Gingerbread Dog Biscuits

gingerbread dog biscuits - Comfy Belly

You only need a few ingredients to make a healthy treat for a dog. They’re happy with the basics: a good aroma—usually a dog’s version of a good aroma.

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If you live with a dog or know one, you’ll notice that he/she smells food before eating it. Dog’s rely almost entirely on their sense of smell, which is at least hundreds of times more sensitive than ours. So their food doesn’t require much flavoring, hence the flavorless taste of most dog food and treats. Yes, I have tasted one or two.

So it really didn’t take much for me to create a dog treat recipe that a dog would like. As soon as I had the basic ratio of flour to egg to pumpkin, squash, or other moist ingredient, I was set. That’s when I posted these pumpkin biscuits. Very rudimentary, but it did the trick.

This year I wanted a bit more of a holiday biscuit, so here’s a gingerbread dog biscuit that smells divine and has a hint of flavor thanks to the molasses, which is a good source of potassium, calcium, and iron for your dog. And your kitchen will smell great as these bake.

This recipe works with grain and gluten-free flours. My dog eats gluten-free and mostly grain-free, so I use a mixture of oat and brown rice flour in this recipe. The recent news about high amounts of arsenic found in brown rice had me do some research, and so far it seems like the highest amounts are in rice grown in southern U.S. states. The brown rice with the least amount of arsenic comes from California and Washington. White rice is not affected because the arsenic accumulates in the outer kernel, which is only found in brown rice.

gingerbread dog biscuits - Comfy Belly

Finally, I use my trusty dog bone cookie cutters, but you can use any cookie cutters you have on hand, or just use the top of a small jar to make circle-shaped biscuits.

gingerbread dog biscuits - Comfy Belly

 

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Posted in Dairy-Free, Dog Foodie, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian, Wheat-Free  |  4 Comments

4 Responses to Gingerbread Dog Biscuits

  1. How long to do these stay fresh? Not that my springer would notice if something was stale, he eats too fast for that!

    • Erica says:

      good question! yes, mine have not lasted more than a week, but if fully dried they should last at least a month or so. If you seal them tightly they should last several months. And of course, in the refrigerator they’ll probably last a long time as well.

  2. Thank you for posting this! I have been looking for a recipe for my siberian husky. He eats anything, but I hate to buy the junk from the store when I know I can make something healthier. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe – thanks again!

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