How to make all natural treats for your pooch with only four simple, wholesome ingredients
If you are like us and need a lil something to give your four-legged bff for Christmas, we've got you covered. Instead of scavenging through the pet shops to find a plastic-wrapped this or that with some unknown ingredients, you can bake some (almost) zero waste treats. With only four ingredients, this quick DIY is perfect for you Christmas Eve scramblers. We got this great idea from Lauren Singer, founder of Trash is for Tossers and CEO of Package Free Shop. Let's get started!
What You'll Need
Rolling pin (or wine bottle, in our case)
Bone shape cookie cutter (convenient but we made do without)
Bowl for mixing
1 cup of whole wheat flour (plus a sprinkle for dusting your surface)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup ripe banana
1/4 cup chicken stock
In order to make this recipe (almost) zero waste, we bought our whole wheat flour and peanut butter in bulk with reusable mason jars at Zero Waste Bulk in Waterloo, Ontario. Unfortunately, the only pre-made chicken stock we could find was at the grocery store in a carton. But if you have time to make your own chicken stock, even better! Besides that, the only other waste was a sticker on our banana! We used Reynold's Kitchens parchment paper which is compostable, so make sure to check yours before throwing it in your compost bin.
Let's Get Started
1. Combine your ingredients
First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F. Mash up your banana in a bowl and add in the other ingredients. Mix it well until you're left with a good looking ball of dough.
Don't forget to give your doggo a taste along the way to do a quality check.
2. Roll out your dough
Sprinkle some flour over your working surface. Roll out your dough ball with your rolling pin, or wine bottle in our case, until your dough is about a 1/4" thick.
3. Cut out your cookies
Next, cut out fun bone-shaped cookies either with a cookie cutter or get creative. Cover your baking sheet in parchment paper and spread your cookies out.
Place your baking sheet in the oven and bake for 16 to 20 minutes, or until they start to brown on the top. Let cool before letting your pooch do a taste test.
The verdict is in and Kea's face says it all...homemade doggo treats are a success!