Grain-Free Homemade Dog Treats [Happy 2nd Birthday, Duke!]
Today is Duke’s 2nd birthday!! Can you believe it?! On one hand I can’t believe he’s already two, and on the other hand I can’t believe he’s ONLY two. I pretty much feel like he’s always been a part of our little family. He definitely has his own quirks and has totally debunked my previously held notion that all dogs of the same breed would behave pretty much the exact same day. Duke and Einstein could not be more different dogs; I guess that’s like a lot of siblings, right?! Duke is incredibly sweet and loves lots of affection; for his birthday, I naturally wanted to churn out some new homemade dog treats.
Can you believe this is what Duke looked like when we first brought him home??
When Einstein was a puppy, I spent a ton of time researching dog foods and eventually decided to feed him grain-free. It’s the only food he’s ever eaten, and he has done exceptionally well, so when we got Duke we started him on the same food. For whatever reason, it never occurred to me until now to make their homemade treats grain-free, as well. When I was thinking about what to make Duke for his birthday, it finally dawned on me that I should do something grain-free, since that’s what we feed them, after all!
Duke is saying, “Don’t even THINK about touching one of my birthday treats, Einstein!”
Einstein is all, “Who? ME?”
This is an easy recipe and very customizable (check out the source link at the bottom for more suggestions), and I’m happy to report that both Duke and Einstein absolutely loved them. I need to keep a batch on hand for when they’re especially good!
Grain-Free Homemade Dog Treats
Healthy, grain-free treats for your pup!
- ½ cup chicken broth
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin
- 1⅓ cups tapioca flour
- ⅓ cup coconut flour
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons brewers or nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the chicken broth and coconut oil to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the pumpkin.
- In a large bowl, stir together the tapioca flour, coconut flour, sea salt, yeast, flaxseed and parsley. Pour the chicken broth mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until no traces of dry ingredients remain (the dough will become stiff).
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about ¼-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, leave the treats in the oven and crack the oven door until they are cooled completely (this will help them dry out a bit). Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.