Here's a super simple recipe for dog treats! If you're new to baking, dog treats are a great way to practice your skills! I use gluten free ingredients, but feel free to substitute regular oats or flour if you prefer.
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I roll the dough and cut them with a cookie cutter but you can also roll in small balls and press with a fork.
I'm giving you a really fast and basic recipe! Feel free to use some add ins if you like. Here are some great choices (add some or all):
1 T chopped parsley: Parsley contains healthy antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It helps improve organ function, flushes toxins from the body, and improves bad breath.
1 tsp cinnamon: Known for it's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon can also improve breath.
1 tsp ground ginger: Gives a boost to the digestive system and soothe nausea, as well as improve circulation.
1 tsp basil: Rich in antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Basil helps with the painful effects of arthritis, elevates the mood, and can ease stress and anxiety.
1 tsp turmeric: Can provide some relief from arthritis, and has been used to protect against cancer and anemia. It provides benefits for cardiovascular, joint, and brain health.
- 1 cup gluten free quick oats (feel free to sub regular oats or flour)
- 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup no sugar added peanut butter
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
In a food processor, add oats and process until oats resemble a powder.
Add pumpkin and peanut butter and process until a soft (sticky) dough forms.
On floured surface, gently kneed dough until a ball forms.
Roll or pat dough until it's about 1/4" thick. If you like thicker treats, go ahead and leave the dough thicker.
Use a cookie cutter and cut shapes out of dough. Place the shapes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (Not into rolling and cutting shapes? Roll dough into 1" balls and flatten with a fork)
Bake 20-30 minutes (soft = less time, crunchy = more time)
For the crunchiest treats, after baking, turn off the oven and leave the treats up to overnight.
These are fresh, without preservatives. Keep in a sealed container for up to a week, or freeze them and take out for as needed.
BONUS RECIPE! If you saw me on Ozarks Fox AM making this treat, you saw the hosts, Kelly and Jeremy tasting my 'fake' dog biscuits! Here's the recipe:
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup beet sugar
- 3 cups gluten free flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Cream peanut butter, coconut oil and beet sugar until smooth (a mixer works best)
- Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
- Slowly add the flour combination to the peanut butter mixture.
- Once incorporated, turn out on a floured surface and gently kneed until a dough forms. (You may skip this step and simply make 1" balls and flatten with a fork)
- Using cookie cutter, cut out shapes and lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake 10-12 minutes.
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