Grain-Free Dog Treats

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Oh Amelia Bedelia, my little demon-corgi-love-child, you!

Homemade Dog Treats

Now that I’ve lived with a puppy for 14 days, I feel like I can speak as a half-way authority on them. Here are a few notes/thoughts:

1. You will drop serious dollars on puppy toys, beds, treats, etc…and then they’ll become fascinated with empty water bottles, your shoe laces, your scarves and your first adult couch. Their mission with all of these objects, that you love and adore, is to destroy them. DE-STROY.

2. You will let your puppy sleep in your bed because “it’s so cute OMG!” and then it will sleep on your head and on your pillow. Oh and puppies don’t sleep in. No. Never. They’ll wake you up at 6:30am every morning BY NIPPING AT YOUR FACE.

Homemade Dog Treats

3. You will take your puppy outside to do its business, you’ll come back inside thinking you’re the owner of the year for tending to this lil’ thing so diligently, you’ll turn your back and then…BOOM! accident on the carpet. DUDE!

4. You will wake up one morning, make the little creature treats, it will smell the peanut butter and follow you around everywhere. You will bake them, allow them to cool and give your little animal a try; her wiggling little (non-existent corgi) tail will tell you she’s excited and she’ll eat the treat so vigorously that you’ll forget her puppy-terror ways. Perfect.

But seriously, I LOVED THOSE SHOES, AMELIA!!

Amelia is on a grain-free diet. Mainly because my childhood dog, Chuck, is on a raw-food diet and he’s thirteen, has never had a health issue and runs around like a puppy. And then proceeds to sleep like an old man, tongue out and all. BUT you get what I’m saying.

Whatever diet your dog is on, he/she will LOVE these.

Garbanzo flour is the total jam for dogs. Coming in at 22%, garbanzo flour has the highest protein level out of all flours. Also, it’s super inexpensive. Double win.

These treats have minimal ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make.

Annnd, they’re Amelia approved.

Homemade Dog Treats

Grain-Free Dog Treats

Print this recipe!

1 medium banana, mashed
3 tablespoons creamy (natural) peanut butter
1 large egg
1 3/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
*1/4 cup rolled oats (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the banana, peanut butter and egg; mix until completely combined. To a medium bowl, add the flour and rolled oats; mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine until the dough comes together.

2. Transfer the dough to a piece of heavily floured wax paper. Note: The dough will be sticky so flouring everything (wax paper, rolling pin and cookie cutter) is important. Roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness and cut out the cookies using a cookie cutter of choice. Re-roll the scraps and cut out more cookies. (I used a small heart cookie cutter and ended up with 22 cookies.) Transfer the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet. These cookies won’t spread so placing them close together is okay. If you don’t want to roll the dough out, alternatively, you can scoop teaspoons of dough onto a baking sheet, flattening the cookies with the ball of your palm.

3. Bake the cookies for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to come to room temperature on a cooling rack. Cookies will be good for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Yields 22 cookies

*Oats are technically a grain. I added them for texture. You can of course eliminate this and you’ll be good to go.

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Mary February 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

I’ve made these twice for my greyhound and she loves them. I snack on a couple out of the oven too!

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Adrianna February 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

HA! LOVE THAT! I tried a bite because I was just curious how it tasted. Not too too terrible. I mean, not anything I really want to eat on the regs, but not terrible!

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Katie February 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

OH my GOSH, you have just described my 9 week old puppy PERFECTLY! Literally everything that you wrote about Amelia, my Franny does too. Even the snoring! I’m so excited to make these treats for her. Everything I’ve ever made from your blog has been phenomenal, so I know these will be great too. Much love from WA and lots of sloppy kisses from my puppy to yours!

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dog food chicago February 14, 2013 at 5:34 am

I like puppies. This Raw food is best for dogs. If you have dog you can get this raw food for your dog and it also grain free. It makes your dog healthy and strong.

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Mike Taing February 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Hey Adrianna,

These are big hit with the office dogs at my work place. Everyone says “Thank you!”

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Adrianna February 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Hey Mike! That’s so awesome. YAY!!!! Hope all is well. xo

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Erik February 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi Adrianna,

I just whipped up a batch of dog treats using your grain free dog treat recipe. They were super easy to make, smelled wonderful while baking, and, most importantly, were a big hit with out little girl, Shubie. Shubie is a Glen of Imaal Terrier (they are built much like a Corgi – short little legs and a long body) and she has trouble with grain. We buy her grain free treats and food, but today I decided to try baking some. I found your site in a simple Google search. I was sold on the ease of the recipe and, as a photographer, completely sold on the great photos on your site. Thanks so much! Next time I’ll roll out the dough and use a cute cookie cutter so my treats will look a little nicer. I don’t think Shubie will care though.

Best,
Erik (Marblehead, Mass.)

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Roxann March 5, 2013 at 6:58 am

Amazing!!! Bubba could not wait to get his lips on these wonderful treats. I have passed them out to my friends dogs too. Thank you for posting this.

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Max March 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Hi! Found your blog through Eatsy and I love it!
My husband and I just adopted our first dog a couple weeks ago and everything you just listed was spot on! Including chewing the paper off the bottom of our new rug/first adult couch and jumping on the bed like a flying banshee at 4:45am. haha
just in case you need it, i just bought a bissell spot bot from bed bath and beyond since our apartment is all carpet. totally saved our lives.
we have her(Roxy) on a grain free diet so I’ll have to try these treats out!

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Adrianna March 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

Congratulations on your new family member. Now that Amelia is a few months along it’s gotten way easier. And her being house trained makes life SO much better.

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Chrissy March 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Hi Adrianna,

Just made my first batch of these and they were quite a hit with my hound dog, Matty. I adopted him about 6 weeks ago — the first dog I’ve had in almost 8 years. He’s 4 years old and super food-motivated and these seems to be a “high-value” treat in his eyes — there are pools of drool all over the kitchen floor from him salivating for one! Thank you for the post. I wanted to let you know that I added 1 TB canned pumpkin in place of one of the TBs of peanut butter. Pumpkin is fantastic for a dog’s digestive system!

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Adrianna March 31, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Hi Chrissy, This made my day. So glad Matty loved them. And I love LOVE houndogs. So cute! I actually have experimented with pumpkin puree for Amelia and she loves it!

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Kim Brown April 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm

What do you suggest as a alternative to egg? Or can I just omit? My dog cannot have eggs.
Could we also omit oats? He did not test allergic to them but they were higher up on the list. A high-negative.

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Adrianna April 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm

You can omit the egg and try adding a few tablespoons of apple sauce or peanut butter. The egg is there working as a binder so hopefully the apple sauce works just as well. Not positive if this will work though. And you can absolutely omit the oats.

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wendy July 15, 2014 at 6:40 am

The egg is really just a binder. Chia seeds make a great substitution. 1 TBS Chia seeds to 3 TBS water. let soak then use in place of egg.

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karen April 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm

not really grain free with oats in it???

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Soo April 30, 2013 at 6:44 am

This must have been posted before: oats are a *grain* so it would be helpful for websearch results if you could please change your title and tags, thanks. It could get away with being titled “gluten free” if it required *certified gluten-free oats”. Looks yummy otherwise!

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discount lava lamps May 6, 2013 at 7:44 am

WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching
for natural balance cat food

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Pamela May 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I am actually trying to find dog treat recipes that are truly grain free. I was liking your recipe until I saw the oats which is a grain and some peanut butter is made with grain as well. The grain free treats we purchase for our airedales are truly grain free but I am tired of spending the money and feel I could probably make a better treat.

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Cathie August 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

My dog is allergic to all grains also. I just found out that buckwheat is not a grain it is a fruit. I am going to try buckwheat flour and see if Lola is allergic. I now use garbanzo bean flour and will try peanut butter (don’t know if she is allergic to this either). I do know she cannot eat any protein other than duck and rabbit. Venison is out for sure, chicken, turkey, beef, (anything with “hoofs”).

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Maria September 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Cathie,

If your dog is allergic to chicken, he or she may also react to eggs like my baby. If he or she does, simply substitue the egg for 1/2 mashed banana, or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (dogs shouldn’t have processed sugars), or 1/4 cup low or fat free plain yogurt ( if he or she can tolerate it), or 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 3 Tbsp water. All work great, but my personal favorite is the unsweetened applesauce. Sometimes the flax makes the biscuits denser. I hope this helps.

Sincerely,
Maria

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magnoliasouth June 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Love this! In fact, one of my favorite human sandwiches is a peanut butter and banana sandwich. YUM! My babies will love this recipe.

As an alternative potato flakes are a great stand in for flour too, but it’s not as dense of course.

I don’t buy garbanzo flour but grind it up at home, myself. It’s really easy because you can just use a food processor. The only problem is that there are little unpowdered bits left in there, so I just sift those out and throw them in my coffee grinder that I use for spices. If any still remain after that, then they get dropped into my soup bag (leftovers from anything), that I keep in the freezer. I got the idea from somewhere else, but I can’t remember where.

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Adrianna Adarme June 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Hi! Thanks for the tips on making my own garbanzo flour–I haven’t done it but it seems pretty easy. Thanks!

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wendy July 15, 2014 at 7:04 am

I just bought my dried chickpeas for making the garbanzo flour. Very excited to see how it works!

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Adrianna Adarme July 15, 2014 at 8:55 am

Report back! :)

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Ali July 12, 2013 at 9:44 am

You could re-title these treats Gluten free, that’s a common title for treats with oats in it. My girls can’t have any grain so we can’t even do oats, but I’m trying the recipe with extra garbanzo flour. I’ll let you know how that goes!

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Tess July 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

Thank you so much!!! I’m 13 and I have a passion for baking things for both me and my three-year-old yellow lab and I tried these with him and he loves them! They’re also gluten free and I have an allergy to gluten so that just makes them even better! when I made them I modified the recipe a little bit though. I used cranberry and flaxseed oatmeal instead of oats (price chopper brand) and Cody (my dog) and my (human) brother Sam both went absolutely insane over them. Once again I would like to say thank you!

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Adrianna Adarme July 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

That’s so great. So glad he loved them!

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Cathie August 1, 2013 at 7:51 am

Adrianna,

I would love to use your recipe except my dog’s allergic to oats. What can I substitute for the oats or can I just leave it out of the recipe?

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Maria September 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Cathie,

I also have a dog with multiple allergies. She’s (poor thing) allergic to chicken, eggs included, beef, wheat, and corn. When I learned of my furry child’s dilemma, I made it my mission to make her delicious treats that she can enjoy. With that said, I found that http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com was a life saver. I learned what to substitue for what, and now I can adjust almost any recipe I find to meet my lovable girl’s needs. I went ahead and looked up some alternatives and found the following: rice cereal, quinoa flakes, buckwheat groats, rye berries or hulled millet. The oats are really only for texture, so that’s what you’ll what to replace, or you can omit them if you’d like. You may need a tad more flour if you do. I hope this helps.

Sincerely,
Maria

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Heather August 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I see you said that your other dog is on a raw food diet, could you give out that recipe that you have given him for 13 years? I would love to start my dogs on a raw diet due to yeast infections. Thank you and yes they find the most expensive shoes too!!!!” :)

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Adrianna Adarme August 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

Ahh…Chuck eats simply raw natural meat (what is on salt at Whole Foods) and some cans of tuna. He’s still going. He just had a birthday so now he’s 14 and still runs around. Amelia eats raw eggs (organic) with the shell, a scoop of raw natural turkey and since she’s a fruits and veggie lover, I throw in whatever I have: frozen melon, mango, blueberries, zucchini, etc. I top it with a bit of probiotic powder and hemp oil. She’s been on this diet for about 6 months and haven’t seen a problem. What I feed Amelia is a cheaper alternative to what my parents feed their dog. And I think she loves it. Hope this helps!

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Andria August 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

Um, oats are a grain

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Janice September 15, 2013 at 6:11 am

I make my dogs(Phillip and Harry) who are Bichon,Maltese mix, cookies. They seem to be allergic to lots of things, so I am constantly trying new recipes. I’ve used regular flour, which is a mistake it seems. The recipe I have used has under gone lots of changes.

Since reading yours, it will change again. I will try garbanzo flour next time. The ingredients I use are: bananas, sweet potatoes, small amount honey, peanut butter, egg, flax berries. I did use wheat germ. Probably not good for allergies?

I would love your suggestions.

Thank you.

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Adrianna Adarme September 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

I’d skip the wheat germ for dogs who are sensitive to wheat and grains.

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Aurea October 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

<3 <3

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Ariana October 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

Oh man, I’m going to spoil my Corgi rotten (healthy?) with these. He loves treats and I feel much better giving him healthy homemade ones. Gotta keep those stumpers from getting pudgy!

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Adrianna Adarme October 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

Aww! You have a corgi too! I LOVE THAT!

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Ariana October 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

I do! He’s the cutest stumpiest little thing ever. I’ve loved your blog for ages and now it’s even better knowing there’s a fellow Corgi lover involved :p

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Kelly October 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

What dog food does your older pup eat? I would love to switch my dog to a grain-free food.

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Adrianna Adarme October 14, 2013 at 8:49 am

My parents older dog eats raw meat twice a day. He’s currently 14 years old and has never had any health issues. I feed Amelia a few raw eggs, a scoop of raw ground chicken, some frozen fruits and vegetables. She loves it! Her coat is silky smooth and she’s in good health.

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Pina October 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Walmart now carries all of Bob’s red mill flours

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Karin October 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Can I freeze these? If so, how long do you think they’ll keep well in the freezer? I’m planning on making several big batches at once(3dogs in the house now), if they freeze well, so I wont have to make them as often.

Thanks!

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Adrianna Adarme October 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I haven’t tried it but I’ve frozen other cookies with much success. If it’s post bake, it’s usually as simple as putting them in a freezer-safe bag of container and that’s it! If it’s pre-bake (dogs love freshly baked cookies, too), I’d recommend flash freezing the cut out cookies:

To flash freeze, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer until hard, about 30 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. Add a few minutes of baking time to the cookies.

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Malucy November 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

reatful for the recipe-my pug Rosie was just put on a grain free diet. And everyone was so right your baby is precious!
I’d like to add a site for anyone who might be interested in some alternative information:
http://www.ottowavalley dog whisperer.com. I have used so much of her suggestions about adding herbs to my Doxie and Pugs diet, homemade medicine, behavior suggestions etc. Her insight has been so beneficial! It’s not only interesting but extremely educational. A really good read to boot. Give it a shot.
Again thanks for the recipe! I’ll be tuning-in a lot.

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Lemondrop December 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm

You can also put the eggshells into the biscuits. Eggshells are actually good for dogs and you can feed them plain!

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Lunagal January 3, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Is it one and three quarter cups of flour or a three quarter cup of flour?

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Adrianna Adarme January 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm

1 3/4 cup flour = one and three quarter cups of flour.

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PiecesOfMe January 24, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I love the ingredients for this recipes and plan on making it soon for my boxer! I just wanted give my advice an alternative for those who are seeking an alternative to the oatmeal: Coconut flour. It is very high in fiber, low in digestible carbohydrates, a good source of protein and gluten free.
Thank you, very much for this wonderful and simple recipe!

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wendy July 15, 2014 at 8:08 am

Thank you! I didn’t know that. I was given some coconut flour and have been trying to figure out what to do with it!

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Sandy Garbon February 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

Hi is there a way to make this into a batter?. I have a bone baker press like a waffle press and need a batter? Thank you sandy

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Adrianna Adarme February 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Hmm…I’m afraid not. This is definitely a cookie dough batter. But that bone baker press sounds awesome. I bet you could take a basic pancake recipe, swap out the flours and use that!

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Alison Miller February 5, 2014 at 8:34 am

I had looked for a grain-free biscuit recipe for a while, as our beagle has allergies to wheat. What a great find when I stumbled upon your website! I have wanted to make these biscuits since before Thanksgiving, but my schedule was too hectic. Finally, while living through another snow day, we found time to make the cookies. Let me tell you, both of my dogs loved them! Thank you so much for a great recipe that will become a staple in this household, I’m sure!

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Adrianna Adarme February 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

Oh yayyyy! I’m glad you found me and so happy to hear the doggies liked the biscuits. :)

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Carol February 5, 2014 at 9:39 am

Will definitely try these. Can you tell you readers more about the raw diet you give Chuck. Always looking for a information to keep my little dog healthy. Looking forward to read what you can share.

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Robyn February 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Amelia is too cute! I also have a cute corgi who will love these cookies! He has major skin issues and have just started on a grain-free diet. Get Amelia crate trained and puppy classes will keep her brain stimulated – corgis are very smart and can be well trained. Enjoy your cutie!

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Adrianna Adarme February 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

Hope the grain-free diet helps your pup!

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Annette February 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I love the sounds of this recipe. I hope to make them for my doggy’s daycare for Valentine’s day. Can you tell me if I can use overripe frozen (thawed) bananas for the recipe or will it be to liquidy?
thanks

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Adrianna Adarme February 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm

You should be ok, but if the dough is too wet, just add a tablespoon or two of flour. This recipe is very forgiving.

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Ringo Huff February 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

This is a well written Article on Grain Free Dog Treats. I must say that the puppies are so cute. Any dog lover would live to be with them.
It is nice to know that you have put ample time writing this Article. This is inspiring that I need to go back to my blog and write quality articles like this.

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Lunagal March 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

I added some Greek yoghurt instead of the egg and also some ground flax seed and they worked out fine. My beagle and harrier love them and they work out much cheaper then the bought wheat free treats. Plus you can change the shape for holidays; they had stars and trees at Christmas and hearts at Valentines :)

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pchan March 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

Is it possible to use mesa flower in place of rice or garbanzo flower?

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AnnaMarie March 23, 2014 at 5:14 am

I was looking for grain free biscuits and found this one. Sounds fantastic! My almost 6 month old Heathen Corgi puppy, Lollipop, will be sure to love them.

Aren’t Corgis the best!!!

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Luna's mom April 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

Hi there, I have a 6 month old Aussie, Luna. I put her on a grain free diet. I like your recipe very much. I used garbanzo-fava bean flour and some coconut flour. I added a shredded chopped carrot for some texture. I also added some canned pumpkin. Sometimes I add unsweetened applesauce. She loves them. Thanks for the idea and recipe

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Aku's Mama May 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

Will this recipe give my doggies gas? and do you know what ingredients I can avoid in their treat recipes, so my doggies don’t get gas?

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Melanie | Melanie Makes May 9, 2014 at 11:02 am

I’m 34 years old and I’m getting my first dog TOMORROW! To say I’m excited is the understatement of the century. Can’t wait to make these for my new furry boy. :) Pinned!

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www.myplan.com May 14, 2014 at 11:20 pm

This flour is created by finely crushing and milling blanched almonds.

Cook time: 10 minutes (or until meat is done) 1 pound ground beef, turkey or chicken Pinch of sea salt.
So the prospect of eliminating my baguette when having my cheese or not having my Sunday treats was a little daunting.

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Spicey & crew May 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

Hi there! My three dogs absolutely LOVE these cookies, thank you so much for sharing this with everyone. (and Amelia is ADORABLE!) I’ve been using this recipe for many months now, and thought I’d pass on a few helpful tips.

Since I knew I’d go through a bunch more of these cookies than I would if I had only one dog, I multiplied this recipe X4, and today, X5, because I had an extra banana on hand that needed to be used up. I keep the bags of cookies in my freezer, and dole them out after our morning walks. They’re not too hard that they can’t crunch them up but appear to be just right!

As Adrianna says, this recipe is very forgiving, so when you get to ingredients X4 or X5, you have a fairly wide buffer zone. Exact measurements are absolutely not necessary and can be +/- without worrying much at all.

Here’s the quantities X4: 7 cups flour, 3/4 cup peanut butter, 4 bananas, 4 eggs, and 1 cup oats.

For X5, since I had an extra banana today, I just threw in an extra cup (and a few shakes more out of the bag) of flour, another egg, and nearly filled the 1 cup scoop of PB, along with another handful or so of oats. No sweat.

Also, since I’ve found it next to impossible to roll these out without stuff sticking everywhere, I just make a half-dollar sized cookie and press it flat on the cookie sheet with my fingers. Since this stuff is so extraordinarily sticky, I tried using oil to maybe help keep my fingers free from built up dough, but that didn’t work out very well.

Today I found the solution! Warm water! I got a bowl of warm water from the tap, and keep it by the mix bowl. When the dough starts to stick to your fingers again, about every 4-6 cookies, dip your fingers into the bowl and rub off the sticky dough, shake off the excess water, and continue. There’s not enough water to worry about it messing up the cookies, and things sped up tremendously! It now doesn’t take me but a few minutes to fill up a cookie sheet.

Sorry to be so long winded. I hope this helps, and thanks again!

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Joanna June 8, 2014 at 6:56 am

Oats ARE a grain.

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Adrianna Adarme June 8, 2014 at 8:49 am

The recipe clearly states that they’re optional. The recipe doesn’t depend on them at all.

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Ginny June 10, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I made these for my dog who have sensitive stomachs. They were soooo easy and the dogs loved them! I even had a bite of one myself LOL

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Theresa June 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Wow! Thanks for the great recipe! I started making my own treats because my Maltese is diabetic and I needed a treat that would not spike his insulin levels. He likes everything and it was not a problem for him with the previous treats, but my yorkie is super picky and I have been unable to make something he will actually eat until now, and he actually likes them, a first! This recipe is super easy, and I can feel good about giving them to both my dogs knowing that they are wholesome and without preservatives, and the best part is BOTH my dogs really like them

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