bcreative: oatsy dog biscuits
This Banfield-approved dog biscuit recipe is great to keep on hand for special occasions. Make it even more fun by using cookie cutters. Make two batches and share one as a gift for doggo birthdays, holidays, or any special day you want to hand out some oatsy love.
Oats: They’re not just for horses
Oats make an excellent once-in-a-while dog treat. They’re low-calorie, low-fat, and packed full of good things like omega-6 fatty acid for healthy doggy skins and soluble fiber to help regulate blood glucose.
Make sure you don’t use flavored oatmeal, though: it can have extra sugar and additives that aren’t great for your dog. And as always, remember that snacks aren’t replacements for meals, and check with your vet before trying new foods.
Choose the right fat
We recommend margarine, not butter, in this recipe. Butter is very high in fat and too much of it can lead to health problems like pancreatitis. Even in a treat like Oatsy Biscuits, keeping fat low in pet food is a great idea.
Big or small, make ‘em crunchy
We recommend making palm-sized biscuits so they’re nicely crunchy, not super soft. But dogs love treats even in small sizes – so if in doubt, size down!
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 cup plain oats (do not use flavored oatmeal)
- 1/3 cup margarine
- 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
- 3/4 cup powdered milk
- 3/4 cup corn meal
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- Combine oats, margarine, and bouillon in a large mixing bowl. Cover with warm water and let stand for five minutes.
- Stir powdered milk, cornmeal, and egg into your oat mixture.
- Slowly stir in flour until the mixture stiffens. Add small amounts of additional flour if needed.
- Flour a work surface. Turn dough out and knead for 3 to 5 minutes, then roll out to ½-inch thickness.
- Preheat your oven to 325° Fahrenheit.
- Cut your flattened dough into fun shapes and place on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 325° Fahrenheit for 50 minutes. Cool completely – no hot dog treats please! – and allow to dry thoroughly.
- Store in a sealed container and use as a “once in a while” reward for your very good boy or girl.
Calories for entire recipe (not individual servings): 3,061