“Psst! Hey, you want some?” We dog lovers have all spoken these words and treated our pups to a little treat here and there. Would we be loving puppy parents if we didn’t? However, Best Bully Sticks knows that not all snacking is good snacking! That sole reason is why our company is dedicated to all-natural dog treats. But even then, doggy mom’s and dad’s take “treating” your dog too far. In fact, 23% to 41% of dogs are overweight with about 5.1% being obese. If your vet tells you to stop feeding any excess food to your dog in an emergency effort to help loose weight, you should absolutely do so. However, if your dog is just a little pudgy and needs to loose a few pounds, we suggest baking up a quick batch of these treats for your pup!

Beef-Glazed Green Bean Treats are loaded with nutritious things your dog needs. They don’t help your dog loose weight, but they do give a great, healthy alternative that will help Fido feel spoiled while not adding on extra pounds.

Ingredients
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, low or fat free

3 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup green beans, mashed (see note below)

1 cup beef broth, reduced sodium, plus 1/4 cup for glaze

1/4 cup milk, low or fat free

1 tbsp olive oil

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Gently toss the cheddar cheese and the flour in a large bowl. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, mash the green beans.

4. Stir in the broth, milk, and olive oil to the green bean mixture.

5. Make a well in the center of the cheese flour.

6. Pour in the green bean mixture and mix thoroughly.

7. Knead the dough in the bowl until combined.

8. Fold out onto a floured surface and continue to knead using extra flour.

9. Knead until you have a firm dough. Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter or roll into balls and pat flat.

10. Place the cut outs on a baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

11. Pour 1/4 cup of beef broth into a small bowl.

12. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the broth onto the treats.

13. Bake for 30 minutes.

Yield
Using a 1 1/2 inch dog cookie cutter makes 4 dozen dog treats.

Storage
These homemade dog treats will keep fresh in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. They will be good in the freezer for 6 months.

Recipe Tips:
Green Beans – You will want to mash the green beans as thoroughly as possible. You can always use fresh green beans and steam them, but canned green beans work very well, too. If using canned, opt for the low sodium variety.

Rest the Dough – After rolling out the dough and cutting out the first set of shapes, let the dough rest. You can use this time to apply the beef glaze. By the time you’re done, the dough will be ready to be rolled out again.

Happy Baking!