Thursday, February 5, 2015

Homemade Grain-Free Dog Treats

I came up with this recipe a few weeks ago for my healthy family food page; it was inspired, quite simply, by my shadow in the kitchen. We got Molly this past summer, and she quickly learned that there's lots of tasty action going on when I get in the kitchen.

While I try not to indulge her too much, it's too tempting to not let her sample various healthy bits that are safe for dogs from time to time. Molly is on a totally grain-free diet, and the only treats we've bought her are pure beef liver.

Since I love to experiment with cooking and baking, I couldn't resist the urge to whip up my own grain-free dog treats for Molly. The kids helped me make them, which is why I took the time to cut out the treats into little bears. Rolling out and cutting was certainly a little time consuming, so next time I will opt for simply rolling the dough into bite-size balls.

I used butternut squash puree for these, but pureed pumpkin would work as well. Even if you don't personally consume peanut butter, if you wanted to save a little money you could use organic PB and I'm sure your dog would love them!

Homemade Grain-Free Dog Treats

4 eggs
1 tsp. raw honey
3/4 cup butternut squash or pumpkin puree
1/2 cup creamy nut butter
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup of coconut flour

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, eggs, honey, nut butter and cinnamon.
Add the coconut flour and stir until well-blended.

Roll dough into balls are roll out and use cutters to cut and make shapes. Bake on a Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet for about 25 minutes or until golden.

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