Meet Chewy. He’s a super cute cockapoo. He’s been unofficially mine since he was a little pup but officially mine for a little over 5 years now. Before I had any kids he was my baby. He napped on my back when I napped. We went for walks together all the time. Then William came. Then Jenna came. Then Pepper came. And now Chewy is no longer my baby. We still enjoy going for walks and the occasional nap on the couch but let’s face it, I don’t have time for him like I used to. One thing I am happy I can do for him, though, is make him some treats.
And what’s fun about making the pup treats is that the kids can help. They are so basic and easy to do that they are just about impossible to mess up. And with only two ingredients they don’t take long to make.
Just blend up one can kidney beans until they are pureed. Then add in 2 cups of flour.
Now, I will be honest. I would not ordinarily spend the half hour that it took to roll the dough and cut it into special shapes. BUT when you are baking with kids, it’s good to take each opportunity to work on any skill with them. And rolling and cutting is not only fun for a toddler, it is very good for their development. Hand-eye coordination, following instructions, identifying shapes, determining how much space is left on the dough, etc…It is great for the kids.
I lined a pan with parchment paper and let Jenna put out little treats on the pan while I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. We put them in for just 30 minutes then let them sit on the pan for another 5 minutes before setting them on the counter to cool.
Of course, Chewy loves them. And they are so much cheaper than buying a bag of treats. You can substitute the kidney beans for just about any pureed fruit or veggies. Look into it before doing it if you are unsure if that particular fruit or veggie is safe for a pooch.
Homemade Dog Treats
1 can kidney beans, pureed
2 cups flour
Mix together. Roll out to 1/2 ” thick dough and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy! Or, rather, let your pup enjoy!