Just in the last two weeks or so, fresh, ripe, local peaches have started popping up in our markets here in southern Pennsylvania. Like many fruits, peaches have a delicious natural sweetness that makes them perfect for baking for people and dogs alike.
You will find that peaches are sometimes listed as a no-no fruit for dogs, but that is all dependent on how they are prepared. It is true that dogs should NEVER, EVER be given a peach, or even a part of a peach, with the skin and/or pit still on it; however, the flesh of the peach is fine if it has been thoroughly cleaned of the skin and pit. Just be sure to dispose of the waste in a secure trash container that your dog is unable to get into, because peach pits pose a major choking hazard.
That said, the peach flesh makes a natural, sweet summer treat for dogs, and the fresh peach puree in this recipe definitely had our four taste-testers begging for more.
Makes about 18 large treats (2 1/2 in diameter)
1 medium peach
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
2 1/4 cups oat flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Take care to completely remove every bit of skin and pit from the peach. Discard the skin and pit in a secure place. Cut the peach flesh into chunks.
3. Place the peach, honey, and water in a blender, and process into a puree. Transfer the peach puree to a bowl.
4. Add the flour in two additions, stirring well after each addition to combine. Knead the mixture by hand to form a smooth dough.
5. On a clean countertop, roll the dough out into a sheet about 1/4-inch thick. Use your desired cutter to cut the dough into biscuits. (Since it contains no gluten, this dough is a bit more delicate when it’s rolled out. Take care when transferring the biscuits from the cutter to the baking sheet so that they don’t break.)
6. Arrange the biscuits on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and bake for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip each of the biscuits over, and return to the oven. Continue baking for an additional 6 minutes. Allow the biscuits to cool completely before serving.
These treats may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature but are best stored in the refrigerator.