Canine Cookies? Yes! The simplicity of these healthy dog snacks may surprise you. These quick and easy free dog treat recipes have no sugar, no salt and are easy to make.
But First, a Story
What is a page on Three Little Pitties without a story?
In my mind, the term cookie implies sugar except when I’m talking about cookies for dogs. Using the term cookie makes me feel like it’s a special treat so my dogs do too. After all, our canines pick up on our feelings far more than our words. I will ask if they want a cookie even if I’m handing them a piece of carrot (which they love) and they are thrilled.
...My neighbor, Monica, told me a year after I moved in that she thought I was a crazy lady who named all my dogs “Cookie” because whenever my dogs barked in her direction, I’d holler “cookie!” which brought the ill mannered canines racing back inside! This still makes me giggle.
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Okay, back to dog cookies. The supplies are simple as well. Two bowls, a cookie sheet, measuring cups and a whisk (or fork) and spoon. If you have a rolling pin you can also try healthy dog biscuits but look at these free dog treat recipes before you go clicking off somewhere else because these are good too.
And please don’t be shy about trying new grains for healthy dog snacks. Ever heard the saying, "Try it, you'll like it?" I chose healthy flours you should be able to find at the grocery store. I hope you'll try them for yourself as well. Why?
There are dozens of healthy grains for purchase but somehow in the United States the main flour used is white flour which is made of stripped and bleached wheat. Check out the link. It has no nutritional value and, well, kind of clogs us all up.
Tip: If you would like to try oat flour and can't find it, just get a big tub of old fashioned oatmeal in the cereal section and run it through the food processor. Instant healthy flour!
I enjoy sharing these recipes for your enjoyment and to improve dog health. I have been contacted a few times asking for permission to use my recipes for a local dog treat business. If you ever have the inclination, use mine. I would be delighted!
In fact, here is an eBook you may enjoy if you are thinking about getting into the healthy dog snacks craze.
Okay. Ready, set, go!
1 cup spelt flour
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup peanut butter(without sugar & corn syrup please)
½ cup grated carrot
¾ hot water
Set oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, oats and grated carrot in first bowl. In second bowl mix hot water and peanut butter. Combine peanut butter mixture with flour mixture. Using a teaspoon (the one you eat with), drop cookies on cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes.(They should be about an inch across)*
2 cups spelt flour
2 jars beef baby food (2-1/2 oz. ea.)
1/3 cup finely grated beet
1 teaspoon olive oil
¾ cup hot water
Set oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and grated beet in first bowl. In second bowl mix hot water, oil and baby food. Combine meat and flour mixtures. Drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheet and bake 25 minutes.(They should be about an inch across)*
1 cup rice flour
½ cup rolled oats
2 jars turkey baby food (2-1/2 oz. each)
1/3 cup grated broccoli stalk
½ cup hot water
1 t. rosemary
Set oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, oats, grated broccoli and rosemary in first bowl. In second bowl mix hot water and baby food. Combine meat and flour mixtures. Drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheet and bake 25 minutes.(They should be about an inch across)*
This is a good canine cookie to try if your dog has a sensitive tummy. Pumpkin tends to firm up loose stools and loosen up the constipated ones. Don't ask me why. I just know it works.
1 cup rice flour
1 cup PLAIN canned pumpkin
1 t. cinnamon
½ cup finely grated zucchini
oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, cinnamon and zucchini. Add pumpkin.
Mix and place teaspoon size cookies on cookie sheet and bake 25 minutes
for some really healthy dog snacks.(They should be about an inch
*If your cookies are more than 1", they may have to cook a few minutes longer. Also, if you let them cool on the cookie sheet they will be crunchier.
Here's a link to another website where you can find more homemade dog treat recipes. While there are lots of recipe ideas, please stay away from wheat products and use better grains. Remember substitution can turn a so-so recipe into a healthy dog snack recipe!
Final Note: Please notice (sorry to repeat myself) I do not ever use white flour for my dogs. It's terrible stuff. Not only is it void of nutrition, it is treated by the body as sugar and heaven knows there is far to much canine diabetes from feeding our loved ones all the crummy dog treats and processed dog kibbles (because we didn't know better).
And just for fun I wanted to share these. I think they are sooo fun! You can click on the picture to price them.