Grain-free Dog Treats

by Panelopi
(PA)

Cockers usually do well on a grain free diet. Our vet told us this. Well if you are lucky to find treats without any grain at all, they'll cost you a fortune.

How can you make grain free treats for cockers?

Or can you use special flours like amaranth or almond flour etc. I know they do not bake like regular flours but there has to be a way to make special treats.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Grain Free Doggie Treats
by: Pauline

Hi Panelopi,

Thanks for your post.

It's very difficult to find cheaper alternatives when your pet is allergic or intolerant to grains.

I've yet to research this fully, so I can't answer your question about special flours, although I did read that coconut flour is good to use (albeit expensive).

I do intend to write more about grain free dog treats, but in the meanwhile I hope this helps.

Sweet Potato Grain Free Dog Treats

1 large sweet potato
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1.5 tablespoons of flax
1 tablespoon of water
1/2 cup coconut flour

Method:

Warm your oven to 350°F (180°C).

Mix the flax and water in a bowl and let it sit so that the flax makes a paste, you can add a little more water if you need to.

Peel and chop the sweet potato. Place in boiling water and cook until soft. Mash. There's no need to add salt, besides it's not good for your dog.

Add all ingredients to the mash and mix thoroughly.

If you need to thicken the mixture you can add a little extra coconut flour.

Place a sheet of grease proof paper onto a baking tray .

Your mixture will probably be quite sticky, but do your best to drop small bite-sized 'dollops' onto the paper until you've used all of the mixture.

After the dog treats been in the oven for 15 minutes, gently flatten them with the back of a wooden spoon and replace them in the oven. (This helps them to cook better and remove any sharp edges that may otherwise scratch your dog's mouth).

Continue to cook your grain-free dog treats for another 20 minutes, but it's best to check them after 15 minutes.

To help them harden, turn off the oven and let them cool in the oven.

Here's another recipe called Banana and Peanut Butter Bites.

If your dog can tolerate oats, I'm sure he'll love these.

Ingredients:

1 large peeled banana
1 cup oat flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
3 tablespoons peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 whisked egg
1/2 cup dried parsley (optional)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).

Mash the banana in a large bowl and then add your ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Cover with a tea towel and place in the fridge for 5 - 10 minutes to make the dough more workable.

You should be able to make around two dozen dog treats from this mixture.

You can either:

Pinch off a small bite-sized piece of dough and roll into a ball. Place it on a baking sheet covered with grease proof paper.

Continue rolling into small balls until you've used up all the mixture.

Using your thumb, or the back of a tablespoon, press down gently until the ball is flattened to resemble a biscuit.

Alternatively, roll out and use a doggie biscuit cookie cutter.

Place in the oven and bake until they're firm and golden brown on the bottom, usually for around 40 to 45 minutes.

Take them out of the oven and allow to cool before placing them in an airtight container in the fridge.

I've added grain free dog treats to my list of 'pages to write'. I will get around to adding something on my site so if you discover any good recipes, why not sent them to me and I'll add them to my article?

I'd love to hear how you get on Panelopi!

Kind regards,
Pauline

PS: Just in case you're wondering why add parsley to the recipe...it's said to help freshen the breath. Now that can be bad can it?

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