It's a special day! Today my sweet little puppy turns into a big girl, she's 1 year old! I'm not sure exactly where she came from (shelter puppy), but I'm grateful every day that she found her way into my life. And I'm happy to celebrate her big day today! So let's make some treats, shall we?
She is always ravenous (I think it's a dachshund thing) so I decided to make her some special treats for her birthday. I researched a bunch of different recipes before making this one up on my own. I wanted the ingredients to be simple, healthy, and gluten free, since some of her doggy friends have food allergies. Baci loved them and so did all of the other dogs who tried them - a Queensland Heeler mix, Poddle mix, and a finicky Jack Russel Terrier. I'd say that's a success!
Here's the recipe for easy gluten-free dog treats:
- 1 3/4 - 2 cups old fashioned oats or oat flour
- 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 1 cup canned sweet potato or pumpkin
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
If you're using oats (like I did), chop them in a food processor, 1/2 cup at a time until it's chopped into a fine meal. If you have oat flour, skip this step!
In a bowl, blend the peanut butter and sweet potato until mixed. Add the oat flour to the mixture 1/2 cup at a time, until the mixture forms a ball of dough. The amount of flour required will depend on the consistency of the peanut butter. I used close to 2 cups with this batch. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about an hour, or until chilled.
Roll out dough between two sheets of wax or parchment paper, to about 1/4" thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. To make the paw print design, press a finger tip into the bottom center of each cookie, and add smaller impressions over it for the toes. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes or until slightly browned.
The biscuits will have a soft, cookie-like texture. Easy to chew and delicious to munch on, apparently! I tried one myself and wasn't that impressed, so make sure to have something tasty around for you to snack on. These smelled amazing while they were baking and really it made me hungry!
Store in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. I split my batch in half and stored the rest in the freezer to defrost for later.
I hope you'll try this easy recipe! I love knowing exactly what's in these treats and it's just a bonus that they were so inexpensive to make.
P.S. Speaking of treats, these are great for humans, and also really easy to make. Mmmm.