This is my first guest post! It is brought to you by my girlfriend KB since she takes the lead on baking in our house and is the best dog mom I know. When not baking, KB can be found working towards social justice, reading, doing yoga, wrapped in fleece, hiking, drinking citizen’s cider, buying more scarves, and snuggling me/Greta. So here’s my first guest post:
Our rescue Bernese Mountain Dog Greta (#InstaGreta for her internet followers) has had chronic ear infections for the last year or so. After treatment and ruling out other causes, we came to the conclusion that she may have food allergies. For dogs, this usually means a sensitivity to either poultry or grains. She is currently eating a “unique protein” food (Taste of the Wild’s Pacific Stream Salmon) and meat & grain-free treats. Of course, these restrictions mean the treats are only found in more speciality pet stores and run $6-10 a box. So I figured I should make my own!
This is a recipe of my own creation adapted from other blogs and websites. Making homemade treats is easy and I feel better knowing exactly what’s in Greta’s diet, especially with so many pet food recalls these days. You can and should play around with different ingredients and flours and adapt it to your own pup’s diet and taste.
For example, we have some powdered peanut butter in the pantry that neither Ben nor I are very fond of. I threw in a ½ cup of that in this recipe because Greta is a sucker for everything peanut butter. Just make sure to stay away from ingredients like grapeseed oil and nutmeg which are both harmful to pups.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (without spices, not pumpkin pie mix) OR 1 large sweet potato, cooked and mashed OR a little of both!
- ½ cup oil, I used canola oil but sunflower oil or coconut oil is even better
- 2 cups chickpea flour (Bob’s Red Mill is only about $3 for 1 lb or you can blend dry chickpeas in the food processor.)
- ½ cup Brown Rice Flour for rolling out dough and to keep the rolling pin from sticking
- Optional: ½ teaspoon cinnamon and turmeric- both are great for your pup’s digestion and are anti-inflammatory. That’s especially helpful if your dog has chronic ear infections like Greta.
- In a big bowl or stand mixer, combine the pumpkin/sweet potato and oil.
- Add the chickpea flour, ½ cup at a time until a dough forms
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle brown rice flour on your surface. I found rice flour to be more elastic and better for non-sticking than the chickpea flour. You could make the whole recipe with brown rice flour. But I found chickpea flour to be cheaper and more nutritious.
- Form the dough into a ball and roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is about ¼ inch thick. The dough may be sticky, so use more flour as needed.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out treats and place on baking sheets.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the edges are browned. Then turn off the oven and leave the grahams to dry out in the oven for about 40 additional minutes.
- Let cool and enjoy!