to 1/4" pieces.
- Course chop the almonds or leave them larger if you want a chunkier bar.
- Add all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. It will be slightly sticky but if you feel it is too sticky then add in more oats.
- Press into a small parchment lined baking dish, spreading evenly to about 1/2" thickness or until it fills the pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the top is slightly brown. My bars turned out soft and chewy so if you want them a but crunchier cook longer.
- Cool completely and then using a pizza cutter cut into bars or rectangles.
- Keep in the refrigerator or freeze for later!
Foyle wanted a piece as soon as it came out of the oven and set his big head on the counter until it was cool enough to eat! I'm glad he likes them because they will be perfect to bring along on our trip up to Tahoe next week!
Nooner liked them so much that after I took pictures of her eating some she climbed up onto the kitchen counter to go and look for some more! They all love these bars! The best part is that you can switch out any dried fruit that you like and that is safe for your dog to eat. So next time you are planning a hike don't forget to make a batch of Hike-N-Hound Bars for your trip!
As always, please check with your veterinarian before you make these bars if your dog has allergies or food restrictions. Some dogs are allergic to nuts so you can eliminate the peanut butter and almonds and include more bananas or chopped dates.