Gluten-free Dog Biscuits

dog treatsYep — dog biscuits. This year, instead of making treats for people, I’m making them for the furry friends in my life. Believe it or not, it’s not that easy to find affordable treats for dogs that don’t include grain or poultry, which quite a few dogs I know are allergic to. Plus, fancy dog treats are fun.

The ones we made smelled amazing. OK, yes, I tasted them. All human grade ingredients, why not? They were good going down but the aftertaste was a tiny bit bitter. I don’t know if it was the parsley or the flaxseed flour that was responsible for the bad aftertaste but my taste-testers (Roscoe the cat, and canines Banjo, Banana, and Liversnap) all loved them without reserve. Miss Banana is super picky, so it was a good sign.

While browsing online, I was alarmed to see dog biscuit recipes that included ingredients that are bad for dogs. Some, like baking soda, may even be toxic. I wanted to find a recipe that not only didn’t make anybody’s dog sick (happy holidays!) but that even the most food-allergic pooches could enjoy.Β  You don’t have to use peanut butter with no added sugar, but sugar is really bad for dogs — even worse than it is for us.

Two of my tasters

Two of my tasters

We used ground flaxseed flour in the recipe and millet flour for rolling them out. It was so much fun to roll these out without having to worry about the cookies getting too tough from over-rolling. The only downside to this recipe is that these biscuits are real, fresh food and therefore need to be stored like homemade people cookies in airtight containers and consumed or frozen within a week or so.

Peanut Butter Banana Gluten-free Dog Biscuits
(adapted from a Whole Foods recipe)

2 bananas — well-mashed
2 cups flaxseed or other gluten-free flour plus extra for rolling
1 1/2 cups oats (you don’t need these — dough would actually roll better without them)dog treat ingredients
1/2 cup dried parsley (for fresh breath!)
6 tablespoons peanut butter (make sure you get the kind without added sugar — in other words organic, fancy kind, no Skippy or Jif)
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat your oven to 300.

Mash everything together till it looks like dough. At this point, you can chill it for a bit, to make it super easy to roll out, but you don’t have to, since using lots of extra flour to combat stickiness won’t spoil the taste the way it does with human cookies.

Make a big ball of your dough. Put a liberal amount of flour (in my case it was millet flour) on your board or if you’re lucky, granite counter, rub some more flour on your rolling pin, and roll out the dough as thin as you please. We did about 1/4 – 1/8 inch thick and they baked beautifully in about 30 minutes. photo-2

You can use cookie cutters. Our most appropriate shape was a hydrant but it came out looking strange. I think the most successful shape was a pig. Fun! I can never get real cookies this thin or precise because I’m worried about overworking the dough.

You will know the biscuits are done when they are brown and crunchy looking. This recipe yielded about 50 biscuits but obviously yields will depend on the size of the cutters you use.

Yappy holidays!

Squirrel!

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14 Responses to Gluten-free Dog Biscuits

  1. ChgoJohn says:

    These are great! I, too, make dog treats and was amazed at the ingredient lists of some. No such problems here! πŸ™‚

    • What do you use to make your dog treats? If you don’t mind sharing your recipe! It was hard to find reliable recipes that were non-toxic online.

      • ChgoJohn says:

        I started to make my own beef and jerky treats for Max after I read that dogs were geting seriously ill from some that were made elsewhere. There’s nothing to it and you can see my recipes here: http://fromthebartolinikitchens.com/2012/05/02/the-kitchens-have-gone-to-the-dogs-canine-jerky-treats/

        Linda, at Savoring Every Bite, has a peanut butter biscuit that Max and his “buds” all love. She uses whole wheat flour and I will when I have it. Otherwise, AP flour works, too. These biscuits are the only grain in Max’s diet. I just don’t have the heart to “cut him off.” Here’s the link to Lynda’s recipe: http://savoringeverybite.com/2011/08/08/homemade-peanut-butter-dog-biscuits/
        I hope this helps.
        Happy Holidays!

      • Happy holidays to you! You are going to think I’m nuts, but I saw Lynda’s recipe and dogs shouldn’t have milk. Many of them (including my dog) are actually lactose-intolerant! And I have several friends with wheat-intolerant dogs, which is why I did the flaxseed flour and millet flour. Oh lord! I sound insane. Since when did dog allergies become a thing?!!!!! Anyway, you have a wonderful holiday and give Max a scratch for me. I wish you lived closer so I could give him a bag of my grain-free, poultry-free biscuits!!!!! πŸ™‚

  2. Nada says:

    Who are the 2 tasters? They almost look like your crew.

    • I know! It’s Banana and Roscoe, her cat. Roscoe is very Mitten-like in his behavior. Banana is like the Podengo in that she will only let you pet her if her cat, who is much more friendly than she is, trying to get your attention.

  3. strawberryquicksand says:

    I am sure my puppies would LOVE peanut butter flavoured, squirrel shaped dog treats!

    • God, they smelled good. The piece I ate was good — at first. The dogs seem to really like them. Even Banana, who is one of those prissy, super cute Chihuahuas who hates everything. She scarfed it!

  4. Sheryl says:

    These look like so much fun! I wish I had a dog.

    • I’m giving them to friends’ dogs. My dog isn’t allergic to a thing — although of course he got a bag of these in his stocking too! It’s both fun, and a way to prevent me from baking something that I will eat too much of!!!

  5. So one of your tasters was a cat? Will cats eat these? They sound amazing. Too bad about the bitter aftertaste (for human tastebuds) cause they are amazingly healthy sounding. Happy, merry, and bright!

  6. magentmama says:

    My chihuahua would love them! Merry Christmas!

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