Snickerdoodles are my boyfriend’s world’s favorite cookie and my dog thinks it’s unfair that he gets to eat them all. The only solution to this snickerdoodle injustice was to make a dog-friendly healthy version of the classic cookie for him to enjoy like his daddy!
Surprisingly, dog treats are extremely simple to make at home and also healthy for your dog. You can tailor the recipe towards your dog’s diet for any special diets or preferences. The most popular add-in ingredients for dogs are pumpkin, sweet potatoes and apples so don’t hesitate to throw any or all of those in in a puree form. The brown rice flour used in the doggy-doodles gives them their crunch, doesn’t contain gluten, is hypo-allergenic and aids in doggy digestion. Brown rice flour is also high in protein and vitamin B…as well as fiber and selenium which helps prevent cancer! A few key benefits of other popular homemade dog treat ingredients are as follows:
Pumpkin – Pumpkin has been known to improve digestion, urinary health and even assist in weight loss for pets. It’s high in Vitamin A, potassium and fiber and can help keep your dog’s immune system strong as well as remedy upset stomachs, constipation and diarrhea.
Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are as healthy for your dog as they are for you! They are packed with antioxidants that aid in cancer prevention, healing and anti-aging effects. They’re high in fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, beta carotene, manganese, copper and iron…a true superfood!
Apples – Apples contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A and plenty of fiber. They will make your dog’s coat shine with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, not to mention they are a naturally delicious sweet treat.
Natural Peanut Butter – Natural Peanut Butter contains Vitamin E, niacin, phosphorous, magnesium and fiber. It contains protein, carbohydrates and omega fatty acids that can even reduce bad cholesterol in dogs. Peanut butter is Harley’s all-time favorite…one lick from a spoon and he’s drooling for days.
Whole Grain Oats – Beta-glucans in whole grain oats can improve cholesterol which reduces risk of heart disease. They also contain a high level of fiber, protein, magnesium, iron, zinc, Vitamin B and selenium. Oats can assist in controlling blood sugar levels which is beneficial for any dog with diabetes.
Harley and I made these doggy-doodle treat packages to send to his buddies with a note saying “I made you these dog-friendly treats because I miss you and hope you can come play with me soon. I promise I won’t growl or attack you. Love, Harley”. They’re too tasty to not to share!
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 2 cups oat flour
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2½ tsp cinnamon
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- dash of salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix the brown rice flour, oat flour, eggs, water, honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
- Roll dough into small balls about 1 inch in diameter.
- Place on a foil-lined baking sheet, pressing slightly on each ball as you place it.
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.