Like so many other people, I have hollow bones or rubbery chews that I usually stuff with peanut butter for my dogs.
Unfortunately, unless you can go to a place to grind your own peanut butter, there are ingredients in jarred peanut butter that you may not want to give your dog, or yourself, for that matter. It also can get pretty expensive!
I've always made my own hummus, I think it’s fresher, not to mention cheaper, than anything you can find in the store. Plus, you can add whatever flavors you like, sun dried tomato, jalapeño, basil, curry, anything that you’re craving at the moment.
The other day, with no peanut butter, but a bowl of my hummus in the fridge, I checked every ingredient I used to be sure they were dog safe, and they were for my dogs. I had made it without the lemon juice because I didn’t have any at the time and dogs shouldn’t have lemon juice anyway. So, into the bones it went!
Now I make it just for the dogs, slightly adjusted from my regular recipe.
I add CBD to it, individually for each dog so I can monitor how much they get.
Here’s the recipe with notes-
Babsie’s Hummus for Pets
1 can Chick Peas, drained, liquid reserved
1 can Great Northern or Navy beans, drained
Organic Olive Oil
1 medium clove of organic, raw garlic, adjust for size
2 tablespoons Tahini paste, optional
Put the clove of garlic in a food processor with about one tablespoon of olive oil and pulse until chopped.
Rinse well and a dd the chick peas and beans. Pulse several times until incorporated. Add the tahini, if using, but absolutely not necessary, and the basil. Blend until smooth. If you think it is too thick, add a bit of the reserved liquid.
Refrigerate to thicken. Put inside chews just as you would peanut butter.
If you’re making it for yourself, add a few tablespoons of lemon juice, more garlic, salt and pepper to taste at the end. You can stir in anything else you may want to add, fresh herbs, sundried tomatoes, spices of any kind. It is very versatile!
Here's a link to information about using garlic for your dogs, be sure to use organic and know where it came from. Avoid any garlic from China! Please read this and adjust the recipe accordingly. Garlic for Dogs.
You can find info on CBD dosage for your dogs in another post here, but basically it is 1 mg for each pound, but start off with half that.
Basil has antimicrobial, anti inflammatory and antiviral properties. It may also help repel insects and be anti fungal. It is also known to have a calming effect on your pup!
I hope you and your pups enjoy! I’m looking forward to your comments!