Here are more recipes on how to make truly gluten-free dog treats recipes. Gluten is in many more foods than anyone thinks, at first. To get familiar with the offending ingredients, take a look at this growing list before going on to the recipes. All these foods contain or make gluten when added to other ingredients.
- Malt vinegar
- White pepper
- Some curry powders
- Teriyaki sauce
- Wheat Grass
- Wheat (flour)
- Barley (all grains)
- Oats (there are gluten-free oats at the grocer)
- Soy products
- Food starches (cornstarch etc.)
- Roux-based soups (made with flour)
- Bouillon cubes
- Roux-based gravy (made with flour)
- Brown rice syrup
Gluten is also used as a stabilizing agent in ice creams and ketchups. Now, on to those recipes that were promised.
If the pet is allergic to eggs, simply omit it in this first recipe. The potato binds the ingredients nicely and the egg is mostly for more protein, which the meat contains.
The second recipe is meatless. Dogs are omnivores and they like vegetables and fruit, too. All of these recipes are made with good, human-grade food.
Homemade Dog Treats Recipe #1
For Harley’s Orange Squares you will need:
- 1 pound of ground meat (cooked, use beef, chicken, fish or lamb)
- 1 large sweet potato (cooked and mashed)
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup water
- A large bowl
- A wooden spoon
- A baking sheet
- Oil to coat the pan with
- Preheat your oven to 350(f) degrees
- Combine egg, sweet potato and water in large bowl. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
- Add meat and mix well.
- Spread on lightly oiled baking sheet.
- Cut into bars or squares
- Bake for 30 minutes and remove the pan from oven. Use a spatula to turn them over, then bake them again for 20 more minutes.
- Remove them from the oven and cool them on a wire rack.
- Serve when cool. Yield is approximately 30 – 45 squares or bars.
Easy Homemade Dog Treats Recipe #2
To make Harley’s Veggie Bars you will need:
- 1 large sweet potato, diced in ½ inch chunks
- 4 cups of water
- 3 carrots, cut in coins
- 3 – 4 cups instant potato flakes – the 100% real potatoes, no other ingredients
- A large sauce pan or pot with lid
- A sharp knife
- A cutting board
- A potato masher
- A baking sheet
- A spatula
- Oil to grease the pan
- Preheat the oven to 375F degrees.
- Chop the vegetables and put them into the pan.
- Add the water.
- Turn the heat on high under the covered pan and cook the vegetables until very soft when pierced with a fork.
- Take the pan off the heat and take off the lid, being careful not to burn in the rush of hot steam that follows.
- Mash the vegetables until they’re all smashed good.
- Add the instant potato flakes and stir. It should be kind of stiff like dough and it shouldn’t move when the spoon is pulled out. If it does, add more potato flakes and mix them in.
- Line the baking sheet with foil and then oil the foil.
- Dump the mixture onto a baking sheet.
- Spread it out evenly all over the pan, filling out the corners. Make sure it’s evenly spread, so there aren’t thick and thin spots.
- Take the knife and cut the mixture into squares or bars, depending on the size of your dog and the size of treat desired. Yield can be 30 bars to 60 small squares, it just depends.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, then turn down the temperature to 250F degrees and leave the pan in for another two hours.
- Don’t open the door to see how they’re doing in the last two hours, it’s necessary for them to cool down slowly.
- After two hours remove the pan from the oven and turn the bars over with a spatula and then put them back in the oven for an hour more.
- At the end of the hour, turn off the oven and leave the treats in until completely cooled. They should be hard with softer centers and the corners may have browned during the high temperature period. That’s perfectly normal and it’s been found that dogs don’t mind one bit.
- Cool completely before serving.
Store the treats from either recipe in an air-tight container in the freezer or the refrigerator. The test dogs love these treats just as much as they love the meaty ones. Be creative, experiment and have fun when cooking for a pet.