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If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve met our Zoe Grace before – she’s a beautiful, sweet, playful, and rotten Goldendoodle and we love her dearly. Turns out May is National Pet Month and I thought that would be the perfect time to finally conquer my goal of learning how to make homemade dog treats. Our dog groomer, who is amazing, makes and gives Zoe Grace homemade wheat-free dog treats while she is being groomed and then sends one or two home with us. Zoe loves them. Like literally, more than any other treat we get, she loves these treats.
So I decided I need to know how to make a version of my own. A while ago actually, but it has taken me forever and I decided last week it is past time I just get it figured out. Food Lion has a fantastic gluten-free section, so finding wheat-free oats was easy as pie.
The fun thing is, this recipe for dog treats can be made with any flour substitute you would like. Since our groomer makes her treats with oats and Zoe loves them so much, that’s what I wanted to try. But I might try coconut flour next time and just see if she likes it. To make the quick oats into oat flour, I just used a food processor. All you need is two cups of any flour and 8 ounces of baby food. The method for mixing up these homemade wheat-free dog treats is super easy. You just dump the ingredients together, mix them with a mixer, roll the “dough” out between two sheets of parchement paper, and then cut it into shapes. I tried cookie cutters, but in the end what I liked best was just rolling the dough into little balls about the size of a marble, or rolling the dough into “snakes” like you would playdough and then cutting the dough strips into little 1″ bits.
Then you bake the treats for fifteen minutes at 350 degrees. Leave the treats in the oven until it cools, which finishes drying them out without overbaking or burning. I got a little more than a pint jar full of treats from one recipe, so next time I will make a double batch. The result is a homemade treat dogs love. The larger cooker cutters like the bone one we used are perfect for recall or special training but the dough is hard to get out of the cutters. The small balls of dough or the 1″ strips of dough were perfectly sized “training session” sized treats. Make a recipe of these special dog treats for your fur baby, and store them in an airtight container for a couple of weeks. When you make the next batch, mix it up with a different flavor of baby food as your special ingredient. We used turkey-sweet potato, and chicken-rice baby food, but you could also use pumpkin or plain sweet potato, or blueberry, all of which are common dog treat ingredients.
Stock up on baby food when it is one of the Weekly Deals at Food Lion. I’ll admit, I do love the idea of Online Shopping with pick up or delivery so that’s a great option too, if you are pressed for time. I’d rather spend my time making dog treats any day! This is such a handy service; you will love it. Look at how Zoe is standing at attention while I make treats for her! This is the first time I’ve made treats for her, but she figured out very quickly that whatever I was making was going to be tasty. What a perfect activity for National Pet Month!
So to recap, it is very possible to make tasty homemade wheat-free dog treats for your fur baby and treat your dog to something special. While you are shopping for baby food and oat flour, you can also get what you need for these other Food Lion Recipes After you make our homemade dog treats for your pet, let me know how much your doggy loves them in the comments or tag me on Instagram with a pic!