Flourless Banana and Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Super quick and easy, using only five ingredients these gluten free, flourless banana and peanut butter dog treats will make their tail wag for sure.

Super quick and easy, using only five ingredients these gluten free, flourless banana and peanut butter dog treats will make their tail wag for sure. We all deserve something special from time to time so why not treat our four legged friends to some yummy homemade treats? This recipe, for a change, is totally flourless. I don’t think that flour in small quantities is necessarily bad for our dogs but a few readers have suggested that they would prefer a flourless recipe, so here you have it… banana and peanut butter mixed with oats… quick, easy and actually rather tasty… yes, I do try all baked goods even the ones designed for my dogs.

As I cook / bake for my dogs, which are way above the so-called standard size and on top of that there are two of them, depending on your circumstances you might want to halve the ingredients… just to make sure your pooch doesn’t end up being over fed with treats as you become fearful of the treats going off. The ingredients as stated below will yield 24 6cm round 1cm deep treats, which are perfect for my large / giant breed but might be way too big for a smaller lap dog type of breed, so please adjust ingredient amounts accordingly.

Super quick and easy, using only five ingredients these gluten free, flourless banana and peanut butter dog treats will make their tail wag for sure.

Ingredients:

  • 350g organic oats
  • 200g ripe bananas flesh
  • 200g unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon

Super quick and easy, using only five ingredients these gluten free, flourless banana and peanut butter dog treats will make their tail wag for sure.Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C and prepare a large baking sheet.

In a large bowl place the bananas and mash them well with a fork.

Add the peanut butter, eggs, cinnamon and half of the oats and mix well. Slowly add the remaining oats incorporating them with the rest of the ingredients until you achieve a nice pliable mixture, which can be rolled out flat.

Using a rolling pin roll out the mixture until it is approximately 1cm thick. Use a cookie cutter of your desired shape and cut out some cookies.

Super quick and easy, using only five ingredients these gluten free, flourless banana and peanut butter dog treats will make their tail wag for sure.Place them on the earlier prepared baking sheet (no spacing necessary as these cookies aren’t going to grow or spread) and bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Stored in an airtight container they should be good enough to feed for a week.

Super quick and easy, using only five ingredients these gluten free, flourless banana and peanut butter dog treats will make their tail wag for sure.

No more bananas?

Bananas are by a long way the most popular and most eaten fruit in the world today! However, did you know that soon there may be no more bananas in the world as we know them today? Scary thought isn’t it? Think about it, which would mean no more banana bread, no more crisps, no more banana shakes, generally no more bananas… FULL STOP! As it happens, the Cavendish breed of bananas is going extinct and fast. History is repeating itself!

Bananas are by a long way the most popular and most eaten fruit in the world today! However, did you know that soon there may be no more bananas in the world as we know them today? Scary thought isn’t it? Think about it, which would mean no more banana bread, no more crisps, no more banana shakes, generally no more bananas… FULL STOP! As it happens, the Cavendish breed of bananas is going extinct and fast. History is repeating itself!According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN almost 50% of all bananas grown worldwide are the Cavendish banana variety… bad news for us as these are the one exported to us in Europe, which means if they are gone, there is nothing to export 🙁

So what is responsible for this incoming doom?

Well, apparently it is all due to the so called Tropical Race 4, a fungus that attacks the roots of the banana plants just like the Panama disease did before, which ended up wiping out the Gros Michel type of banana back in the 50s. Now the fungus is back and it’s coming for our Cavendish.

So what’s next?

I have no idea personally but I hope that someone smart will come up with a solution and come up with it very soon as I really like bananas.

Reading up on the subject it looks like we have two possible ways to go… option 1: contain the fungus (highly unlikely and very hard to achieve in reality) or option 2: create a new breed of banana which will be able to resist the fungus (most likely the preferred way to go). But this would mean that we will only have genetically modified bananas on the menu at all times 🙁

Don’t panic I am not suggesting that there will be no more bananas in the shop by tomorrow but it will be in the near future if we don’t find a solution (no one can say with certainty how much time we have to enjoy them). They will become slowly become rarer and rarer and thus inevitably much more valuable… until we have sometime new, let’s call it banana 2.0.

I like bananas and I wish there was something I could do to save them… both the banana itself and the livelihoods of the 1000s of people working with them in the industry… but I can’t so I had better go and have a banana whilst they are still here and I can afford to buy some.

Do you like bananas?

Will you be sad to see them go?

Triple Coloured Pure Fruit Smoothie

My Triple Coloured Pure Fruit SmoothieThis time I have for you a funky looking drink which should appeal to both kids and adults. All we have in the glasses are pure fruits, nothing else, nothing less… just fruit.

So what do we need?

Well, you will need some fruits, a blender, two empty 200ml glasses and a little bit of patience 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 200g strawberries
  • 2 ripe kiwi

Method:

Well, there isn’t a lot to it… you blend each type of fruit, one at the time and slowly add them into your glasses.

I started with bananas as they are the heaviest (I think), then the strawberries and finally kiwi on top.

The trick is to add your blended fruit into the glasses very slowly, otherwise the new fruit puree goes in the middle of the glass and all you can see from the outside is the bottom layer rising up… no funky looking layers at all.

So, just like I said before, be patient and take your time.

Second thing to remember is to wash or at least rinse your blender after each type of fruit, so there is no old colour or bits transferring into the new fruit layer.

I like to drink it without mixing it up. Using a straw I start with the sweet banana, going into fresh strawberries and finishing my drink on a slightly sourer note with the sharp kiwi. Mark, on the other hand prefers to stir it well and drink once all fruit flavours are well mixed.

I am going to experiment with some other fruits and maybe I can create an even better looking set of colourful layers.

I really wish I had a cold press juicer to play with but for this moment I only have a blender so I am a little bit restricted as to what I can do.

Triple Coloured Pure Fruit SmoothieMy Triple Coloured Pure Fruit Smoothie.Top Tip: If you blend to many fruits and they simply do not fit into your glasses, pour them into an ice cream mould to create a pure fruit ice popsicle – they are truly an amazing refreshment on these long hot sunny days!

Triple Coloured Pure Fruit SmoothieWhat do you think about my triple coloured fruit smoothie?

Do you like the idea?

Triple Coloured Pure Fruit Smoothie

Peach & Banana Yogurt Shake

Lately we find ourselves with an abundance of natural yogurt in the house. We often use yogurt in cooking, especially the natural one but usually it is one spoon here and one spoon there… not a lot of recipes call for a 500ml tub of it or more… except for maybe a mild curry.

So I tried to bake a yogurt cake just a few days ago but it didn’t came out as I would expect or even hope… I suspected it was my fault for adding a blueberry yogurt instead of a natural one, my cake came out looking pretty weird and blueish. Once I have perfected my yogurt blueberry cake I will share it with you for sure.

So back to my yogurt dilemma… too much yogurt and not a lot to do with it… it was time to go back to basics and start mixing some shakes.

Today’s special was a Peach & Banana Yogurt Shake 🙂

Peach & Banana Yogurt ShakeIngredients:

  • 500ml of fat free natural yogurt
  • 100ml of double cream (or a single if preferred or just the milk if you are counting calories)
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 ripe peaches
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • Milk; enough to make the drink as runny as you like

Method:

Wash and peel your fruit, then chop them into smaller chunks.

Pop the chopped fruit into a blender, add all the remaining ingredients except the milk and wiz until smooth.

Add the milk slowly until you get just the right consistency you require, I tend to find the thickness of my drinking straws in the cupboard dictate just how runny my shake should be 😉

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

My Peach & Banana Yogurt ShakeThere is no added sugar, which means that if you skip adding the cream you can enjoy a delicious and totally guilt free shake, which will give you a nice refreshing energy boost.

I am thinking that tomorrow’s special shake will be a coffee based one. Happy me as I adore coffee flavour.

Do you like shakes?

How do you make them usually?

Do you use yogurt, milk or ice-creams as a base?

Healthy Snacks – Home Baked Banana Chips

Healthy Snacks – Home Baked Banana ChipsIt would appear you liked my Apple Chips recipe, so today I have for you a different fruit based healthy snack variation – home baked banana chips.

This time I’ve dried just pure bananas, no additions whatsoever.

It worked perfectly and the final chips were mega crunchy and super tasty.

So, what will you need to make some at home?

Well, the ingredients list contain just one item: bananas 🙂

As to everything else you will also need:

  • Pre-heated oven (120C)
  • Baking tray lined with baking parchment
  • Fantastic knife skills or a mandolin
  • Airtight container for storage

So how do we make it?

Creating home-baked banana chips couldn’t be easier.

Basically, all you need to do is to slice your bananas and pop them to the preheated oven.

As you know my chopping skills aren’t perfect so yet again I used my Oxo Chef’s Mandolin Slicer and sliced all my bananas to 4mm thick pieces.

Then, they were evenly placed on the baking tray (nicely lined with paper) and placed in the oven.

30 minutes later I removed them from the oven and flipped all the slices over. The turning process isn’t as easy as with apples as the bananas do not warp or twist like the apples do, so you have to be very careful when turning them. They are also much stickier, but with a little practise and a thin blade, you will have every piece upside down in no time.

Once they are all tuned over pop them back into the oven and allow them to dry for another 30 minutes.

When the time is up, take them out of the oven and set aside to cool.

Your chips will still be drying out slightly when you take them out from the oven.

After 10 or 15 minutes you are ready to have a taste 😉

Top Tips:
Use only ripe, ready to eat bananas. As there is no extra sugar you really don’t want to “chip” the green ones as they will not be as sweet and offer a more bitter experience.

Bananas are sticky and quite fragile, so it is best to use a very sharp knife or a good quality mandolin for slicing otherwise they will simply lose their shape and you risk them turning into a mush.

Remember: bananas have a high-calorie count. A bowl of banana chips might not look much but calorie wise it will be.

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Healthy Snacks – Home Baked Banana Chips