Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits, Gluten-Free

peanut-butter-cookies3The holidays are coming and no doubt you already are pulling together your favorite cookie recipes for your family to enjoy. And since so many of you who read this blog have furry family members, I wanted to share with you these scrumptious Gluten-free Peanut Butter Biscuits that never fail to set my Opie’s tail wagging.

Opie eats a gluten-free homemade diet and I usually also make his treats gluten-free because dogs, like humans, can suffer from severe wheat allergies. These treats contain rolled oats and oat flour and millet and brown rice flour, all grains that are gluten-free and good for him. Opie couldn’t care less for the grains, I would guess, but what he does love about these treats is that they are packed with the one vegan food that makes every doggie heart beat just a little faster: peanut butter. Even Lucy, always a tough one to get hooked to anything non-animal, loved peanut butter and would spend hours trying to tease it out of her kong toy.

Peanut Butter Dog BiscuitsThese treats are pretty easy to make and if you have kids I can’t imagine a more fun project to get them involved in than baking for their best friends. The gluten-free dough is  easy to work with, and you can make these cookies in all sorts of fun shapes. Although trust me, Fido won’t really care what the shape is. He– or she– will just want to gobble them up.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits, Gluten-Free
 
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Recipe type: Dog Biscuits
Serves: Makes two dozen 3-inch bone-shaped biscuits
Ingredients
  • 2 cups millet flour
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp water
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until the dough comes together in a ball. Add more flour or water if needed-- the dough should be firm and not too sticky.
  2. Turn out the dough on a flat surface and knead for a couple of minutes to make it smooth. Divide into two and roll out one portion into a round, about ⅓rd of an inch thick.
  3. Use a cookie cutter to press out cookies and lay them on a lightly oiled cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 25 minutes, turning the cookies over halfway though the baking.
  5. Cool the biscuits on a rack before letting your doggie have a go at them!

Going…

Opie

Going…

Opie

Gone!

Opie

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A lovely reader, Madeleine, sent me a holiday treat of my own: these amazing vegan chocolates she makes and sells under the label Chocolate Hollow. 

chocolate-hollow2Madeleine, who has been vegan for six years, wrote to me that she has been learning about chocolate-making for the past two years. “Milk chocolate was the hardest thing for me to leave behind. It was really really difficult!” she wrote. “It became my mission to create a good vegan interpretation of it. About 6 months ago, I launched my (very) small business on my current town/city- Burlington, VT.  “Chocolate Hollow” slogan: Udderlessly Divine!”

Madeleine makes all her chocolate from scratch, starting with organic and fair-trade cacao beans and grinding  them into smooth chocolate. There is Schmilk, or milk-style chocolate made with soymilk, Toffee Crunch, Serious Schmilk which is a more chocolatey version of Schmilk with a higher cocoa content, Hazelnut Crunch (my favorite) with toasted hazelnuts, and Classic Bittersweet.
This is amazing candy and besides I love the irony of dairy-free chocolate from Vermont, don’t you?
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Comments

  1. says

    Opie looks sooooo cute and happy with that biscuit! Loved the recipe, I am going to make them soon!
    Thanks for the chocolate info as well. I am going to order some for myself ;)

  2. says

    there are so many cute things about this post. opie, those amazing biscuits which i have to make for chewie, and the delicious smooth chocolates!

  3. Anonymous says

    Hi Vaishali,

    That was a nice recipe emerged from a nice thought! I like to try and make things vegan since you make it sound so delicious and I must admit, some of the stuff I tried from your blog did infact turn out delicious. The Mango pie etc. Thank you again for sharing your recipes. Even though I am not a vegan, I am beginning to enjoy vegan recipes. I have a question for you – I want to make some sandwiches but don’t want to use mayonnaise. Do you know if there is any healthy alternative to using mayo and still get that same taste and consistency? Mayo acts as a binder for all the chopped red onions, celery, red bell pepper and can easily fold in to be spread on my bread. I don’t to use yogurt or cream or anything milk based, any vegan option you know of?

    Thank you for this blog and best wishes to you and family!
    -Manu

    • says

      Hi Manu, thanks for your kind words! There are a couple of vegan options for mayo that are now available in the U.S. markets– Nayonnaise is one, and Vegenaise is another. I’ve tried the Nayonnaise and it is quite good– it will certainly give you the right consistency and flavor for your sandwiches.

      • Anonymous says

        Thank you Vaishali for your prompt response. I’m a novice and hence the follow up question, if mayo needs to be made with egg/ dairy base, then do you know what Nayo is going to be made of? I hope it is not laiden with bad preservatives, unhealthy substitues. I am worried it may then turn out to be more unhealthy that Mayo even though the eggs/dairy is cut out of it. How do they get that same taste? If you know, can you please share for the benefit of your readers? Appreciate it.
        thanks,
        Manu

        • says

          Hi Manu, I believe Nayonnaise has soy milk as the main ingredient and a bunch of other stuff but nothing too egregious. You can google up their ingredient list. If you’d rather not use it you can always make a creamy spread by mashing avocado– that would be delicious.

  4. Pradnya says

    Hi, Vaishali. Is there any way I can do without the brown rice flour? Just use millet flour, oats and oat flour? I know you may not have tried such a combination but if you have any thoughts on how this might turn out, I’d appreciate it immensely.

    P.S. I believe blitzing oats in a processor will give me oat flour.

      • Pradnya says

        Thanks a lot. :) Will try this and get back.

        Just another doubt. Now, what is it that you include in Opie’s homemade diet? Our pom, Steffi, eats anything and everything. But at home, ours is primarily a vegetarian diet. As a result, Steffi gets to eat meat very rarely. She is about five now, and I am beginning to wonder if we made a mistake by giving her stuff like daal-rice or tomato-chapati (She loves tomatoes) as part of her meals.

        I happened to read somewhere that for good health, the primary component of a dog’s diet must be meat.

        I, of course, do not expect you to go into the details of Opie’s everyday meals. But I am just curious about the meat part. Can a dog be healthy if raised on a primarily vegetarian, and specifically ghar- ka -khana- kind- of, diet?

        I hope I am not bothering you. You just seem to care a lot about Opie’s health and also know a lot more about this than I do. Thank you for your patience.

        • says

          Hi Pradnya, feel free to ask all the questions you want. :) Opie is not vegetarian and his diet includes chicken. I pressure cook a big pot of masoor lentils, veggies like spinach, carrots, beans etc., chicken, turmeric and black pepper at the start of the week. Everyday, at feeding time I cook some oatmeal and then mix some of the lentil and chicken and veggie mixture in it. He loves it because it is all fresh and unprocessed food and the turmeric helps with his arthritis. I know some vegans feed their dogs lentils with rice and veggies. Yogurt with veggies and rice can also be an option since dogs usually like yogurt and it is high in protein.

          • Pradnya says

            Yes! Yes! Steffi loves yogurt!
            Opie’s meal sounds delicious and healthy. I will definitely try working around some similar arrangement. Only, I will have to convince my mother that this is not just one of my crazy ideas. She calls the shots around her.
            Thank you very much. Really appreciate your help.

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