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

Yield: 22 cookies

Grain-Free Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 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)

Directions

  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Notes

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

http://acozykitchen.com/grain-free-dog-treats/

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Margherita January 11, 2013 at 1:04 am

It’s so true, if you let a puppy sleep in your bed you just won’t sleep.
But who can say no to those eyes?
My boyfriend tells me that since I got my puppy I’ve been “brain damaged”. I can’t deny it, I do things I never thought I would find myself doing!

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Chris January 11, 2013 at 3:07 am

Amelia Bedelia! I haven’t heard that in forever! Awesome puppy name.

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Megan January 11, 2013 at 4:15 am

You were already my favourite food blog, but now that your posts include pictures of an adorable puppy, I think you win the internet.

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Judy@lifeonthefoodchain January 11, 2013 at 4:48 am

Amelia is absolutely adorable…but you do know that oats are a grain, right? Wonder how they’d be if you just bump up the chick pea flour? My furry son, Hobbes, a Havanese is 6 now and I can’t say enough good stuff about a grain-free diet for dogs. He’s been on on grain free since we got him as a puppy. Oh, and he went along my bookshelves one day during the chewing stage and ate the bindings off of every book on the lower shelves…

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Adrianna January 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

You’re right! I added it mainly for some texture. And oddly enough, a lot of dog food that’s grain-free has oats it in. You can leave it out all together and just add a few more tablespoons of garbanzo flour.

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Genna May 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Actually, if a dog food says grain free, it cannot contain any grains at all. The dog food that has oatmeal etc usually will say they are wheat, corn and soy free..

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Amelia May 25, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I’m sorry but I have to note here that dog food companies are not regulated the same way, and they claim to be a lot of things they ARE NOT, so I would have to agree with Judy. For my loves, anything with a medium to high glycemic index causes problems, basically a carb free, yeast starvation diet is the only way they roll these days! Thanks for the great recipe though… I’m sure some lucky dogs are enjoying them!! :)

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Sara @ The Cozy Herbivore January 11, 2013 at 5:37 am

Oh my goodness she is too cute! I have a big, lovable, stinky greyhound named Hyde and he’s a peanut butter fanatic. I can’t wait to bake these up for my dude!

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Steph January 11, 2013 at 5:40 am

I’ve read that dog’s digestive systems aren’t made for grain, so I’m happy to see this recipe! Diet is definitely a huge factor in a dog’s quality of life and we want Amelia to live long and be healthy. She is adorable and so is your blog.

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Molly January 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

My dog has also gone grain free! Amelia is soooooooo cute.

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough January 11, 2013 at 6:22 am

I don’t have a dog, but a cat who has decided that a) we are never allowed to sleep. Ever. and b) ALL THE THINGS in the house are scratching posts. So I hear you. But oh, that face… Amelia’s cuteness definitely makes up for her desire to destroy, I’m sure!

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Lindsay May 8, 2013 at 1:15 am

Thank you so much. I suspect the dog I adopted is allergic to whole wheat, the third day I had her after she ate some Marrow bones, she pucked twiced. I avoided giving her treats with whole wheat and she hasn’t done it since. I’m reading everything on the packages now.

I find if you disrupt a cats sleep, they allow you to sleep in. I found it got the point across with my last cat.

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Bev @ Bev Cooks January 11, 2013 at 6:27 am

I can’t even taaaaaaake this!

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loryn January 11, 2013 at 7:24 am

I really, really like puppies, and I look at, play with, and make strange facial expressions at them about ten million times each day, making me somewhat of an authority on cute lookin’ dogs.

but seriously? your puppy is the cutest puppy i have ever seen in my life, ever. EVER.

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tina January 11, 2013 at 7:26 am

Dying over that first pic!!!! Literally gave me goose bumps :) enjoy love! xoxo

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Chelsey January 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

Soo cute! Congrats on the new pup and thanks for the recipe. Go dog lovers!

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Amber January 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

Too cute! I was told by a veterinarian that beans and legumes (and by extension, I would assume bean flours?) are very bad for dogs. Just like they lack the ability to digest grains (including rice and oats), they cannot digest beans and it will cause stomach upset. Grapes are also very dangerous for dogs, just as deadly as chocolate, which I never would have guessed.

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Adrianna January 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

My vet says the opposite and a lot of high-quality dog food has legumes in it BUT if your vet says that, I say listen. You can replace the garbanzo flour with quinoa flour–it’ll work like a charm. Also, my personal opinion is that these are treats to be given every once in a while, so I see no problem giving Amelia treats (every blue moon or so) with all-purpose. So long as it’s not her main diet, I’m good.

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Jennifer January 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

I hear ya. We have a one year old puppy who was a stray in Oklahoma and she likes to do anything we’ve said no to in the past. Her latest habit is attempting to lick every cup we’re currently using. She has her good moments though, and I’d love to give her these to reward her good behavior. :)

Good luck with your pup. She is a cutie with an awesome name!

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joanna January 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

k, i need a paperbag i can breathe into. this is just TOO CUTE.

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Michelle January 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

Gah, you can’t be mad at that face. Well, I bet you can, but it might not last long. It’s totally why I rescued a 5 year old for my first dog. I needed someone with manners already intact so I didn’t want to murder them. Next time, though? PUPPY.

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cindy January 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

My dogs aren’t puppies anymore (sad face!), but they were both definitely terrors…at least the cuteness and unconditional love made up for it! Both of our dogs sleep on our bed AND they snore…but what can you do when there are pup-cuddles to be had!?

As soon as I find some chickpea flour, I’ma make these! I know my grocery store won’t have it but, do you think an ethnic market will?

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Adrianna January 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

A middle eastern market should have it. Also, I linked to Amazon in the post. You can always buy it from there. Oh and other flours like quinoa flour (I’m not sure if that’s easier to find) or oat flour would also work.

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Adrianna January 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

Oh and Amelia snores. That tiny little body snores ALREADY!

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Thomas June 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

You can make your own bean flour. Just put dry beans in your food processor, or if you have a high powered blender like a Vita Mix or other commercial type, that works great too. You could use a coffee grinder for small batches.

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anne January 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

Your dog is so darn cute. I’d want to feed her with a silver spoon, just like the Queen does.
A question: what does a raw food diet consist of for a dog? My own dog is around 5, and has an degenerative bone disease. I’ve been trying to find a way for her to keep a stable body weight, so she can put the least pressure on her poor leg as possible.

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Adrianna January 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

HA! OMG I want to do that too.

Your poor baby!

So, Amelia eats grain-free dry food for puppies. The brand she eats is called Orijen. She’s a puppy and needs those extra vitamins.

As for Chuck, who is on the serious raw food diet. He eats raw meat. My parents go to Whole Foods and buy cheap cuts of meat. They cut it up small and feed it to him. I would definitely advise doing some of your own research and talking to your vet about it first. He’s never had a weight problem so I’m not sure if it’ll help with doggie weight loss. Good luck and I hope your sweetness recovers!

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Melanie December 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Anne,
I use a raw food called made locally here in Seattle. Look for some at a natural pet store. They usually have them right there in the freezers or can recommend them to you. The nice thing about those is that they will be balanced nutritionally and already portioned for easy feeding. Some have fruits and veggies…I always look for organic but that’s a bonus… do what fits your budget.
Good luck!

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Sarah Vernon January 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

Perfect! I’ve just checked with our demon love-child if he would like these. He couldn’t have been less interested but I know full well that when I make them, he will hoover them up in an instant. Shall be pinning the recipe. Sarah

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Adrianna January 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

HA! Demon love children don’t like the internets BUT THEY LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!

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Leisa January 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

These look amazing–my Schnauzer Charlie is asking me to make a batch TODAY :-) Now I have to go find some garbanzo flour…

Amelia is the cutest puppy, by the way! Congrats on your new furbaby <3

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Terry January 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

My dog loves raw baby carrots for treats. It is crunchy, naturally sweet and helps clean her teeth.

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Sara January 11, 2013 at 11:13 am

My friend’s brother has a corgi (Edison) that got his toy stuck under the couch while he was at work. Edison couldn’t get his toy back out, so he literally dug/ate a hole THROUGH the couch. I don’t think he got all the way to the bottom, but the couch was essentially destroyed. Puppies are terrors :) BTW Its not just puppies that don’t sleep in – my 9 year old cockapoo lunges at the mattress from the side of the bed to wake you, and then sits growls. She’ll do this over and over until you actually get up. But she knows how to give kisses on command, so I guess it balances. Good Luck!

On topic, I can’t wait to make these for my dogs.

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Stef January 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

LOVE this recipe! My pup barks and growls in her sleep, i love it! What is she chasing in her dreams?? Enjoy!

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Holli Anne January 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

I feel your pain on the shoes! I’ve had my son the dog Charley for 4 years now, and I still slightly hold a grudge over this one pair of shoes he ate. Try to hide those suckers!

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Sue/the view from great island January 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

Even though my ‘puppy’ is a crazy, hyper-active 7 year old bichon who never gives me a moment’s peace, I will make these for him because the love of a dog is a unique priviledge in this world :)

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe January 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

She is so ridiculously adorable. Seriously.
Thanks for the puppy treat recipe – my little hellion will love them too!

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Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Sooooooooo cute. How can you stand it? I love the shot of her sniffin’ the cookie dough!

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Becca January 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Hi Adrianna. Love love love your blog because it is really veg friendly (my husband and I). And your dog is soo cute! I did have a question though, your recipe calls for an egg and my little Peanut has reacted badly to eggs in the past, what would you suggest as a replacement? I do eggless baking myself and I was thinking applesauce as a replacement? Your thoughts… OH and I wanted to say that I went to B2 Coffee in San Jose (where I live) that you recommended on your blog a while back and it is AMAZING!! Love their latte art :)

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Adrianna January 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Hi Becca! I think the applesauce will work! You could also add oil like coconut oil. I know that’s really great for dogs.

So glad you liked B2! I’ve only been once but I really loved the cup of coffee I had when I was there!

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Megan @ Cioccolato Etc. January 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

While I’m not really a dog person, that dog is adorable! Those eyes! Those ears!!

I wonder why there are so many homemade dog treat recipes, but I have never seen a cat treat recipe. Maybe cats are too picky? My childhood cat, Oscar, used to anything and everything. Like, broccoli. And popcorn. And he went nuts for cheese. But my cat Ajax won’t eat anything that’s not his cat food. Deli ham? Nope. Roast chicken? Nope. Bacon? Nope. I guess there is no food that all cats love, like peanut butter is for dogs.

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Adrianna January 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Hi Megan! Joy over at Joy the Baker made cat treats. Check ’em out:

http://joythebaker.com/2012/09/chewy-cat-treats-for-cats/

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Stella January 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I cannot tell you how much I love this post. It captures the woes and joys of having a puppy around perfectly. She is just too cute! I bet she gets away with a lot…

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Christina January 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

It’s a little bit like having a baby (which I’m completely basing on living with my sister and wee nephew). But way furrier. And you don’t have to wait a year before giving them peanut butter. Win!

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Jasmine January 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

My canine friend has stomach issues and therefore has to eat special hypoallergenic dog food. Do you know if any of these ingredients cause tummy issues in dogs? I know that my dog can handle (and is OBSESSED) with peanut butter and bananas. I’m just not sure about the oats, eggs, and garbanzo flour.

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Adrianna January 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

Unfortunately I’m not sure, as every dog is different. Most dogs are fine with the last three ingredients but I don’t know your dog so it’s tough to say. Sorry about that!

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Jasmine January 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

PS. because of your blog and instagram posts about this lil’ darlin, I’ve added a baby corgi to my birthday list! SO. CUTE.

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dervla @ the curator January 11, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Could she be any cuter with that little head tilt? My dog needs to make the move to grain free due to the constant itching she’s got going on. She’s so lucky to have you baking for her! Have a wonderful weekend.

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Erin @ The Speckled Palate January 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Oh my goodness, puppy cuteness! And everything you’ve said? TOTALLY TRUE. One caveat is that eventually, your pup’s sleeping schedule and waking up one should mirror your own.

I love that you made her some homemade treats, and I can guarantee I’ll be making these for my sweet, 5-years-young pup, Lucy, sometime in the near future. She loves homemade treats.

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Jean January 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

Can I use corn flour if I don’t have garbanzo bean flour?

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Adrianna January 13, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Corn flour is actually low in protein and the use of corn in dog food is a bit controversial (many people say it’s used as a cheap filler), so I’d say skip it. If you want to use another flour, I’d go with quinoa flour.

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Eve Gaw January 21, 2014 at 11:25 am

Hi there, would buckwheat flour or brown rice flour work as well?

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Adrianna Adarme January 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

Hmm…they should work. Though I’m pretty sure buckwheat tends to be drier than garbanzo flour and brown rice flour tends to be softer, SO I’d say that they should work – but you may have to play around with the consistency of the dough by adding more of the wet ingredients if it seems sort of dry and crumbly. Let me know how it goes!

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Kelsey @aslolife January 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I have to make these for my brother’s dog, he would love them!

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Tv Food and Drink January 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Lucky puppy. Lucky owner. I’d eat one of those treats. – Gary

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Robin G January 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Puppies are insane!! My puppy is 13 months now, and he still drives me crazy sometimes! Herding dogs are a whole other realm, because they have the drive to work. Since you have a little herding dog, you might look into an urban herding class for when she gets a little older! She’d probably love it!

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Adrianna January 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

WOW! I never knew there were urban herding classes. That is so awesome. I totally would enroll her for that. She has herding tendencies already. :)

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Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up January 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm

OMG this is the cutest thing EVER. I have a pup who should be on a grain free diet so this is perfect. Give it a little and those puppy terrors will go away (mostly). The just become cute 24/7. Seriously… she is adorable. Can’t get over it!

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a farmer in the dell January 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

my dog is going to get spoiled this weekend! thanks for the recipe!

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 13, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Amelia!! SO adorable!

I am very interested in hearing more about your childhood dog’s diet and how you started him on a raw diet and what he eats.

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) January 14, 2013 at 6:33 am

She is so adorable! Unfortunately, I don’t have an adorable puppy to make these for, but I love them all the same :)

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Dana January 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Ever since we found out that Trooper the Wonder Puppy was going to stay with us forever, I’ve been thinking about making him treats. Most of the recipes I’ve seen though have been wheat based, and he’s a grain free dog too. I’m definitely going to be making these!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats January 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I’m a lurker and never commented before, but I just gotta say that OMG YOUR PUPPY IS SO CUTE!!!!!! I bet she totally loved these treats. I should look into making some homemade cat treats for my kitty- hopefully they don’t need to be made out of tuna.

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Troy January 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Several vets tell me that common chocolate like a snicker or m&ms are not deadly to a dog. They’d have to eat half their body weight in the candies.however.
Bakers chocolate. Many high cocoa candy bars and several baking chocolates with higher cocoa content ARE DANGEROUS TO ANIMALS.
Don’t worry if pooch eats half a snickers. You’re ok.
But if he eats brownies that are made with a bakers cocoa or a bakers chocolate, then run to the emergency vet. Right away.

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Pocket Pittie in the City January 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

Oh my gawwwd. I just found your site and I am so in love with Amelia!!! Baby corgis are adorrrrrable!!!! Thanks for the recipe, I’m excited to try it this weekend.

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Jocelyn January 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I just want to say that I got a puppy 8 months ago and the peeing thing DOES get better. I maybe cried once while cleaning up a mess 5 MONTH IN, but then one day the potty training just clicked and BAM never another mess. Happiest day ever.

Before I loved my pup a crazy amount but was always stressed while he was walking around or playing with me that in lightening speed there would be a puddle on the floor. Now that I don’t worry about these things I love him just the same (still a crazy maniac amount) but stress way less.

God bless my little Stanley. How I love you for learning to hold it in!

PS- don’t worry, it wont take you 5 months. We just moved after having him almost potty trained and I guess that makes all training void and you have to start over.

Good thing they have those puppy dog eyes.

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Sophie January 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm

ohhh this is too much for me!! –the cuteness! especially the photo of her up on the table checking things out :) Amelia Bedelia… greaaaat books, and a wonderful puppy name! i grew up with Corgis… your lil’ gal is stealing my heart! i’m sure she can be a turd when she wants, though 😉

our dog is grain-free too and i’m so glad! recently, we bought an emergency bag of supermarket food because the pet store was already closed for the night…. the toll the grain took on his digestive system was out. of. control! we threw the rest away immediately! Wallace (our mini doxie)’s favorite thing in the WORLD is peanut butter, so I am definitely going to make these for him :) thank you!

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Christine January 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Amelia is so adorable and photogenic despite your shoes. :( Thanks for the recipe, I’ve been wanting to make some treats for my little Blue, a rescue Pembroke. He loves oranges, clementines, carrots and apples (all in small doses of course). The pound I found him at guessed he was 3. I’m lucky because he’s house, crate (I use a dog pillow vs. crate) and shoe trained. :) Like Amelia, he loves empty water bottles and toilet paper cores for toys. The best store bought toy I purchased is a long unstuffed fox that he carries about like a baby, it’s hysterical. And it’s true, after a bit they do settle into your sleep schedule. Of course a puppy sleeping on the bed with you could be another story 😉

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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

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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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Tammy August 2, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Our Dolly turns 8 next week so I decided to bake her some grain-free treats. I used almond flour instead of garbanzo bean flour and I used the food processor to mix it all together. Then instead of rolling it out and cutting into cute doggie bone shapes, I used a decorating bag and tip and just squeezed out a few dozen round bite-size morsels. They’re about the size of a nickel. Perfect for bite-size treats for our spoiled puppy. They actually taste pretty good too. My hubby and I both tasted them and thought they weren’t too bad for a sugar-free cookie of sorts. We’ll probably save the rest for the dog but the house sure smells like baking banana nut bread now. I love this easy grain-free recipe and will definitely use it again.

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Adrianna Adarme August 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

YAYY! Love your adaptations. So glad Dolly love them. Happy Birthday, Dolly!

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Amanda August 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

I’m planning on getting a puppy end of next month. :) What’s the
best way to store these and how long do they keep? Thanks!

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Adrianna Adarme August 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

They keep in an airtight container for up to a month. They might get a little stale and hard but dogs really have no idea. Haha. Have fun with your puppy!! So exciting!!

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Wendy Earwood August 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I’ve made these twice and this is my new one and only recipe. Even my picky dog loves them! I didn’t have a banana so I used unsweetened applesauce. Today when I made them I used a small scoop. I think it’s a 1 teaspoon scoop. It works perfect and all the treats are the same size. No rolling out was a nice change. I then pressed them down a little before baking. I have happy dogs now! Thank you!

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Adrianna Adarme August 18, 2014 at 8:19 pm

YAY! Love hearing this type of feedback. So glad they enjoyed them and love your substitutions. This recipe is very forgiving!

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Denise March 31, 2015 at 8:23 am

Thanks so much for this recipe. I have been making my dogs snacks for a couple of years now (have been using wheat or white flour and oatmeal) but I’ve been looking for a grain free alternative. I have 7 dogs, so buying the flour is to expensive for all the snacks I make. I found out that garbanzo flour is made from chickpeas and you can grind them into garbanzo flour by using a blender, so I’m going to try it. You can also substitute in oatmeal to help with flea bite irritations. Oatmeal will soothe the skin. If your dog has dry skin or dull fur, tuna with oil can be a good substitute for the banana or substitute 1 tbs. flax seed and 3 tbs. of water instead of an egg. Flax seed high in omega 3 oils. Thanks for this recipe I’m so excited to start making treats. Do you know if silicone molds will work instead of using a cookie cutter? I have bone and paw shaped silicone molds I’m going to try.

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Adrianna Adarme March 31, 2015 at 9:32 am

Yes it could work. You could probably press the dough into the mold!

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Lois August 22, 2014 at 7:01 am

Where do I buy garbanzo bean flour?

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Adrianna Adarme August 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Whole Foods or through the link in the post.

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Michele Fechtmeyer August 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I like the idea of making my own treats. Not only are they less expensive but you control the ingredients. I might also try pumpkin in place of banana.

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Marsha February 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

Is pumpkin okay to give to dogs? Somewhere there is a list of what not to give to dogs.

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Adrianna Adarme February 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

Yes! My vet told me it was totally fine but you should ask yours to be safe!

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Cady Shepard April 5, 2015 at 1:03 am

Pumpkin and Sweet potato are totally safe for dogs. My vets have always recommended these to help our Seniors with constipation issues. In the amounts you use in these treats, it’s safe. But if you are going to add either of these foods directly to their food, which I do, only use very small amounts, 1 teaspoon for every 10 # of the dog’s weight to his/her food or they could get the ‘runs’. You can increase it gradually as their tolerance increases. They are high in fiber and sooo good for their overall health. Coconut oil is also great for every aspect of the dog’s heath…but again..1 tsp for 10#.

Bob’s Red Mill makes garbanzo bean flour at a very reasonable price. I asked my grocery store to order it for me, as they already carry a lot of that brand, and they did. :) I haven’t made dog treats for a few years but I’m doing it again because I want to KNOW what’s in their food, they have dietary/age issue AND because I found this wonderful recipe! Thank you!

I love the idea of the little silicone molds. I have tons of little doggie cookie cutters but I think soft treats from silicone molds would be so much better for their Senior teeth. Don’t you?

Thanks again to all of you who responded with such great feedback. :)

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Sonya September 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Your corgi is absolutely adorable!! I grew up with them, they’re super smart. I had one that would headbutt the table until the drink fell off so she could drink it. I think part demon must be a corgi trait!

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Shawn October 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

This is an awesome sight will definitely be using it a lot. Thank you

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WANDA October 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED A CORGI. YOURS IS SO CUTE.
THANK YOU FOR THE RECIPE. I MAKE THE FOOD FOR MY DOGS.
NOW I CAN BAKE FOR THEM

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Adrianna Adarme October 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

HAHA! Thank you!

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Maggie October 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Doodle loves these! I couldn’t find garbanzo bean flour at my local store so I used 1 1/2 cups of brown rice flour and 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds instead.

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Michele Fchtmeyer November 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

You pup is adorable. I have shared her picture with friends at the dog park. This is my third batch (actually making a double and trying the applesauce with one). Don’t want to run out. My dog Riley loves these and after going out in the morning runs to her cookie jar. I took a batch to our dog park Halloween party and all the dogs loved them too. I have shared this recpe with many. Thanks again.

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Adrianna Adarme November 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Oh man, this makes me so happy. Thanks for sharing!

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lynda November 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

thank you for sharing – looking forward to trying these out on my 2 old dudes soon!

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Adrianna Adarme November 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Aww hope your 2 dudes love them!

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Tricia November 7, 2014 at 6:55 am

Every month I make this receipt for my oblong corgi sheltie and his pup friends! And I’m finally getting around to thanking you for such a great recipe! So thanks! I’m pretty sure these treats have contributed to Cody putting on some corgi plump.

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Adrianna Adarme November 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Awww yay! This makes me so happy. So glad!

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Alice November 11, 2014 at 6:07 am

What would you suggest using in place of the peanut butter? My dogs are allergic to peanut butter and unfortunately to all other nut butters. Thank you!

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Adrianna Adarme November 11, 2014 at 8:21 am

Hi Alice, Hmm…I’m not sure; I haven’t tested it with a substitute. Maybe apple sauce might work?

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Ava December 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

Organic pumpkin puree is a great alternative and very good for dogs. Just make sure it’s 100% pure pumpkin (not the pie filling).

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pattihaby November 29, 2014 at 6:11 am

Today I’m making my second batch…Sammy Loves These.
He’s allergic to the colors in regular dog treats and food, hence that is why I went hunting for a healthy treat recipe…
This time, a double batch !
Thanks a Bunch

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Adrianna Adarme November 29, 2014 at 6:20 am

Aww. Love this! HI SAMMY!!

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sally March 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm

This is a nice recipe, but oats are a grain. This recipe is not really grain-free.

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Adrianna Adarme March 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm

That’s why it specifically says it’s optional.

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Meghan December 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

My dog loves these cookies but I have to say, I don’t know how you were able to roll them out. The dough was soooo sticky it stuck to everything–fingers… floured wax paper…everything! I even tried putting it in the fridge for a while, but nothing helped. In the end, I used two spoons to scoop and scrape little blops onto the cookie sheet. They apparently taste good, but they are not the cute little bone shaped cutouts that I had hoped for. I did omit the oats…when you do this, do you add more garbanzo flour?

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Adrianna Adarme December 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Ahhh sorry this gave you troubles. Yes, you can just add more flour until it comes together and no longer becomes sticky.

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Marcellina July 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Hi!

Is the treat going to be crumbly? I want to make it crumble-free so it wont make a mess. I know tapioca flour would work great!

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Adrianna Adarme July 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Nope not crumbly. And I highly encourage you NOT to use tapioca flour with these ratios.

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Peggy December 17, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Hi Adrianna, Thank you for all the great advise. Our fur babies are our children and give us the same medical or otherwise delicate issues and they depend on us to take good care of them. Going to the vet and paying hundreds per visit is just not in our budget, so we love to have alternative medicine for our babies also.
I purchased Spelt flour for another dog treat recipe from another site and was wondering if I could possibly use it in your recipe?
Thanks and hope you and yours are having a very Merry Christmas!
Peggy L.

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Scottimum December 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I have used it a few times for my grain free scotties and they love them. I do experiment a bit too, today’s christmas cookie treats used a small zucinni and half can plain pumpkin in blender with egg…added about three tablespoons of braunsweiger liver spread, a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil, and the garbazo flour, with just a dash of organic sea salt. I make “drop cookies” and pat them flat with a bit of the grated parmsian cheese on my fingertips too. would imagine could do this without the liver, just adding some of the dried parm cheese as the flavor.

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Adrianna Adarme December 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Oh that’s awesome!

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Louie and Mario December 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Hi, thanks for the recipe. Is there any other type of flour you could use as a substitute of garbazo flour? Would coconut or almond flour work?

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Adrianna Adarme December 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I actually haven’t tried it with another flour. Some people have tried it with coconut flour and they had to play with the consistency a bit. This recipe is VERY flimsy so feel free to use coconut flour, you might just need to add a splash of water or add a bit more flour.

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Roz January 9, 2015 at 8:05 am

I can’t wait to make these for my furbabies! I just made some grain free peanut butter bites for them, so I will make these next.
Thank you for posting this!

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Kathy Jo Shab Padley January 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Try adding pureed or shredded beats, acorn squash or carrots.
You can use oat flour, or rice flour, coconut flour…just don’t use nut flour espesially almond or brazil nut, they can make them sick.
I have been glutin free for over a year. I make pancakes and waffles that the dogs love.
Love pampering the babies!!!

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Kelly March 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm

What a wonderful recipe. I have a Yorkie that can’t eat grain foods, plus can only eat turkey and chicken grain free foods. When I made this recipe I took the dough and laid it on a cookie sheet. I smoothed it out to about 1/8″ then scored it with a pizza cutter so all I had to do was break them apart. I made them about 1″x1″ squares. The recipe made about 70 pieces. Charlie loves them. Thanks for the recipe.

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Adrianna Adarme March 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Awww yay! Glad Charlie loved them!

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ann stoymenoff March 20, 2015 at 11:29 am

These treats look and sound so good for our poochies! My beloved Golden Retriever, has such severe food allergies, however, (which includes dairy, eggs, peanut butter) I am unable to try these for him :(
Your Corgi is adorable, by the way!

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Ela April 11, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Hello
I have one question (to anyone) HOW do you get that dough OFF the …spoon, finger or any other tool?!
It sticks to anything like “you know what to a blanket”! (LOL…Sorry).
I ended up dipping back of the spoon in water each time just to get it off the spoon.
The end result were great cookies but a little soft in the middle the next day.
I don’t know if the little bit of water had something to with it? They did baked really nice.
Our 4-legged- Love really likes them.
Any thoughts anyone? Please?
Thank you. I would appreciate some insight :-)

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Bernie July 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Hi Ella,
There are a lot of comments here to read, but I’m determined to read them all cause I’m picking up a lot of good, helpful info. In one comment the lady had the problem of the dough being too sticky and couldn’t get it off anything. Adrianna suggested she add more flour to dry the dough up a little. Also, I think, since the banana, peanut butter oil and the egg are the moisture, when you make them again, you could also start with a smaller banana and/or a smaller egg, for instance. Hope this helps.

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Sue Hawley May 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Hi.
I have an old rescue dog. I think he’s the best dog in the world. He has come to us with alot of skin irritations and my friends have recommended a wheat gluten free diet to help this. Can you recommend a good make of food? I can use oats in this treat can’t I or not. He gets treated quite regularly by us mainly because we are trying to train him into some new ways but also because he’s had a miserable life for 10yrs and now we think he deserves treating. Because of this I now want to try making treats for him instead of buying them. Any more recipes.

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Adrianna Adarme May 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Hi Sue, You should definitely try this recipe and see if it helps. There are many grain-free dog food brands out there. I personally don’t give my dog traditional food (I give her a few raw eggs, frozen fruit and a scoop of peanut butter). A lot of people believe in a raw diet for dogs. Personally I can’t give you any real advice since I’m not a vet but I do suggest you do some research. Hope this recipe helps. Thanks for giving your guy a good life! xo

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sharon June 5, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Where do you buy the flour? Also, what vitamins do you put in your raw diet, and could you give me the recipe? thanks very much

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Adrianna Adarme June 5, 2015 at 11:26 pm

I buy the flour at Whole Foods. And you can find it via the link in the post. I don’t really make her food, it’s just a combination of raw eggs, raw fruit and vegetables!

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sandra June 18, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Hi, want to try these for my puppy, at what age can he have them (he is 12 weeks), and how long will they keep? thanks

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Adrianna Adarme June 21, 2015 at 9:34 pm

This is a question for the puppy’s vet. I gave my dog these at 12 weeks. And they should keep for 2 to 3 weeks when kept in an air-tight container.

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Shay Wilson June 19, 2015 at 12:43 am

I was so excited this came up when I googled grain free pup treats for my senior German Shepherd. He is allergic to so many things- it’s been a battle.
I’m actually looking for a recipe to ‘sneak’ his glusclosmine meds into. (Liquid form)
Am I missing something…aren’t peanut butter & oats a grain?
Possibly I googled it wrong. I’ve been using straight peanut butter for the last 2 days to put his medicine into since he’ll no longer eat his food w/ it on top. But then I read it’s a grain…. I’m paying big bucks for his grain free dog food. lol
Thanks for any response

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Adrianna Adarme June 21, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Oats in this recipe are optional (I just added them for texture). Peanuts aren’t a grain, they’re a legume.

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Laurel Hart June 24, 2015 at 8:16 am

Thanks for your recipe, and I loved the pictures of your puppy. I have a dachshund Freddy who is going to be 14 in September. A year or so ago I took him off all grains, just because he was getting fat and oh so gassy. I also shared everything I ate with him which didn’t help. Now he has a figure again, the vets think he is in great shape. Recently he had surgery on his foot for some kind of growth on his hock, not cancer, but Hormonal? Today he is having another operation for an Aural hematoma, or blood clot in his floppy ear. But we are talking about treats here, not injuries…I have been making dog treats for Freddy for a couple years now, the main flavor ingredients are Sweet potatoes and apples. The flours are garbanzo bean flour, Rice flour and Oatmeal flour, it’s a grain, I know. I also put in Brewers yeast (people tablets dissolved) chicken broth, regular yeast, dry milk, parsley (good for smelly dogs) and garlic both good to keep fleas away. I make huge batches, use my kitchen aid mixer. I put in enough flour to be able to knead a little, then roll pieces into snakes about as big around as a quarter or less, cut off hunks with my kitchen shears, put them on the cookie sheets close together but not touching (they don’t rise) then I squash them down with the flat bottom of a small juice glass. I used to use doggie cookie cutters, but Freddy said he didn’t care so with the amount that I make I looked for an easier way.I do 4 cookie sheets at a time. When they are all baked but still hot, I put them back into the hot oven. Turn off the oven and leave them overnight (minus a few that Freddy has because he knows what I have been doing). They have been a hit with all the local dogs and my granddogs, and all the ingredients are from my kitchen. I have had a lot of humans try them, and they all said “not bad” if they weren’t so hard, they’d have more. I’ll be glad to share the recipe, let me know,I just have to write it out.

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Adrianna Adarme June 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Sure, please leave the recipe below! Say hi to Freddy!

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Kathy July 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Hi there! I have been making these cookies for over a year now and love how they turn out – I make them for friends’ dogs for gifts too! Recently one of my dogs has developed acid reflux and we have been eliminating anything that can possibly be causing her issues – I have read that beans are not the best in a dog’s diet and was wondering if that applies to garbanzo bean flour as well? I just made a batch of the cookies with coconut flour but the dough turned out very dry and crumbly.

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Adrianna Adarme July 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm

I have a feeling it probably does since garbanzo flour is just ground-up beans. I wonder if you added an additional egg or a few scoops of apple sauce, if it’d help bind the cookies? I think coconut flour is super dry and needs a bit more moisture.

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Kathy July 27, 2015 at 8:09 am

Thanks, Adrianna; good idea. I am assuming coconut flour will be okay for her as I haven’t found anything that says it causes reflux. I’ve also read some comments from people that say some grains help their dog’s reflux (so I could use regular flour), but many animal wellness sites say no grain – it’s all so confusing!!

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