I came across this great article and Sandy was nice enough to let me share it with you all. For those of you who have a dog with a Gluten allergies this is a must read and the recipe I made was a hit with my guys!
There are also links to other articles she’s written about gluten-free cooking or you dogs so don’t forget to check those out too.
Gluten-Free Doggie Treat Recipes That Are Truly Gluten-Free
by Sandy McCollum
Do you give your pet homemade dog food? Does your dog have an allergy to gluten? Nothing is more annoying than doing a search for gluten free dog food recipes and finding site after site with misinformation. Could it be that so many writers aren’t aware of all the foods that can either contain or make gluten when mixed with another ingredient? If an animal is really sensitive, those recipes will not do it any good. If not the owner of the pet, then who else has responsibility to make certain the animal only gets food it can thrive on?
It can be a long, slow period of suffering for an allergic pet. Many times an animal goes through months or even years suffering while the owner and doctor try to discern and treat the cause of an allergy and its symptoms. It takes time, but it is not hard to make sure that all that can be done, is being done.
When searching for gluten-free dog food or treat recipes, read the recipe through and make certain there’s no gluten. To do this, all the foods that contain or produce gluten must be known. Also, the searcher must decide on those recipes that have the fewest ingredients, or, the fewest potential allergens.
Dogs love people food! Dog food is made from people food, but if it comes off the stove or off a plate, they love it even more. A truly gluten-free recipe for people can be fed to an allergic pet. Just watch calorie intake and amount of carbs/level of activity. Pets, too, can get fat and that isn’t good for their health, either.
Here’s a recipe for truly gluten-free dog treats
1 cup gluten-free oats
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 can (or equal amount) of chicken broth
1 cup instant potato flakes (the 100% real potatoes with no other ingredients kind)
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup powdered milk
1.) In large bowl mix oats, oil and milk.
2.) Add chicken broth and mix again.
3.) Let it sit for five minutes (so the oats can soak up some liquid) and then add the potatoes and egg. Mix it all together.
4.) Roll with rolling pin to a thickness of ¼ inch.
5.) Cut into bars, squares or use a cookie cutter.
6.) Bake at 250(f) for 90 minutes, or until completely dried and crunchy..
Here’s one more easy gluten-free dog treat recipe:
½ cup instant potatoes (the 100% real potatoes kind)
1 tsp. grated ginger
½ tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. molasses
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 beaten egg.
If the animal has allergies to eggs, this recipe can be made without it, as the potatoes bind things together in the same way.
1.) Mix all wet ingredients.
2.) Mix all dry ingredients.
3.) Mix it all together.
4.) Knead the dough until well blended.
5.) Roll out to ¼ inch thick.
6.) Cut into bars, squares or use a cookie cutter.
7.) Bake at 300(f) for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and let the cookies sit in there until the oven is cool. They should be completely dried and crunchy.
Change it up, make some variety!
Add these ingredients to make them different, yet still nutritious:
½ cup of any kind of cheese can be added.
¼ cup of parsley adds a green flavor and tons of vitamin C.
½ cup grated vegetables of almost any kind except corn.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, beets with the greens, turnips, eggplant, etc.
Mix these into their food with meat.
½ cup pears, chopped
½ cup peaches, chopped
½ cup melon
Remember, never give a dog grapes or raisins, but they do love fruit, too.
Foods With Gluten – Beware
Here’s a list of foods known to have gluten and it may not be complete; there could be more. Gluten is in foods you don’t expect it to be in. Do your own research, don’t just trust something because it says gluten-free.
Wheat (including any kind of flour)
Barley (most all grains)
Oats (you can buy gluten-free oats)
Food starches (cornstarch, wheatstarch, etc.)
Roux-based soups (made with flour)
Roux-based gravy (made with any kind of flour)
Brown rice syrup
Some curry powders
Gluten is also used as a stabilizing agent in ketchups and some ice creams.
An allergic pet’s ability to thrive depends on your good sense. Be proactive and learn as much as you can. Good luck!