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.

The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook

Most of us when thinking about Christmas envision it complete with family, friends, good times and of course a lot of gorgeous food… Christmas breakfast, Christmas brunches with mates but best of all our traditional Christmas dinner. Though it turns out that same self “best” bit is also causing some of us a lot of discomfort. Some of us treat Christmas holidays as an excuse to eat what they want and are prepared to deal with the consequences later on… but what about the rest of us?

What about the idea of a healthy Christmas?

You can still have your giant roast and pudding and sweets and treats but all of those dishes are just a little bit healthier, all of them provide something more, something your body actually needs…

I am proud to be a part of The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook.

The Alternative Healthy Christmas CookbookThe cookbook contains a lovely selection of recipes which will keep your tummy full this Christmas without any hint of feeling guilty. There is a coconut Glazed Turkey which can be served with Coconut and Rosemary Roast Potatoes, lovely Vegan Maple, turnip and Carrot Mask and a Low Carb Gravy… and if dinner doesn’t take your fancy what about some High Protein, Low Sugar Yule Log or a Gluten Free Gingerbread Men? Still not convinced? Well, maybe Protein Eggnog is the one for you?

The recipe which I am looking forward to trying the most is Dairy and Grain Free Chocolate Pecan Pie… yummm… the ground almonds make the crust and the pie is stuffed with organic cocoa and pecans; there is no sugar in the pie and it really sounds to me as a truly guilt free treat.

Would you ever consider creating an alternative healthy Christmas menu?

Are you open to new dishes or you prefer to stick to traditional menu?

Just how big a family meltdown do you think it would cause if you were to even suggest it?

The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook was created by Discount Supplements Ltd and it is now available to buy on Amazon and Blurb.

Superfood – All Things Coconut!

Who would have guessed that this rather sad looking hairy brown fruit or that a bold green one, when talking about a young one, is in fact a superfood.

Coconut has it all.

According to nutritionist Zoë Harcombe ‘coconuts are a perfect example of a natural, real food. They contain all the macronutrients – carbohydrate, fat and protein. As well as being absolutely delicious and full of natural fat, coconuts are a rich source of minerals, including copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and selenium.’

Who would have guessed that this rather sad looking hairy brown fruit or that a bold green one, when talking about a young one, is in fact a superfood. Coconut has it all. According to nutritionist Zoë Harcombe ‘coconuts are a perfect example of a natural, real food. They contain all the macronutrients – carbohydrate, fat and protein. As well as being absolutely delicious and full of natural fat, coconuts are a rich source of minerals, including copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and selenium.’Lately I’ve been obsessed with coconuts, which is reflected in my recipes… I bake with it, I cook with it and I eat it raw 🙂 So imagine my surprise when one day a giant parcel arrived at my door step full of coconut goodies! A box full of totally different products with one thing in common… they were all made entirely from 100% coconut and absolutely nothing else!

The parcel was from Coconut Merchant, they stock all things coconut and I simply love their selection from such common products as desiccated coconut through items such as coconut oils, flour, milk, water, chips, syrup, sugar all the way to jam, yes that’s right coconut jam!

When you Google “benefits of coconut” you will be hit with 1000+ articles claiming lots of wonders:

  • It helps prevent obesity
  • It helps your immune system
  • It improves heart health
  • It improves digestion
  • It’s high in dietary fiber
  • It has low GI index
  • It’s gluten-free
  • It has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-parasitic properties

I don’t know if they are all true, I am not a scientist, but I am sure at least some, if not all of them, are.

For all I know from my own experience coconut products helped me to care for my two dogs… coconut oil, despite being an oil and full of fat has helped Lilly with her weight loss and only recently I cured Bunk’s giant hot spot only with coconut oil (it was a bit tricky as he wanted to lick it all the time but it worked without the need of a vet visit, antibiotics or other manmade gimmicks). After using it for over a year for the dogs I did a bit of research and decided that coconut products are obviously not only for dogs and we should benefit from it too… this is how my coconut obsession began.

Cooking with coconut based ingredients is tricky at times, especially when we are talking about coconut flour; it really likes moisture so it can’t be substituted 1:1 with regular flour… developing new recipes with it takes a bit of thinking, time and countless trial and error attempts but I think it’s worth it as the results are mouth-watering to say the least.

Now, I want to experiment with coconut sugar, which to be honest I didn’t even know existed. I use coconut flower nectar which has a liquid form but now I actually have a solid sugar. Yes, it’s still a sugar so it can’t be used in sugar free cooking but it’s unrefined, without artificial additives and it has a much lower GI index… I am looking forward to actually trying it in my cooking.

Do you love coconut?

Have you ever used anything besides desiccated coconut in cooking or baking?

Sugar Free Super Green Pancakes & Cocoa Sauce

These sugar & gluten free pancakes with a delicious cocoa sauce make for a wonderful guilt free treat. Packed with goodness from coconuts, super greens and ice cream whey powder they will appeal to both adults and children, I am sure of it!

These sugar & gluten free pancakes with a delicious cocoa sauce make for a wonderful guilt free treat. Packed with goodness from coconuts, super greens and ice cream whey powder they will appeal to both adults and children, I am sure of it! Ingredients:

For the pancakes:

  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 6tbsp coconut flour (heaped)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3tbsp coconut flower nectar
  • 2tbsp extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 2tbsp vanilla ice cream whey powder
  • 2tsp matcha
  • 2tsp super greens powder
  • 1.5tsp baking powder

For the cocoa sauce:

  • 3tbsp extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 4tbsp coconut flower nectar
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder

Method:

First thing first… let’s make the sauce as it will need a little time to cool down and thicken.

In a small bowl place the coconut oil and coconut flower nectar.

Pop into microwave and heat up in 10 seconds bursts… after each 10 second session remove from the microwave and give it a good stir. After three heating up session your coconut oil should be all nicely melted out but not cooked.

Add to a second bowl with your sifted cocoa powder and stir/whisk well until fully combined. At this moment your sauce will be quite runny but give it time and after 15-20 minutes, once you are done with making the pancakes, it will be just the right thickness 🙂

Turn on your grill to medium high setting, why I hear you ask… I’ll explain later….

Now, let’s prepare the pancakes themselves.

In a small bowl place the coconut oil and melt it slowly just as we did for the sauce.

In a large bowl place the coconut milk, eggs, coconut flower nectar and melted coconut oil. Stir well with a hand whisk until well combined.

Add the coconut flour, matcha, super greens, whey powder and again mix well.

Finally add the baking powder and make sure it is incorporated evenly.

Preheat a non-stick frying pan whilst your batter rests for a minute.

Fry your pancakes, one by one, but take note the mixture doesn’t behave like your standard pancake batter. It’s not so easy to work with as the pancakes do not want to flip effortlessly, so you will have to turn them with a fish-slice. However having made them many times now, as they are a personal favourite I have found the easiest way to cook them is as follows.

Remember that grill you had heating, we need it.

Heat up the pan till hot, pour a spoonful of mixture into the centre of the pan and the swirl the pan to spread the mixture out to an even thickness. Now hold under the grill for 20 seconds or until the top is set and looks dry, but not brown or cooked just dry. Then cook as you would a normal pancake and they should be fine.

Serve with earlier prepared cocoa sauce and enjoy!

These sugar & gluten free pancakes with a delicious cocoa sauce make for a wonderful guilt free treat. Packed with goodness from coconuts, super greens and ice cream whey powder they will appeal to both adults and children, I am sure of it!

Gluten Free Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.Ingredients:

  • 300g fresh pumpkin puree
  • 400g organic oats
  • 3tbsp Greek yogurt (fat free)
  • 3tbsp unsalted peanut butter (smooth)
  • 2 eggs

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C fan assisted.

Take your pumpkin and cut in half. With a large metal spoon scrape out all the seeds (which if you clean and wash and then toast in the oven make for a delightful nibbles for you as a reward). Take a large kitchen knife and chop the pumpkin into large chunks. Skin the tough outer shell away from the flesh and pop the fleshy parts into a blender or food processor, blitz until smooth.

Prepare two large baking trays by lining them with baking parchment.

In a large bowl place the oats and the freshly made pumpkin puree.

With a silicone spatula mix until well combined, then add the eggs one at the time, and mix some more.

Finally add the peanut butter and yogurt and mix until fully incorporated. Remove from the bowl and place on a flat surface suitable for rolling out.

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.The mixture will be a little sticky and maybe not as dry as one would hope for rolling but you will be able to roll it out and cut desired shapes; it just takes a little bit of doing, wet the rolling pin with some cold water to reduce the amount of mix sticking to your pin… finally take a cookie cutter… I went mad and splashed out 99p for two dog bone shaped ones, money no object hey 🙂 … and cut into treat sized pieces until all the mixture has been used and placed on the trays.

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.Or you can follow the easier option… take one flat large baking trey and put the entire mixture in one single, no thicker than 1cm, layer… you can bake it as a whole and cut into smaller pieces once baked. If you are going for the tray option remember to put baking paper before your mixture goes on. The cookies will not stick to the tray but it will be much easier to remove them from the tray once cooked in order to cut them into pieces. The only down side to this option is that they will not be so easy to cut into nice chunks as the final product is very crunchy so you will end up with bits but I am sure your dog won’t care one little bit.

Once the individual cookies (or one giant one) are on the tray, pop in to the earlier preheated oven. Baking time will depend on the way you cut your cookies… or didn’t cut… small ~3cm long treats and no more than 1cm thick will take around 40 minutes, if you made slightly larger ones add 5 minutes and for the one cookie bake add 15 minutes. You are aiming for a just slightly golden colour and zero give in the firmness to the touch… they have to be totally set and solid.

Once baked, remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely.

Place into an airtight container and use as needed (or demanded).

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.I actually tried these cookie myself (they smelt so good when they were cooking)… just one or two… they are quite tasty despite the lack of any herbs or spices… the peanut butter comes through in just the right amount but they are dry… so make sure your pooch has plenty of fresh, cool water in his or hers drinking bowl.

Have fun of you decide to bake them.