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Jan292011

PB & Bacon Dog Biscuits: Gluten-free treats fit for The King's best friend 

If Elvis still graced the earth he’d probably ask me to send him these PB & Bacon Dog Biscuits for his beloved companions.  I’d keep busy making GF dog bones for the Elvis pack and running my little blog for the rest of my natural born days.

Despite numerous Elvis sightings it seems that dream isn’t going to happen any time soon.

I’ll just have to keep making them for my little imps—Border Terriers who keep us constantly entertained and just as often irked. 

They’re pretty spoiled. Very loved. They give back as good as they get.

We take care of them—feed them, walk, play with and cuddle them. They give us endless kisses, tail wags, and unconditional love. Oh, and, chewed furniture. Did I mention upset tummies and mystery rashes?

That’s why the dogs are now officially gluten-free. They’ve had gluten-free dog food from the beginning but your run-of-the-mill treats which are, as we all know, laden with wheat and gluten. I hope ridding their diets of gluten will help with their tummy and skin issues.

GF dog biscuits are not readily available at your local pet store.  I was excited when I found a local dog biscuit company, Bubba Rose Biscuit Company, who specializes in just such treats. Besides a wide variety of GF dog goodies they had a copy of their cookbook—The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook—available for sale. The recipes feature all the flours we GF folks have in our pantries—mostly brown rice and GF oat flour.

The recipes are easy and enticing. Bonus: the house will smell wonderfully peanut buttery when you bake this version of one of their popular treats. So good you’ll be tempted to eat them yourselves. Don’t bother. According to my husband they may smell good but they taste like cardboard. Save them for the furry ones.

Do my dogs savor these treats? Haha. Well, if you’ve ever had a dog you know that word is not in their food vocabulary. Dogs savor life; they do not savor food.

Do they love these treats? You bet they do!

Elvis’ dogs would have loved them, too.

PB & Bacon Dog Biscuits

(Inspired by Bubba Rose’s Organic Dog Biscuit recipes.)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine in a medium size bowl:

1 cup gluten free oat flour (can be made by “grinding” rolled oats in a food processor)
½ cup sorghum flour
¾ cups brown rice flour

In a large glass measuring cup whisk together:

½ cup unsalted peanut butter
1 egg
½ cup water
2 teaspoons honey

Stir into the liquid mixture:

1 carrot, shredded and chopped into small bits
3 slices cooked bacon chopped into small bits

Mix the wet mixture into the flour mixture until thoroughly combined.

Roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment lightly sprinkled with sorghum or brown rice flour until about ¼ inch thick.

Cut out with a cookie cutter the size of which would suit your dog. (I used a small 1.5” cutter because my dogs weigh 14 and 22 pounds.) The dog biscuit shaped cutters are cute but any cutter that’s roughly round, oval or rectangular will work well.

Place the cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet. You can place them fairly close—but not touching—since they don’t spread.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let the biscuits cool in the oven for a few hours. Remove them and continue cooling on wire rack.

Store about a week’s supply of cookies in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Freeze the balance for future use.

Note: Although it’s fun to experiment with ingredients in recipes it’s important—when it comes to pet treats—to understand what ingredients are poisonous to our furry friends. Please consult the appropriate sources before changing the ingredients list.

This ASPCA page has a great list for review.

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I’m not the only crazy lady making gluten-free biscuits for my dogs: 

 

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Reader Comments (18)

Great post... I love the concept and had not considered doing this yet... but now feel really motivated! Thanks girl!

Jan 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Oh my goodness, my little Jack will love these. They'd be cute in the shape of a little sandwich too! Thanks!

Jan 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

Totally printing this out for my daughter!! She is always looking for treats for our pooch! Thanks Nancy!

Jan 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwenderly

These are so fun! I can't wait to make these for our new puppy in a few weeks!! Dogs can eat SunButter too, right? ;-)

Jan 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Thank you so much for these doggie treats! Our house is completely GF and we kept getting upset tummies and the mysterious rash, took a little while to realize it was coming from our four legged family members! We have researched and found a GF food for them, but treats were not to be found! I was just thinking of searching for some recipes and your blog popped up today! Yay!!! Going to have some super happy puppers! And humans!;)

Jan 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

Great recipe! I shared it on twitter with our dog friends. There is a very active dog community on twitter. #dogs

Jan 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoodyDigger

We've made gf cupcakes for our pups birthday in October, but haven't done the biscuits yet. I am positive our Lily would love them! She is a biscuit/cookie lover! She gets her special cookies every night at bedtime.

Jan 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

All - I love that you're excited as I am about these GF dog treats! I will definitely be trying other flavors so will post more in the future.

DoodyDigger - thanks! I saw your tweet and can't tell you how much I appreciate you spreading the word to the dog community on Twitter!

Tracy - There are some sites that seem to indicate Sunbutter is OK for dogs. Like this one: http://www.allerrific.com/Allergy_Free_pet_snacks_s/64.htm. You could always contact the ASPCA if you're doubtful.

Tammy - GF doggie cupcakes!! I love it.

Jan 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterNancy Kohler

Gosh, I wish you had published this post a few months ago. =) I did a post on dogs with gluten intolerance. My guy, a 130 pound Malamute named Fairbanks, has been gluten-free for years. I figured he "caught" celiac disease from me. These "dog" biscuits look amazing! I'm going to go back to my old post and add this link. It is perfect for my post. Thank you! BTW, I love this photo of your doggie. That's about the cutest picture ever!
Melissa

Jan 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterglutenfreeforgood

Nancy, I love this post! Your words on your dogs hit home and I love the photo of your dog(s) (is it the same dog in each photo? thinking yes, but since you said you had two) and these treats. Must check out that book. I'm feeding our new dog gluten free, but planning to feed him mostly grain free in the future. Anyway, I think I'll be joining the ranks of you crazy ladies soon. LOL I'd seen Amy's recipe and have thought about making it a few times, but haven't gotten there yet. I'm not mentioning these recipes to the new pooch or he'd be bugging me hourly until I make them. ;-)

Shirley

Jan 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

LOL! I LOVE these, Nancy! Our wheaten terrier (so ironically named) has to be gluten-free otherwise his stomach is always upset. These would be perfect for him. I just may treat him to these soon! And glad to know your husband was the taste-tester! ;)

Oh, wow, this is amazing! GF for the pups-how awesome!

Jan 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternaomi

This is adorable - and helpful too. I think that people forget that many dogs can't eat certain foods (like corn)...I often make dog treats with the kids who go to the summer camp at our local animal shelter - the dogs (and kids!) love it! Who said that we can only show love to people through food?

I wish I had a pet again to share this with!

Feb 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Kristen - If you lived closer I'd lend you my little guys once in awhile. Heck, I'd even throw in the GF treats.

Feb 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterNancy Kohler

What a great recipe, I'm adding it to my facebook page right now!

Feb 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoggy Dessert Chef

Thanks so much for this recipe Nancy! Cullen is LOVING his new treats!

May 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTidyMom

Totally making these!

Nov 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKierston

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