Its very important to read the ingredients of
your pets’ food and treats. Many dogs can be
allergic to corn, soy, and/or wheat. This recipe
incorporates none of the above and is
nutritious and delicious.
Peanut Butter n’ Maple Oat Crunchies
1/4 cup maple syrup (or molasses)
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 cups chicken broth or water
1/3 cup (total) cooked bacon with rendered fat (or peanut oil)
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup oat bran
3-4 cups oat flour
Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).
In a small dutch oven or large saucepan, combine maple syrup, peanut butter (try to find a brand that has no added sugar, salt or other ingredients; ideally it should only contain peanuts), chicken broth, and cooked bacon with rendered fat (or peanut oil). Heat, stirring often, until mixture begins to simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in rolled oats and oat bran and let cool until lukewarm — or cool enough to work with. Gradually blend in 3 cups of oat flour, adding enough to form stiff dough. Reserve 1 cup of oat flour to add as needed.
Transfer to a floured (oat flour or rye flour) surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Use a mini-cookie cutter or cut into small squares. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits. If the dough becomes too crumbly to work with after a few rollings, sprinkle with a little water to bind it together and knead it for 30 seconds or so.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
Makes several dozen small treats that keep and freeze well.