One weekend a while back, my husband and I joined some friends for a quick half-hour of blueberry picking.
Even though it was only 30 minutes, between the 5 of us, we collected 13 pounds of berries. Yep, pounds.
We split up our haul, and I baked everything from blueberry pie to muffins, cookies and pancakes.
But I still had leftovers.
So, there was only one thing to do: I finished up the last of my fresh blueberries in a new dog treat recipe for Banjo.
Blueberry and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 1½ cups oatmeal
- ⅔ cup peanut butter (no xylitol)
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- ¼ cup fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Using a food processor, grind the oatmeal until it resembles a coarse flour.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth. If the dough seems too runny, add a little more oatmeal.
- Press the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper and refrigerate for 20–30 minutes.
- While you wait, heat your oven to 350 F.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and, leaving it between the wax paper, roll it to ¼-inch thickness.
- Using a knife or cookie cutter, cut out the treats and place them on a nonstick baking sheet.
- Bake for 12–15 minutes.
I really enjoy using ingredients like blueberries in Banjo’s treats because of the potential health benefits.
Blueberries contain pterostilbene, a “powerful, dog-approved antioxidant that has been shown to contain potent cancer-fighting properties in animal studies,” according to Dr. W. Jean Dodds, DVM.1
Even so, you should feed your dog berries in moderation, not as a substitute for a complete and balanced diet. And be sure to brush your pet’s teeth regularly.
Aside from the healthfulness of these treats, I’m even happier that Banjo is a fan of the berries — she loves her treats and leaves no crumbs behind.
Adapted from: Delish D’Lites.
- Dodds, W. Jean, DVM, and Diana R. Laverdure. Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog for Optimum Health. Dogwise Publishing. 2014.
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