Lately I’ve been trying to use up some leftover ingredients I have stocked in my “dog treat test kitchen,” and this recipe managed to help me out with 2 of those extra ingredients: flaxseed meal and chickpea flour.
Although the original recipe calls for whole wheat flour, I found that the ground chickpea alternative worked wonderfully if I omitted a splash of water.
Even a small serving of flaxseed like this has lots of fiber and protein, according to PetMD, which adds that “fiber is important to a dog’s digestive health, while protein provides energy and keeps the immune system strong.”
Vegan Banana Dog Treats
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup chickpea flour*
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 banana, mashed
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
*If you use another type of flour, you may need to add up to ¼ cup of water to reach a cookie dough consistency.
- Heat your oven to 350 F.
- Combine the flaxseed meal, oats, flour, cinnamon and salt.
- Mix in the mashed banana and coconut oil.
- Drop the dough by tablespoons onto a nonstick cooking sheet and then flatten the balls with the back of a spoon.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
The combination of banana and cinnamon left my kitchen smelling heavenly while these treats were baking. And the scent of Banjo’s favorite snack — bananas — was enough incentive for her to wake from her nap and join me by the stove.
When the cookies were cool enough, Banjo happily snacked on a couple and licked the crumbs from the floor.
Adapted from: Healthy Slow Cooking.
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