Healthy, homemade dog biscuits
My sister-in-law is an amazing mom and talented jeweler. Until this weekend, I had no idea she’s also gifted at baking for four-legged members of the family! She created a recipe for homemade dog biscuits with hemp hearts and brought over the biscuits during a family gathering at our home.
I am so grateful that she created and shared this recipe. These hemp heart dog biscuits are filled with nutritious, vegetarian ingredients. They’re also gluten free, which means they’re safe for celiacs or those with gluten sensitivity to bake and to store in their kitchen. And best of all, my dog goes absolutely crazy for these biscuits!
Dog tested and approved treats
Our sweet 16-year-old dog Hank is extremely finicky about food. He rejects many dog treats completely, including most of the ones we’ve made at home or purchased from a special dog bakery. However, to my surprise and great delight, he absolutely adores the homemade dog biscuits my sister-in-law made.
After Hank had his first treat, he begged me for another one. After I gave him a second one, he begged for a third!
I told him he’d have to wait for his next one, and he then followed me around the house just to make sure I wouldn’t change my mind. (This may be typical behavior for most dogs, but not for Hank.) Once he realized he wouldn’t get another treat yet, he returned to where he was eating the treats and made sure to eat up every last crumb he could find. It was amazing!
Nutritional content of dog biscuits with hemp hearts
Note: please consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet, including giving these biscuits to your dog.
Not only will your dog love these treats, but he or she will benefit from all the nutritious ingredients, too. Here are the ingredients in these biscuits:
Hemp hearts are the seeds that come from the hemp plant, and they are a nutritious addition to a dog’s diet. They are a complete protein source and contain beneficial minerals, as well as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp seeds support heart, skin and coat health for dogs, reduce joint inflammation, and support the immune system.
Bananas are good sources of nutrients such as potassium and manganese. They are a natural energy source and aid in healthy digestion. Because bananas contain sugar, dogs should eat them in moderation.
Eggs are healthy for dogs to eat, because they are high in protein and contain essential amino acids and fatty acids. They can even help settle upset stomachs in dogs. As an added bonus, you don’t need to worry about the cholesterol content of eggs here, as cholesterol does not have the same effect in dogs as in humans.
Natural unsweetened peanut butter
Pretty much every dog owner knows that dogs love peanut butter! In moderation, this is a safe food for dogs, with some important cautions. The good news is that peanut butter is a source of protein, healthy monosaturated fats, and vitamins such as B and E.
Be certain to keep these tips in mind when feeding your dog peanut butter:
- Use peanut butter is all natural and unsweetened with no added sugar (like these).
- The jar should list peanuts as the only ingredient.
- Take extra caution to ensure that it does not contain the sweetener xylitol, which is toxic and deadly for dogs.
With these simple-to-follow cautions in mind, your canine best friend can enjoy peanut butter safely.
Gluten free oats
Oats are a great source of fiber and a healthy carbohydrate. They are safe for dogs to eat and can aid in digestion, especially for older dogs.
Oats are naturally gluten free. However, many commercial oats are processed in facilities that also process wheat and other gluten-containing grains, so contamination is common. If you’re a celiac or have gluten sensitivity, purchase oats that are certified gluten free any time you cook with them. Two excellent brands that offer gluten free oats are Quaker and Bob’s Red Mill.
Here are some great oatmeal recipes to use up the rest of your oats:
Making homemade dog biscuits
Once you have your ingredients ready, assembling them is a simple process.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Slightly process ¾ cup gluten free oats in a food processor or blender until they are a coarse consistency. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 smashed banana, oats, and ½ cup natural peanut butter.
- Stir the mixture continually while you pour in the hemp hearts. You want the batter to reach a consistency that’s similar to cookie batter. You’ll use between 1 and 2 cups of hemp hearts.
- Once your batter is ready, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop about 1 ½ Tbsp of batter onto the baking sheet for each cookie. You can either use a cookie dough scoop or a spoon for this.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Allow the biscuits to cool before giving one to your dog. Your dog will love you for it!
- Store them in the fridge. These homemade dog biscuits will keep in the fridge for about 1 week.
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In addition to trying my sister-in-law’s recipe, be sure to visit her online store to view her gorgeous jewelry!
Homemade dog biscuits with hemp hearts
- 1 banana smashed
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- ½ cup natural peanut butter unsweetened
- ¾ cup oats gluten free
- 1-2 cups hemp hearts
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Process the oats in a food processor or blender until they are a course consistency.
- Combine banana, egg, peanut butter, and oats in a bowl.
- While stirring, pour in the hemp hearts until the mixture reaches a consistency like cookie batter.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a spoon or cookie dough scoop to drop dough onto baking sheet (about 1 ½ Tbsp per cookie).
- Bake for 25 minutes. After cooling, store in fridge for up to 1 week.