Spent Grain Dog Treats with Peanut Butter and Carrots
My dog’s name is Adeline. She hails from Waco, Texas and may just be the most adorable basset hound I’ve ever met. As a puppy, she would trip over her ears because they were too long and she had not yet grown into them. She still hasn’t. They’re often dragged across the ground as she follows a scent or dunked into her water bowl while she laps up a drink.
She’s much larger now (although still very fit for a basset hound) and is, quite possibly, the most adaptable and happiest dog I’ve ever met. She’s moved from Austin to San Diego and, most recently, to Brooklyn. I don’t think there could be a better dog to bring on a cross-country road trip.
She’s also, quite possibly, the most food motivated dog I’ve ever met. If I’m in the kitchen, she’s right there by my side waiting for me to drop something (which I always do). So after my most recent homebrew, I adapted the tried and true spent grain dog treat recipe to include carrots and peanut butter – two of her favorite foods. She loved them. The recipe makes a lot of treats and she ate every single one. I guess I’ll have to brew another beer soon!
3 1/2 cups spent grain*
1 cups white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined.
Transfer to a sheet of parchment paper or a well floured surface and roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Create desired shapes using a cookie or pizza cutter. Place the treats on a baking sheet and in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 225ºF and bake an additional 2 hours. Treats will keep in an airtight bag for up to 2 weeks.
*Hops aren’t typically added during the mashing process, but it’s worth noting that hops aren’t dog friendly so only hop-free spent grain should be used.