Homemade dog biscuits. Well, that’s a first. As it turns out, these gluten-free peanut butter dog treats aren’t the only firsts.
Welcome to the first blog post of 2022? Wait, what? Make that the first blog post since 2020?? I still find myself asking what happened to the years 2020 and 2021, but if you are here and over the age of two, you know exactly what happened to all the daysssss, plural.
Well, I’m still here. And while I’ve written in the last couple of years, I guess it hasn’t been out loud. Have a story or two to tell? We all do. So much has happened while we’ve all been tucked away.
This leads me to the next first.
Meet Birdie, our adorable Mini Bernedoodle and first-ever pet! And when I say first pet, I mean not a single one, not even a goldfish. I was the no-nope-nah-never mom, I guess?
Until I wasn’t anymore.
Hey kids, what once was true doesn’t always remain true. Remember this. And sometimes, clarity comes in the suckiest of times (like smack dab in the middle of a literal showdown).
The day we came to meet and take Birdie home, she stopped moving and literally looked up at us while all her siblings climbed over one another to play. Whatever, right?
After getting a pandemic puppy, my friend Jen said it best, “Were all my reasons for NOT getting a pet valid? 100% yes, we weren’t wrong. Would I do it again? 100%.”
Puppies and pets pretty much embody the both/and.
- Birdie loves us to pieces AND dislikes us when we leave. Like she actually pouts and stares at a wall until we come home. (At least that is what our occasional puppy cam set-up on Evie’s iPad shows!)
- She snuggles a lot AND also needs her space a few times each day.
- She’s one moment predictable + easygoing, AND the very next unpredictable + shocking, at least to me, the beginner pet owner. Like when she eats rabbit poop like candy, chews my glasses and always our favorite clothing item, or rejects her favorite food for no apparent reason? As if a chef lives here and makes her meals to order! AS IF. (Oh, Heather, what have you done?)
Above all, Birdie is the best thing to come out of these odd years, and we can’t believe there was a pre-puppy part of our lives without this little snickerdoodle love-attacking us every morning and following us around the house.
Did you hear me say snickerdoodle? Fluff muffin? Queen of the Sweeties? Who am I even?
Do you know what else Birdie loves?
These gluten-free peanut butter dog treats, a.k.a. Birdie’s biscuits.
Are the ingredients in these gluten-free peanut butter treats dog-safe?
YES! Beyond being GF for our gluten-free kitchen life here, they contain the fan-favorite ingredient of furry pups everywhere (hello, peanut butter). Here are the dog-safe ingredients I used:
- 0at flour, sorghum flour, chickpea flour, or any combination of these I’ve used and checked out to be dog-safe. You could search for other grain or grain-free flours in the pantry for safety, and I’m guessing the substitution will work great in this forgiving recipe.
- Applesauce – dog-safe with no sugar added!
- Peanut butter – must be xylitol-free!
- Dog-safe broth or water – we sometimes make homemade chicken broth without the onions, garlic, and bay leaf and freeze portions for dog recipes or as a food topper for Birdie. However, water works just fine in this recipe.
- Eggs – Birdie LOVES cooked eggs! They are nutritious with protein, fatty acids, and vitamins and, as a result, will support your dog’s digestion and skin.
These treats are super easy to whip together. Because there are no fillers or preservatives, they also don’t have a long shelf life. Therefore, we make a batch and either give some away, keep in the fridge for up to a week or so, or pop them in the freezer to take out week-size servings.
The minis are the perfect training treats and incentives to make the Bernedoodle grooming sessions a good time for everyone. If you’ve tried brushing the teeth or fur of a four-legged creature, you will understand what a good time isn’t.
Here’s the recipe for you and yours!
Gluten-free Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 1 2/3 cup oat flour, chickpea flour and sorghum flour. I use all 3, but any combo works!
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup dog-safe broth or water
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to 350° and lay parchment paper on two cookie sheets.
- Dump all ingredients into a mixer and mix until moist and coming together. If it's too crumbly, add a teaspoon of water at a time to make sure the dough comes together but is not too wet or sticky to roll. Add a tablespoon of flour to the mix if it's too wet.
- Sprinkle flour on the working surface or board, remove dough from the mixer, and form into a ball with your hands.
- If cutting out treats with a cookie cutter, roll dough with a rolling pin until dough is about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter and a spatula or dough scraper. Place dough cut-outs on prepared parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Scoop up the leftover dough, form it into a ball, and re-roll until all dough is cut into cookies.
- If you want to make small round cookies, scoop out the desired dough, and roll the dough in your hands to form a ball. Place the ball on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and press down gently with a fork to flatten the ball to a 1/4 inch thick round. Continue until all dough is formed into cookies and placed with a little bit of space on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly brown and firm to the touch. If all treats are the mini-size, check at the 10-minute mark. If you make larger or thicker cookies, continue to bake until lightly browned.