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10 Easy Wheat-Free Dog Treat Recipes

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Kim is a holistic health coach and a toxic-free lifestyle consultant. She obtained her studies from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Wheat is a common cause of dog allergies.

Wheat is a common cause of dog allergies.

Top 10 Wheat-Free Dog Treats

There is a small percentage of unfortunate dogs that are allergic to ingredients like wheat, sugar, meat byproducts, chemicals, preservatives, and artificial coloring that are usually found in commercially-made treats. You might find wheat-free dog biscuits at the store, but they're usually quite expensive since wheat is a cheap filler ingredient.

Ever since I wrote Top 10 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes, many dog owners whose dogs are allergic to wheat emailed to ask if I'd write another. So I compiled this list of 10 recipes for treats that are gluten free, made with only natural and healthy ingredients!

Making wheat-free dog treats is as easy as mixing a few carefully selected ingredients together and baking. These 10 recipes are easy, healthy, and much cheaper than the specialized gourmet dog treats you might find at the store.

Healthy Dog Treats Don't Need Salt, Sugar, or Preservatives

Please keep in mind that dogs need food for survival, not pleasure. I know, my pit bull might disagree with that sentence and argue that his life depends on peanut butter and anything cheesy. In fact, he once "accidentally" scarfed down almost half a box of peanut butter cookies from Trader Joe's, and afterward, even he knew he'd stepped over the line.

The point is, dogs don't really need all the extra sugar, salt, artificial coloring, or preservatives in their food. There may be thousands of recipes for homemade dog treats out there that contain all the extra additions and flavorings, but our dog's taste buds are not like humans', so leave those ingredients out!

And yes, dogs can get diabetes too. My brother-in-law's dog is currently getting shots every day for his diabetes. Very sad. Please don't add sugar or salt to any dog treats. All dogs need is real dog food filled with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Adding pumpkin to your homemade dog treat will give your dog many important vitamins and minerals.

Adding pumpkin to your homemade dog treat will give your dog many important vitamins and minerals.

1. Pumpkin Dog Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (not the spiced kind used for pies)
  • 1/4 cup cold water or enough to make the dough stick

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine brown rice flour and flax meal in a large bowl. Mix eggs and pumpkin together in a separate bowl until smooth. Add half of the pumpkin mixture to the brown rice mixture, stir, then add the rest and stir again with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add water slowly, as needed. Use your hands to knead the dough together.
  3. Roll dough out between two pieces of waxed or parchment paper to desired thickness (about 1/4" thick). Remove top piece of paper, flip dough onto a counter coated with brown rice flour, remove wax paper, and then cut biscuits using a knife or cookie cutter. Re-roll and cut scraps until you’ve used every possible bit of dough.
  4. Place biscuits on parchment-lined baking sheets (or sheets lightly greased with oil). Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until the top of the biscuit has dried out completely. Let biscuits cool on wire racks, then store in an airtight container.

Yield: 36 large dog biscuits

Note: For the rest of the recipes, use the same cooking technique described above, unless noted otherwise.

Ingredients for Dog Ailments

  • Flaxseed meal is basically ground flaxseed. It is recommended by vets to help with dry, flaky skin. Ground flaxseed also provides fiber, antioxidants, and omega 3's.
  • Pumpkin is a good remedy for upset tummies.
  • Brown rice flour is an excellent option for dogs that don’t tolerate wheat.
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2. Frozen Banana Dog Treats

These frozen dog treats are perfect during the hot summer months!

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe mashed bananas
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 24 oz. low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbsp applesauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Microwave the peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl until soft.
  2. Blend all the ingredients together thoroughly then freeze in ice cube trays.
  3. Pop treats out of tray for your pet's enjoyment!

Bonus Frozen Treat: Yogurt and Carrot Chillers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain nonfat yogurt
  • 2 grated carrots
  • 1 tsp apple sauce

Instructions

Combine ingredients and place in ice cube tray and freeze for at least 3 hours.

Oakley likes to come in from sunbathing and ask for a frozen dog treat!

Oakley likes to come in from sunbathing and ask for a frozen dog treat!

3. Veggie Yam Yum

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cooked yam (or sweet potato)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cooking liquid from yam
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder

Instructions

  1. Cut yam into 1/2 inch pieces and simmer, in enough water to cover, until soft. Reserve cooking liquid and set aside.
  2. In large bowl, mash the yam. Add 1/2 cup liquid back to the yam along with the peanut butter.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the baking powder with the flour then add to the yam mixture, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick on a lightly rice flour-dusted surface. Cut into small shapes with a knife or cookie cutter. Place on cookie sheets and bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until medium golden brown. Cookies will crisp up as they cool.

Yield: About 4 dozen small dog treats

Sweet Potatoes vs. Potatoes for Dogs

  • Sweet potatoes and yams are healthier alternatives to white potatoes. They contain more vitamins and nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and beta carotene.
  • White potatoes produce acrylamide when heated, which is a carcinogenic compound.
  • Sweet potatoes are also easily digestible and cheap, especially in the summer season. I can get a two-pound bag at the farmers market for $1.50!
Add mint leaves to dog treats to give your dog fresh breath!

Add mint leaves to dog treats to give your dog fresh breath!

4. Minty Fresh Dog Biscuits

Most dog treats in the market claim that they freshen your dog's breath, but they may only work temporarily.

I have a lot of mint and parsley plants growing during the summer months, so why not use them to freshen Oakley's breath? This recipe is perfect for keeping your dog's teeth clean and refreshed.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp + natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions

See recipe #1 for details. Bake for 18-22 minutes at 350 degrees on a greased sheet in the middle rack of the oven.

Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried ginger powder
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots

Instructions

See recipe #1 for details. Bake at 300 degrees for 30-35 minutes. After turning the oven off, leave biscuits in oven to cool and dry for extra crunchiness.

6. Cheese Pops for Dogs

Dogs. Love. Cheese. These are perfect for training treats!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetables, chopped (carrots or peas)
  • 1 cup brown rice flour (or oat flour)
  • Just enough milk to bring all the ingredients together

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients until a sticky ball forms.
  2. Cover and chill for an hour, then roll into bite-sized balls or roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

7. Fruity Softie Treats for Dogs

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (or ginger powder)