Does your dog need to follow a strict gluten-free or grain-free diet? This gluten free homemade dog treat recipe is the perfect healthy treat option for dogs with gluten intolerance. These treats have just five ingredients in them, which makes this a simple snack that you can whip up quickly for that hungry doggo of yours. Below the recipe, you can read on to learn about the health benefits of the ingredients in this yummy treat. You’ll be pleased to know that these gluten free homemade dog treats are not only tasty but will provide your pup with beneficial nutrients!
Gluten Free Homemade Dog Treats: Apple, Banana & Carrot Cookie
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 18 treats
Cooking tools you will need:
• Large mixing bowl
• Small bowl
• Silicone spatula
• Handheld grater
• Measuring cups
• Cookie baking sheet
• Parchment paper
Gluten free dog treat ingredients:
• 1 cup brown rice flour + 1 tablespoon
• ¼ cup grated and peeled carrot
• ¼ cup grated and peeled apple
• 1 smashed banana (preferably overripe)
• ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions to make gluten free dog treats:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a cookie baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mash 1 banana and set aside.
- Add the 1 cup + 1 tablespoon of flour to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the mashed banana to the large mixing bowl.
- In the small bowl that the mashed banana was in, you can grate the carrot into it. Grate enough carrot to measure ¼ cup and add to the large mixing bowl.
- In the same small bowl, grate the apple and measure ¼ cup. Add to the large mixing bowl.
- Using a spatula, mix the fruit and flour together.
- Once the dough is mixed well, use your hands to make small balls of dough and flatten them slightly before putting them onto the cookie sheet. If you have one on hand, you can use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch to 3/8 of an inch thickness and a cookie cutter to cut out the dog cookies to the size and shape you prefer. The goal is to make them into mini cookies, but you can choose the size you want. Depending on the size ball you make (or cookie cutter size), this batter should yield about 18 small cookies.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Set aside to cool. Once they are fully cooled, store them in an airtight container.
- Make sure you let your pup taste test once the treats have cooled off to room temperature.
- These treats break apart very easily and are soft. They are perfect for dogs of all sizes. You can break them into smaller pieces depending on the size of your dog.
- Feed them to your pup within about a week.
Recipe notes and alternative options:
We used brown rice flour to make this tasty gluten free homemade dog treat. You can also use oat flour, or grain-free cassava flour, chickpea flour, or coconut flour. Not all oat flour is gluten free due to cross-contamination, so be sure to purchase a gluten free oat flour.
Dogs with sensitive stomachs, gluten sensitivity, or dog food allergies can benefit from a gluten-free diet. There are lots of dog food companies that cater to these dietary requirements. You can even find gluten free dog treats on the market.
Some dogs may even need to adhere to a grain-free diet (gluten-free is different than grain-free).
Often, many store-bought, gluten-free food products contain additives, fillers, or additional ingredients that can exacerbate your dog’s digestive or health issues. But, when you make your homemade dog treats, you know exactly what the ingredients are.
These gluten free homemade dog treats use simple ingredients from any grocery store and are easy to make for your dog. These little cookies are like a mini carrot cake treat for your pup.
Benefits of Cinnamon for Dogs
The dash of cinnamon adds a nice flavor. Cinnamaldehyde is a compound in cinnamon that contains a lot of beneficial properties for your dog’s health.
Small amounts of cinnamon, like in these tasty treats, are healthy for your pup to consume. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties which can help your dog’s immune system, joint health, and overall health.
Benefits of Carrots for Dogs
Carrots are a great snack for your dog because they are low-calorie and contain a powerhouse of nutrients.
You can serve carrots to your dog both cooked and raw. If you are giving your dog raw carrots, be sure they are in small enough pieces so they won’t pose a choking hazard.
Carrots have a lovely orange hue because of a compound called beta-carotene. When you and your dog consume carrots, the body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A.
This vitamin promotes healthy vision, skin, coat, and nails. It also supports the immune system. Carrots are high in fiber which can improve your dog’s digestive health.
Benefits of Apples for Dogs
Apples are another low-calorie snack with health benefits for your dog. Apples are about 86% water, so they provide hydration too.
You can feed your dog apple with the skin on, but if you have a senior pup with few teeth left then it would be best to peel the apples first. Be sure the apples are cut into small, bite-size pieces for your dog to enjoy.
You can also feed your dog baked apples and apple sauce (make sure there is no sugar added). Never feed your dog apple seeds because they contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs.
Apples have a lot of essential nutrients including quercetin. Quercetin is an important antioxidant. It has anti-inflammatory properties and serves as a natural antihistamine. Because quercetin reduces histamine in the body, it naturally helps to relieve seasonal allergies.
Apples are also a great source of fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. The next time you snack on an apple, be sure to share some with your furry friend!
Benefits of Bananas for Dogs
Bananas are a healthy snack to share with your pup. They provide hydration and are low in calories.
You may already know that bananas are high in potassium. This vital nutrient will help your dog’s muscles, heart, and nerves.
Bananas are also a good source of Vitamin B6. This nutrient is important for your dog’s red blood cells and immune system function. B6 also supports healthy vision and brain health.
Packed with fiber, bananas will benefit your dog’s overall digestive health. Bananas are soft and can be given to your dog in small bite-size pieces. You can even make your dog a frozen treat out of blended bananas.
Another fun way to feed your dog banana is by mashing it onto a lick mat. This provides your dog with a healthy treat plus enrichment time. Providing your pup with enrichment time benefits their brain and mood.
Dogalicious Gluten Free Dog Treats
As always, it is a good idea to check with your vet before introducing new foods or a new recipe to your four-legged friend, especially if they have a gluten intolerance.
These dog treats should be given in moderation. These dog treats are not meant to replace your dog’s normal meals and do not meet your dog’s nutritional needs. Check with your vet to see if your dog will need nutritional supplements and you can also try out this gluten-free homemade dog food recipe and our dog food topper recipe as well.
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