4 September, 2017
Gluten Free Dog Treats
Gluten Free Dog Treats
Healthy and happy dogs need nutritious snacks just as we do and one of the best ways of assuring that, is by making them yourself. If you have never made dog treats before, don’t be nervous, it is quite easy with my, “Gluten Free Dog Treats” recipe featured below. Since my dietary expertise lies in that of humans and not of canines, I needed to rely on veterinarian experts to find out what kind of foods might be good for dogs. In my research, I was surprised to find many commonly eaten human foods such as onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, currants, citrus (especially citrus oil extracts), coconut, avocado, candy, chewing gum, corn on the cob, fat trimmings, bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources, raw eggs, raw fish, raw meat, human vitamins that contain iron, nuts especially macadamia nuts, marijuana and other herbs, certain spices such as cinnamon (large amounts), nutmeg (large amounts) and cardamom, milk and dairy products, mushrooms, rhubarb, tomato leaves, pits from persimmons, peaches and plums, apple seeds, salty snacks, sugary snacks, tobacco, xylitol, yeast on its own and in raw dough form, hops in beer, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, green tea and foods containing caffeine can be toxic (marked in red) and cause serious injury, illness or death to canines. Here’s a good video by Rover.com.
In addition, I also discovered that some canines have sensitivity to gluten, a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye, which can cause them to have a poor appetite, excessive gassiness, vomiting, diarrhea, weight-loss, or chronic skin problems, itchiness and allergic reactions. I also learned that dog treats should be easy on the teeth, so hard snacks such as bones, antlers and hooves should be avoided as they can cause fractures to teeth. Rawhide is the exception here as it become soft over time as the dog chews on this treat.
So…with all this insightful information in mind, I began to created a treat that was nutritious, gluten free, low sodium, low sugar with no artificial colorings, flavorings or preservatives and one that was kind to teeth and could be easily prepared by any doggie parent. I chose to make these treats gluten free as to include all doggies, especially those who have gluten sensitivity. This “Gluten Free Dog Treats” recipe calls for gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats. Bob’s Red Mill old fashioned rolled oats are the gluten free ones that I use. These oats can be found in the gluten-free section of most large supermarkets, health food stores and also on Amazon.com.
I chose this adorable mini dog bone mold (above) to make this particular treat. The “Gluten Free Dog Treats” recipe works perfectly with this mold with no need for spray oil. The finished treats are a good size for both small and large dogs. Remember treats also add calories to your dog’s diet, so small treats like these are perfect for portion control. I plan on making plenty of these nutritious treats for my friend Scout (pictured above), so I purchased two molds. Amazon.com offers a wonderful selection of these types of baking molds, so check out their website by clicking on the baking mold picture above.
Molding the “Gluten Free Dog Treats” into mini bones.
Doggie Bones Ready For The Oven.
VIDEO: Scout taste tests the “Gluten Free Dog Treats”!
CONSIDERATIONS: Before adding these homemade treats to your dog’s diet, talk with your veterinarian or dog nutritionist about possible allergies and weight issues.
- Serves: 83 Treats
- Serving size: 1 Mini Bone Treat
- Calories: 26 Kcal
- Fat: 1g
- Saturated fat: 0g
- Unsaturated fat: 0g
- Trans fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 3g
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 7mg
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 1g
- Cholesterol: 8mg
- 3 whole large eggs
- 6 tablespoons natural peanut butter (creamy, gluten free)
- 1 jar (4-ounce) pureed carrots (baby food)
- 4¼ cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free)
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit.
- In a food processor or a NutriBullet blender, grind the oats into a flour and set aside.
- Stir the peanut butter until the oil and peanut solids are thoroughly mixed. One way of doing this is by emptying the jar of peanut butter (room temperature) into your standing mixer. With the paddle attachment, blend the oil and peanut solids together gradually increasing the speed to high until the peanut solids and oil are completely combined. Scrap peanut butter back into its jar.
- In the bowl of a standing mixture with a whisk attachment, whisk together the eggs, peanut butter and pureed carrots, scraping down the sides and increasing the speed to high and whisk for 1 minute.
- Replace the whisk attachment with the paddle attachment and gradually add in the flour until well combined. The dough will be quite stiff.
- There are two ways of baking with this doggie bone mold (please note that the mold does not need to be sprayed with cooking spray). 1. Place the mold onto a parchment lined baking sheet and then press the raw dough evenly into each cavity and bake for 10 minutes or until the treats feels firm. Remove from the oven and when the mold has cooled to the touch, invert and pop out the treats pressing slightly on the back of the mold. Spread the treats out evenly on the baking tray and place back into the oven. Bake for an additional 1 hr 35 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature. 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Press a small amount of dough firmly into each cavity of the mold to form bone-shaped treats. Gently remove each raw treat from the mold by pushing slightly on the back of the mold and place on the baking sheet then bake for 1 hour 45 minutes. Remove treats from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.
- *If you are making several batches, seal finished treats in plastic zip bags in the freezer for up to 3 months. Make sure to NOT OPEN the bag once removed from the freezer until the treats have reached room temperature, this will prevent condensation from forming on the treats.
Before adding these homemade treats to your dog’s diet, talk with your veterinarian or dog nutritionist about possible allergies and weight issues.
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VIDEO: “What People Foods Are Toxic to Pets” by Dr. Tina Wismer, DVM
Have numbers to your local veterinarian, the closest emergency clinic and the ASPCA (Animal Poison Control Center) (888) 426-4435 in case of emergencies.
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“Gluten Free Dog Treats” post was last updated 09/03/17 by Chef Meg, R.D.