I’ve been wanting to make my own dog treats for a while, but always lacked some of the tools and ingredients. When I come up with an idea to make something I like to use whatever I have around the house, and that never really worked for dog treats. So, last week I finally made a trip to the store and picked up some Brown Rice Flour and Powdered Milk, the two major ingredients I was missing. I also borrowed a rolling pin since using an empty wine bottle (like I usually do) isn’t ideal.
Check out my step by step process below and give these a try yourself! It took a while since my cookie cutter was a little complex, but if you use a simpler shape, I think it would go faster. These would be great gifts for all your dog friends this holiday season!
Simple Gluten Free Dog Treat Recipe
I found this recipe on Pinterest.
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 teaspoon fresh (or dried) parsley (optional)
Preheat oven to 350º
In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, and parsley (if using). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.
Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.
I happened to have fresh parsley left over from my herb garden, but you could also use dried. It will help freshen your doggy’s breath! I also happened to have home made pumpkin puree from a pumpkin I had a few weeks ago, but you should definitely use canned. It is much easier! I found the brown rice flour and the powdered milk at Whole Foods, they weren’t very expensive at all.
I’ve been wanting to use this Lab shaped cookie cutter for ever, and this was the perfect excuse to bring it out.
Lucy and Lola both love them! They have slightly different approaches to getting treats though. Lucy likes to grab and run, while Lola gives you those sad puppy eyes so you give her anything she wants! Love this recipe and want to make more treats for your dog? Get my favorite pupcakes recipe! Peanut Butter frosting optional, but highly encouraged!