I am here chuckling to myself. Who makes gluten free dog treats, right?
But we do.
And not just cause it’s cool or what our crunchy friends are doing. We do it because our dog is allergic to many grains.
Before making this recipe I scoured many via Googling and Pinterest. After looking at a few recipes, which I saved to my doggy Pinterest board, I figured that as long as the dough ends up like a sugar cookie dough and baked until it’s dry, the treats should have the right texture and crunchiness. I also figured that putting things like peanut butter, cheese, broth, bacons, pumpkin puree and even pre-made baby food are also acceptable (for storage and health reasons).
After a bit of trial and error, I came up with this recipe:
2 cups rice flour
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
3/4 cup hot broth (I used lamb for mine but chicken or beef will do too)
- If you don’t have pre-made broth, dilute 1 bouillon cube to 3/4 cup of hot water, or, if you have leftover bones/chicken carcass, boil those.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, egg, peanut butter, cheese and broth. Knead until smooth.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the dough (don’t forget to flour the pin and area you’re rolling to prevent sticking) to about 1/4″. You can then cut to pieces or use a cookie cutter. Our treats were about 1.5″ diameter. Just the right size for a Lhasa or Cocker size dogs.
- Bake in a lightly greased pan at 350, 180 or gas mark 4 for 25 minutes or until dry (if your treats are bigger, go at least 30 minutes).
That’s it! It took minutes to mix using things that we have around the house and our dog, Max, LOVES the treats and I think it was his best Christmas present ever!
Oh, if you’re wondering how long the treats last stored in an airtight container, I’m not sure. It’s been 11 days since I made the treats and they still look and smell like how they were almost two weeks ago. I’ll update in a few days or weeks on the longevity of these treats.
The recipe above made about 48 little treats and I am sure it cost less than $2.
If you give this recipe a go, do share your results and whether or not your fur baby liked the treats 🙂
Ta ta for now!!