beef-and-bananas

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1⁄2 cup cream cheese (room temperature)
  •  1⁄2 cup fresh raw ground beef
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed with a fork
  • 2 free range eggs

What To Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9” baking pan
  2. Hydrate the quinoa flakes with the warm water in a large mixing bowl and stir thoroughly.
  3. Add in all the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly to form a thick “batter.”
  4. Transfer to a greased 9” baking dish and smooth out evenly.
  5. Bake at 350°F for about 25 minutes, or until it is slightly crispy on the top.
  6. Cool thoroughly and slice into individual bars before serving.
  7. You can store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition Note

Quinoa is often referred to as an ancient grain, but it’s technically not a grain at all: it’s a seed. Quinoa is super-food that’s connected to the spinach family and was a staple in the ancient Incan diet thousands of years ago. More recently, quinoa has been recognized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a food with an important role in worldwide food security because of its high nutritive value and impressive biodi- versity.

Quinoa is a complete source of protein, with a full spectrum of amino acids. Quinoa is also packed with iron, magnesium and manganese as well as the B vitamin Riboflavin, and Lysine, which is es- sential for tissue repair, and fiber.

This recipe comes from our September 2014 Dogs Naturally Magazine issue!