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Granola Peanut-Butter Crunchies
Treats that pack a punch
Granola Peanut-Butter Crunchies

What dog doesn’t love peanut butter? Granola Peanut-Butter Crunchies are a good way to satisfy that craving and add nutritious foods to the mix. (The smell is irresistible, too.) The crunchies can be broken into smaller bits; on our park outings, I put just a couple in my pocket to treat all three of my dogs. Whole or broken up, they pack of punch of flavor. Homemade peanut butter is great, but store-bought is also fine (see this easy peanut-butter recipe). I used a blend of almond/coconut milk to add even more flavor, and for dogs who might be lactose intolerant.

  • 2 cups uncooked organic rolled oats (not instant)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp. flax seeds
  • ¼ cup shredded or grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp. (or more) chopped dried fruit, such as apricots, pears, apples, blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1¼ cups unsalted peanut butter (preferably homemade)
  • ¾ cup almond milk or low-fat yogurt
  • Optional: 1 tsp. turmeric

Substitutions: Grated veggies suchas carrots or zucchini can be used instead of the fruit.

Preheat oven to 325°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, or butter and dust with fl our.

Grind all the seeds slightly in a food processor or blender. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Heat the coconut oil and honey long enough to soften. Beat an egg in a small bowl. Put the peanut butter (best at room temperature) into a food processor, add the almond milk or yogurt and process; add the egg, oil and honey, process again.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing with a wooden spoon. The mixture should hold together well enough to be easily shaped into balls; if it seems too wet, add some whole-wheat fl our. Shape into 1½-inch balls and place on the baking sheet; they can be spaced closely. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

(Optional: halfway through, turn each granola ball over so they brown evenly.) Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight jar. These treats can also be frozen.

Makes about 3 dozen

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 73: Spring 2013
Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com
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Submitted by Anonymous | April 24 2013 |

Tummeric is a VERY pungent spice that has "recently" been being had to a LOT of dog treats. I am glad to see that you are having it as an optional ingredient. My dogs are Completely turning their noses up at all the over the counter ones that have been adding it.

Submitted by karen | May 16 2013 |

Read this article in the Vet's office.
Sounds great!

Submitted by Sue | October 25 2013 |

I give my dogs a turmeric/curcumin capsule every day along with milk thistle to help protect their livers from all the toxins and chemicals in the lttle commercial foods and any drugs they may have to take. Glad to see it here.

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