If you love baking wonderful, nutritious treats for your pooch then you're going to adore this recipe by Vita Canis!
If you don't know of Vita Canis already, Jitka the owner, creates amazing aromatherapy products for dogs that help in so many ways. If you're all about using 100% natural dog products then you really ought to check her out! She's also one of the best dog groomers, a great dog mum, trainer and runs a shop. We love all that she does and know you will too!
Now to get to baking these scrumptious Banana and Poochbutter Breakfast Bars that you can actually share with your Pooch!!
Breakfast Bars for You and Your Dog!
So apparently SHARING IS CARING and with that in mind, I decided to share a yummy snack that you can enjoy with your dog. The bonus is that it’s a healthy treat for both of you too!
Introducing… Breakfast bars!
1 cup Poochbutter 4 cups quinoa flakes 6-7 medium mashed bananas
Preheat the oven to 175℃ and line an 8×8 inch tray with baking paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
Transfer the batter to the lined tray and bake for 12-15 minutes until golden on top. A knife or skewer should come out of the centre, clean.
Allow the bars to cool down for at least 10 minutes or until firmed up enough to move and transfer to a wire rack.
Allow to cool down completely, before you and your dog enjoy these lovely breakfast bars.
These bars will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days or when refrigerated, up to a week. Frozen they’ll keep up to two months.
Anyone remember me mentioningPoochbutter from Nuts for Petsin my previous blog? I had a Q&A with Amelia fromNuts for Petsand this is what she had to say about theirPoochbutter…
What made you start making your own Peanut Butter for dogs?
Over the years we have always given Peanut Butter as a treat to our family pets. We noticed a lot of Peanut Butter’s on the market contained Palm Oil and as we are both very environmentally conscience we wanted to create a better alternative for everyone! As we researched further we found out about Xylitol and all the other additives that are harmful to dogs in peanut butters. This led us to create a dog safe and additive free Peanut Butter. We also take huge care in what we eat and feel that care should be stretched to our pets!
What dogs do you have?
We don’t have any of our own dogs :(!!!! BIG SAD FACE! But Alastair’s mum has three amazing dogs that we share on a regular basis! Isla (Jackahuahuha), Evie (Chihuahua) and Cady (Dalmation), they all feature heavily on our Instagram and are our best friends!! One day we hope to have a house full of dogs and other animals.
Any special tips on how to use it?
Evie is an absolute diva at times and will often turn her nose up at dinner! So we mix the Poochbutter into her food to encourage her to give it a go. Works everytime!! We also love using Poochbutter when creating homemade doggy treats, we find it works really well! Plus Alastair makes an awesome Satay sauce with it!
Why should you choose Poochbutter?
Our Poochbutter is FULL of natural goodness and 100% safe for all dogs. Due to us using high-quality peanuts in our recipe it also lowers the Aflatoxin levels, much higher in mass-produced or cheap nuts, setting us apart from any other Peanut Butter for dogs. Our recipe also includes Coconut Oil and Yorkshire Honey, both of these ingredients are used instead of combining agents and are super beneficial. Coconut Oil helps moisturise skin and coats whilst Honey makes it extra sticky for longer fun times!
So there you have it… that’s why we choosePoochbutter! Give it a try and I promise you’ll fall madly in love 😍.
Ok, so now about Quinoa…
Even though it’s consumed like a cereal grain, it’s not technically a grain and is often referred to as a pseudo cereal.
Quinoa is high in protein and essential amino acids as well as being a good source of fibre. It’s also a great source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential Omega-3 fatty acid with potentially anti-inflammatory benefits. Quinoa contains vitamins and minerals and is rich in Vitamin B Complex (niacin, folate, thiamin) as well as vitamin E. The minerals include iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and zinc, just to name a few.
There are no known risks of using quinoa in the food of normally healthy dogs, in case any of you were wondering, and did you know that half a cup of cooked quinoa has about 4 grams of protein?YAY TO THAT!!
And then the trusted banana…
I LOVE BANANAS AND SO DO MY DOGS!Bananas are safe for dogs as long as they eat them in moderation and only as an occasional treat (try to explain that to my dogs though lol 😂). They’re a wholesome source of nutrients and provide health benefits that can improve a dog’s general wellbeing.
The following vitamins and minerals found in bananas are of most use to dogs:
Vitamin B6 Vitamin C Magnesium Potassium Biotin (Vitamin B7)
Don’t forget that bananas are high in natural sugars, in the form of fructose, but most importantly, they are NOT a substitute for your dog’s diet and only an occasional treat 👍🏻.
Let me know what you (and your dogs 😉) think.
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Here's a photo of the finished bars and some of Jitkas' hungry pooches!