This is a recipe for what I call a “dog granola bar recipe”. They are very simple to make, and it’s easier for your dog to chew them. This recipe is great for dogs who have bad teeth or can’t chew as well.
My dog is one of those dogs. He has a lot of medical issues and I’ve tried everything to help him but nothing works except giving him the proper nutrition.
His teeth and gums were in bad shape and it’s been hard to find treats that he can eat. I’ve used the best ingredients I could find and tried different recipes and combinations of them, but this is the one that has finally worked with his medical issues.
Dog granola bar recipe
It is also a great recipe for dogs who are elderly or can’t eat anything else. The ingredients listed here are healthy and nutritious, not starchy, unhealthy ingredients.
It might be a little hard for your dog to chew these but try adding 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed banana and that will give the bars a soft texture for your dog.
If you can only find the dried cranberries, try soaking them in warm water for 2 hours and they will be easier to chew.
How can prepare a Dog granola bar recipe
100 servings for a 6″ pan or 50 servings for an 8″ pan
- 1 cup honey
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 7 cups rolled oats (I use the big round ones)
- 2 cups wheat germ
- 1/2 cups wheat bran
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use canola oil)
- 2 cups dried cranberries or cherries, or a combination of both
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- Food processor or blender
- Baking pan
- Mixing spoon
- Paper towels or old shirts for wiping oil off the pan after cooking
- Mixing bowls for serving the granola bars (preferably large)
- Wax paper
- Scissors, cutting board, or pizza cutter
- Cutting board for chopping the ingredients
- Knife for chopping and chopping boards
- Hot pads to protect your hands while cooking (I use dish towels)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 degrees F. for a convection oven). Prepare (2) 6×2 inch or 2×8 inch baking pans.
Step 2: Remove lids and stir dry ingredients in a very large bowl.
Step 3: Prepare the peanut butter in a food processor (or blender). Add 1/2 cup honey and blend. Add the peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients along with the dried fruit and oil. Mix well.
Step 4: Spread evenly (1/4 inch thick) in the pans. Place (1) paper towel on top of each pan and press down to spread the mixture evenly and remove air bubbles.
Step 5: Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place wax paper on top of the cooking surface.
Step 6: Flip the pans over so the baking surface is on top. Use the wax paper to pull out the mixture (as much as possible). Allow cooling completely.
Step 7: Cut into bars and serve. Place in air-tight containers and store in a cool area or refrigerate for up to 30 days.
Note: You can add 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed banana to soften the granola bars. If using dried cranberries, soak them in warm water for 2 hours and they will be easier to chew.
Nutrition value of Dog granola bar recipe (per 100 g)
- Calories: 127 (kcal)
- Total Fat: 4 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 30 mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 23 g
- Full Dense Carbohydrates: 2 g
- Dietary Fiber: 3 g
- Sugars: 16 g
- Protein: 4 g
- Vitamin A: 0%
- Vitamin B-12: 0%
- Vitamin B-6: 2%
- Vitamin C: 2%
- Calcium: 9%
- Iron: 7%
Benefits of eating Dog granola bar recipe
1. Vitamin A is a great antioxidant that helps protect your body from free radical damage caused by smoking and pollution.
2. Vitamin C is one of the essential vitamins that all dogs need which helps your dog’s immune system fight infections and disease.
3. Natural antioxidants in wheat germ help protect your dogs’ teeth and gums from the bad effects of aging, such as tooth loss or gum disease.
4. Granola bars are a great way to give your pet the right amount of nutrients they need while helping them maintain a healthy weight.
5. Granola bars are a great way to give your pet the right amount of nutrients they need while helping them maintain a healthy weight.
6. Wheat germ is a great source of dietary fiber, protein, and vitamin E, which are all essential nutrients for maintaining a healthy body and immune system.
7. Wheat bran is another great source of dietary fiber for your pet’s digestive tract and coat.
8. Dried fruit is full of vitamins such as A, B6, and C, along with minerals such as iron, magnesium, and potassium.
Disadvantages of eating Dog granola bar recipe
1. It is very difficult to get in between the teeth of your pet and make them chew the bar without it breaking apart.
2. It is a bit expensive compared to other dog treats or foods that are based on the same level of nutrition for dogs.
3. It is a bit expensive compared to other dog treats or foods that are based on the same level of nutrition for dogs.
Tips and warnings information
1. If you can’t find wheat germ or wheat bran, you can use rolled oats instead.
2. If your dog can’t tolerate peanut butter, you can use a different spread such as almond butter or jam.
3. If your dog has a lot of tartar buildup, use only low-fat peanut butter.
4. If your dog doesn’t like dried fruit, you can substitute other ingredients, such as 1/2 apple and 1/2 banana to make it more desirable for your pet.
How Can Make More Delicious?
1. Cut down on the amount of dried fruit and nuts for a less sweet treat.
2. Substitute applesauce for peanut butter to make it a luscious treat with a lot fewer calories.
3. Try using different types of fruits in place of dried fruit and nuts for a new taste treat.
How can Store Dog granola bar recipe?
1. Storing in a tight container after cutting into bars.
2. Store at room temperature for up to 30 days.
3. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 6 months, but you should adjust your pet’s feeding schedule accordingly and not leave it in the cold for more than 12 hours a day.
4. Store the cereal mixture in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
5. Store the baking pans covered in an air-tight container, with wax paper between layers.
By adding fruits, nuts, and peanut butter, you can tailor the recipe to their tastes and your budget. Just remember to keep the ingredient list in check so you don’t add more than is good for your pet.
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