Dogs are always ready for dinner, so feel good about what you feed man’s best friend. Dinner for Dogs (The Experiment, 2012) allows you to do just that. Author and devoted dog lover Henrietta Morrison dishes out 50 tasty, nutritious and easy-to-make recipes to ensure our dogs eat the same quality of food as we do throughout their lives. The following excerpt from “Tasty Treats” is for oatmeal dog cookies, a gluten-free dog treat recipe.
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I love cookie recipes that have no wheat flour. Oats are low GI and a very good source of soluble protein and fiber for your dog. Oat flour is made from ground oats and is a popular gluten-free option. This is one of the recipes that Lily has to fight me for! These cookies are a very healthy treat and a particularly good way to give your dog some added fiber. They are ideal as a midmorning snack.
Oatmeal Dog Cookies Recipe
• Vegetable oil for greasing
• 2-1/4 cups (250 g) oat flour
• 1-1/4 tablespoons oil or fat, such as chicken fat or beef drippings
• 1/4 cup (50 ml) boiling water (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
2. Place the oat flour in a bowl and make a well in the center to pour the liquid into.
3. Put the oil into the well, or if you are using a hard fat, such as chicken, spoon it into the bowl and pour the boiling water over the fat to melt it. Stir with a knife or spoon and it will quickly form a dough.
4. Lightly dust a clean work surface with some of the remaining oat flour and turn the dough out onto it. You can either roll out the dough to around 1⁄2-inch (1 cm) thickness or just flatten it into shape with your hands.
5. Cut the dough into small pieces or use a small cookie cutter to cut it into discs. Place the discs on the cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes.
6. These cookies will keep for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
Per 4 ounces (100 g):
Mix one of the following into the oat flour before adding the oil or fat:
• 1-1/4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
• 1-1/4 tablespoons grated Cheddar or other hard cheese
• 1 rounded teaspoon blackstrap molasses
• 1 rounded teaspoon finely chopped dried apples
Want more healthy treat options for your furry friend? Read Healthy Homemade Dog Treats for more recipes.
Excerpt from Dinner For Dogs: 50 Home-Cooked Recipes for a Happy, Healthy Dog, copyright © Henrietta Morrison, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. Purchase this book from our store: Dinner for Dogs.