Anyone who knows me is is quite aware of my love and obsession for my pets. I have always adored animals and cannot remember a time when we didn't have pets in our home.
Since my children have moved out of our home, my dogs and cats have taken on a new importance to me and I thoroughly enjoy spoiling them. Making my dogs homemade treats is something I love to do for them. Besides the fact that they love all the treats, I know what is in them and feel good about the healthy ingredients. One of my dogs, Macey tends to get some skin irritations, especially in the winter. When I make grain-free or oatmeal biscuits, I notice that she feels better.
Macey and Maya waiting patiently for their treats.
The ingredients in the oatmeal and pumpkin dog treats:
- Low sugar/sodium peanut butter
- Organic pumpkin puree
- Coconut flour
- Flaxseed meal
- Coconut oil
Some substitutions you can make:
- Sunflower butter instead of peanut
- Brown Rice flour or whole wheat flour instead of oatmeal
- I have left out the flax meal when I didn't have any, but it is a healthy fat so I try to always have some on hand.
- Olive oil instead of coconut
If I am using oatmeal, I whirl it in the food processor first to grind into a finer texture. Then everything else is dumped in and blended until it comes together looking like a dough. It should not be too tacky to the touch; you could just add more flour if needed. If it seems too dry, add a bit more oil or water.
I make these biscuits every week so I have purchased dog bone silicone molds. But they can just be shaped however you'd like and I'm sure your dog won't care....
Healthy delicious treats your dog will love!
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup coconut flour
¼ - ½ cup flaxseed meal
½ cup coconut or olive oil
½ cup low sugar/low sodium peanut butter
¾ cup pure pumpkin puree
¼ cup water
In a food processor, blend oatmeal into a medium fine grain.
Pour in the rest of ingredients and blend to a dough consistency.
The dough should not feel tacky or stick to your fingers when touched. If so, add some flour to the dough, approximately 2 tablespoons or so.
If the dough feels very dry and crumbly, add a bit more oil and/or water.
Fill silicon molds with dough, pressing down on each. You can also shape the dough like a peanut butter cookie.
Bake in preheated 375° for approximately 40 minutes.
My dogs like the biscuits very crunchy ( but truthfully they would eat them raw). I turn the oven off and leave them in for another hour and let them cool down in the oven and the biscuits become very hard and crunchy.
**Since the biscuits don't have preservatives in them, I store only enough for a week's worth in a cookie jar and freeze the rest. They do not get soggy after defrosting.
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