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Homemade grain free dog treats

December 4, 2018

I would like to make grain free dog treats for the numerous dogs in my neighborhood. I did find one recipe calling for coconut flour, peanut butter, and pumpkin. Sounds sort of yummy!

Has as anyone made something similar or have any great ideas to share? I would like to roll them out and use a bone cookie cutter.

Comments (17)
  • Lucille

    Do dogs have peanut allergies?

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  • beaglesdoitbetter

    No. But make sure the peanut butter doesn't have Xylitol., which can be deadly!!

    Molly and Bailey think your recipe sounds good and wish they lived in your neighborhood :)

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  • cmm1964

    Beagles I know you are in Florida part time as well. SW Fl resident here. It is nice being able to walk the dog year round without bundling up. Its a wonderful way to meet great dogs and the people they own!!

  • Funkyart

    I no longer have dogs but used to make treats for them and my friends' dogs often-- one of my favorite things was to make cutout treats in a variety of shapes. It started out as bones but evolved into a variety of animal shapes .. i.e. "animal crackers"

    Anyhow, the point of my post was that my dogs loooooved anything peanut butter or pumpkin. Love your plan!

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  • arkansas girl

    Do they need to be grain free? I used to make one that used wheat flour. I just sometimes have to laugh to myself when some of my dog owner friends are so picky about their dog food, it has to be grain free, but yet they give their dogs Milk Bone Dog Biscuits for their treats. There are lots and lots of recipes available using google search. I just think your selection may be limited if it has to be grain free. I am not so sure that coconut flour is really all that great for dogs. But, if you know that your friends do not feed any grains then of course a grain free biscuit would be the only choice.

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  • cmm1964

    Probably doesn’t have to be grain free but it seems people are very picky about what they feed their dogs anymore. I will have to see if coconut flour is an acceptable for dogs.

  • localeater

    Perhaps use chickpea flour. I buy dog treats that have this as an ingredient. Also, buckwheat, and buckwheat is not a grain.

    Here is the ingredient list from The Barkery.

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  • Lucille

    Cmm I hope you post pictures when you are done. What a wonderful idea and what a kind neighbor you are!

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  • cleo07

    This is a gross aside but not sure how much coconut flour would do this but...my dog ate a loaf of coconut bread (low carb bread for me) off the counter. The next day, as he was pooping, puffs of airy coconut flour were coming out instead of his normal stuff. I am not sure It this happens with smaller amounts. It was the weirdest thing I have ever seen.

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  • smhinnb

    My vet has recently started discouraging an entirely grain-free diet because of possible links to heart disease in some dogs. As I understand it, grain-free dog foods contain lentils, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, etc. - and they think a diet too high in these carbohydrates is not a great choice.

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  • kkay_md

    My daughter (who is a veterinarian) discourages grain-free diets for dogs.

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  • cmm1964

    Wow food for thought. I will go back to the drawing board and find a wider variety of dog treat recipes. I know my dog is not very picky so I think she would love anything I made for her.

  • LynnNM

    Just an FYI: I do know for a fact that Jif peanut butter does not contain Xylitol. So, that brand, at least, is safe to add to dog treats.

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  • lukkiirish

    Pumpkin is a good base for dog treats. I’ve seen this recipe online several times....the cookies look so cute


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  • arkansas girl

    Oh lukki, that looks like a good one! I wouldn't put that drizzle on them but I think my dog could actually eat these without getting sick. It would be a way to get her to eat pumpkin too!

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  • lukkiirish

    I’m glad it helps, they do look pretty simple.

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  • lascatx

    This one is pretty close to one I have made and my dogs love. I do not use the salt, add 1 cup of oatmeal and adjust the flour. I just pat/roll out a rectangle and cut squares. We call them puppy crack cuz my lab is addicted.


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