I finally cooked a treat for the dogs….kind of. They were really for me but it turns out that your dog can eat them too. They are a great snack to bring when you hit the trail with your pup because they do double duty.
This Hike-N-Hound Energy Bar recipe was put together by NewfandHound from a few Vegan recipes found on the internet. Most homemade energy bar recipes out there contain chocolate, which is toxic to dogs, but these do not. I suppose you could use the chocolate recipes and substitute carob chips but I remember my Mom making me eat it when I was a kind and it sucks.
I am not big on cooking but these were surprisingly fast to make. I think it only took me 10 minutes to mix the ingredients together. I made a few modifications to the recipe. I didn’t include the lemon zest because I didn’t have any and I mixed in two Tbs of chia seeds. I didn’t have any vanilla bean so I added 1/4 tsp vanilla extract.
I learned a few things during this first attempt:
- I bought the dried blueberries and apricots at my local health food store. They were organic and preservative-free. I am all for nutritious hippie food when possible but these sucked. They were really dried out – not moist like the preservative-filled Sunmaid type ones. They weren’t as tangy as the moister ones usually are. I do have to say that they softened up nicely after being baked but I think I will try the standard versions next time
- The vanilla worked out just fine, The taste was really subtle so I might try adding a little more next time.
- Because I like a tangier taste, I will definitely add the lemon zest next time….once I can figure out how to actually zest one without a zester 🙂
- I didn’t notice the chia seeds and they did not mess up the ratio of the mixture. I will probably add twice as many next time….because who doesn’t need more fiber in their diet?
- The recipe said to heat the banana and peanut butter in a small pot. I am too lazy so I heated the mixture in the microwave. The world did not end.
- I used a knife instead of a pizza cutter to cut them into small pieces. The world also did not end then.
I will warn that these treats are yummy and not low calorie. It’s probably a good idea to keep them in the freezer and not eat them unless you are actually hiking. I spread the mixture into a 2.2 Quart (2 Liter) casserole dish. After they baked, I cut them into 24 little pieces. According to my calculations, with my modified recipe, each square was 120 calories.
I am going to try the recipe again and may try to reduce the calories they contain.
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