Wheat Free Dog Cookies

Many people are turning to wheat free or gluten free as a way of life and not only for themselves, but for their pets too. There is research that indicates that gluten may not be any easier for your dog to digest than it is for you, and may in fact be harmful. Many dogs have allergies to wheat.

People shaped dog cookies!

People shaped dog cookies!

Wheat or gluten free specialty pet food is available and dog biscuits are out there also, but they can be pretty expensive. These are easy – even fun – to make, and cost a whole lot less than the GF doggie treats available at your specialty pet store!

In addition, these are vegetarian. Vegetarian? <you say> why in the heck would you give dogs vegetarian dog treats? Well, I do not want to enter the great debate on the best way to feed your pets, so I will just say that many loving and caring people do feed their happy and apparently healthy dogs vegetarian diets. In addition, I have a good dog friend who has protein allergies and can’t eat most types of meat contained in commercial dog treats. That’s why I developed this recipe. ‘Nuff said.

Wheat free, Vegetarian Dog Treats

  • 1 medium yam, sweet potato or 3 medium carrots (note carrots take longer)
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup cooking liquid from yam
  • 1 Cup Rice flour (brown or white)
  • 1 Cup Oat flour (use gluten free oats for gluten free dog treats)
    (note: you can make oat flour by blending rolled oats in a blender or food processor.)
  • 2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder

Cut yam, sweet potato or carrots into 1/2 inch pieces. Simmer in a small pan, in enough water to cover, until soft. Reserve cooking liquid and set aside. In large bowl, mash the yam. Add 1/2 C liquid back to the yam with the peanut butter. Mix the Baking powder together with the flour. Add to the Yam mixture mixing thoroughly.

It should all come together in a dough, pliable but not sticky. If too sticky to roll out, add more flour, if too dry, add more liquid – just a bit at a time – and work together with your hands until it is the right texture to roll out. A good texture is like slightly dry cookie dough.

Roll out on a lightly flour dusted surface. about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into small shapes with a cookie cutter, (bone and people shapes are fun). Place on cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes +/- or until medium golden brown. (The larger the cookie the longer the time.) Cookies will crisp up as they cool. Makes about 4 dozen small dog treats.

Notes: Small cookies are good because it is easier to make sure they are cooked through. Since the dog treats have no preservatives,  it is important to make sure the cookies are crisp and dry so as to not get moldy later. If it will take some time for your dog(s) to eat all these up it is a good idea to freeze any that will not be eaten within a reasonably short time.

On making the treats with meat broth. You can make these non-vegetarian by using meat broth as the cooking and moistening liquid. However, most commercial brands of broth, or stock, have onion, or onion powder in them, which may be toxic to dogs. They also are usually high in sodium. If you choose to use meat broth, it is probably best that you use home-made broth that does not contain onion or added salt.

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  1. Seriously, fabulous idea! i think I’ll make these for my parents’ dog. But, oddly enough, I’m afraid I might end up eating a few. Something about sweet potato + peanut butter that is compelling…Hmm…

  2. CinnamonQuill – I have eaten a few of these myself. :) Seems to me that people would want to give their dog a dog cookie that humans can eat – though If they were strictly for people, I would up the PB and add a little molasses and a pinch of salt, but they are tasty as is!

  3. Judy, This is a great recipe and website! I would love to introduce some of your favorite recipes to my customers. Allergiesandme.com is an online store dedicated to providing products and resources to people battling food allergies, food intolerances and those with other special dietary needs.
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  4. THANK YOU for posting this. I have quite a bit of clients that have dogs with food allergies.. more specifically wheat allergies. The so called “organic and wheat free” treats out there are extremely expensive. I made these over the weekend and was really happy with them.. and of course my dogs were also. Thank you for posting.

    Elite Dog Academy

  5. andysmom says:

    I make these for our maltese, if fact, it is the only treats I will give him. He is very sensitive to wheat and corn and it is almost impossible to find store treats without these ingredients. Also I found a great website called The Cookie Cutter Shop and purchased a small bone and a puppy paw…very cute. I do keep them in the freezer and just take out some at a time in order to keep them fresh. I might add that our granddaughter loves them!!!

  6. andysmom says:

    Just made a new batch and I think my Maltese Andy knew because he could not stay out from under foot. I think this time I will make a batch for my brothers two dogs since I will be taking care of them for a week. They are delicious and everytime I make a new batch my granddaughters have a little bone right out of the oven!!!:)

  7. I made these for my furry babies and the human children got into them and ate a bunch. They liked them :)

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