Chels & Georgie’s Pooch Bakery!
I’d love to share one a recipe with your readers. This is an easy-to-make recipe with wholesome ingredients, no preservatives, and most importantly – LOVED by all of our four-legged friends!
Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Cookies
3 Cups Chickpea Flour (or any other wheat-free flour – rice flour works well)
2.5 Cups Hot Water
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Potato Starch (or Corn Starch)
.5 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
Preheat oven to 200˚F (dog treats last longer if they’re dehydrated and baked longer at lower heat). In a large mixing bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk peanut butter and hot water until blended. Pour wet ingredients into the center of the dry mixture, folding and stirring until it starts to thicken into dough. Continue to mix until you are able to knead dough with hands. If your mixture is too sticky or wet, try adding a bit more potato starch, which acts as a thickener. Once dough is ready, either roll out to ¼” thickness and cut into your favorite shapes with cookie cutters, or roll tablespoon-sized portions of dough between your hands and flatten them to make small cookies. Bake for 120 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Turn off oven and let treats cool inside oven overnight.
Why I Started Baking These Healthy, Wheat-Free Treats:
I have spent more than a year researching different canine diets, skin allergies, homeopathic remedies and benefits of raw and all-natural food diets for my senior dog. After switching my 15 year-old Springer to the raw diet, I also started feeding her treats that were wheat-free, grain-free, and/or freeze dried versions of human meals. She literally bounced back like you wouldn’t believe, and I can’t help but think that removing all of the foreign foods and preservatives from her diet had something to do with it.
Needless to say, I was spending a good amount of money each month feeding one of two dogs a frozen, raw diet, and I realized that I was spending way too much money on other treats and goodies that weren’t nearly as healthy as what I could make myself. So, I started researching wheat-free and grain-free dog treats and realized I enjoy baking them just as much as my dogs enjoy eating them! My dogs literally jump off the ground when they see me reaching for the treat jar (even the little old lady with arthritis!).
About the Treats:
All of my dog treats are made with high-quality ingredients, purchased at local produce markets and restaurant supply stores. I use chickpea flour and potato starch in place of wheat- or rice-based flours, and both ingredients are also gluten-free. I make wheat-free treats as well as grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free options, and I will continuously add to my menu as more recipes are perfected.
Some of my most common ingredients are listed below with their natural health benefits:
· Chickpea Flour ~ high-protein, significant source of calcium and foliate, and a good source of dietary fiber
· Fresh carrots ~ excellent source of antioxidant compounds and the richest source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes
· Raw Honey ~ natural energy source; also functions as an antioxidant
· Molasses ~ healthful sweetener containing significant amounts of a variety of minerals including calcium, iron and potassium
· Peanut Butter – natural peanut butter serves as a sweetener and a favorite flavor for dogs; high source of protein, and while a bit high in fat, higher in monounsaturated fat which is heart healthy; also a good source of vitamins B & E and antioxidants and minerals
· Ginger ~ used to treat health problems including abdominal bloating, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and for treatment of inflammatory joint diseases
· Vitamin E ~ potent antioxidant; reduces fat oxidation and raises production of HDL cholesterol; has been linked to improved circulation, preventing cataracts, improved immune function and slowing the aging process; also serves as a natural preservative
· Fresh fruits, vegetables and safe, human-grade ingredients
Since some of my ingredients are harder to find in your local grocer, feel free to substitute chickpea flour and potato starch for any other wheat-free flour and starch. Bob’s Red Mill can be found in grocers in most major markets throughout the U.S., and they carry a good amount of variety for wheat-free and gluten-free options. You can learn more about Bob’s Red Mill natural baking ingredients at www.bobsredmill.com.
Thanks for your interest in our passion of creating healthy, natural treats for dogs with special dietary needs, and please visit Chels & Georgie’s store at www.etsy.com/shop/ChelsandGeorgies. Feel free to bookmark our site-to-be and check back often: www.chelsandgeorgies.com.
Chels & Georgie’s Pooch Bakery