Homemade Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treats

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The parsley in these treats makes them a secret breath freshener for your pooch; substitute dried mint for half of the parsley, if you like.  Don't hesitate to adjust the size of the treats to accommodate very small or very large dogs, baking them a few minutes less or a few minutes more, as needed.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons peanut      butter
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300°F. Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly. Add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter and egg and stir well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each; transfer to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2- to 2-inch) coin.  Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes.  Set aside to let cool completely.

Storage note:  It's best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Or, freeze them to give to your pal later; just be sure to thaw the treats before handing them out.

Makes 2 dozen