Ok, so we have a new pet on the farm. Yep, we are now fostering a dog. My daughter has missed having a canine friend so after much discussion and a couple moments of weakness, I agreed. Our goal is to adopt her after she graduates from her New Leash on Life program. [If you’ve not heard about it, check it out at: http://newleashonlife-usa.org/] We’re a bit sad that she’ll be away from us for 6 weeks, but we were so glad that she’ll be bringing holiday joy to the inmate paired with her.
We’re hoping to send her off with some delicious homemade treats so I’ve been revisiting old recipes. Given my gluten free lifestyle, I’m trying to get creative to cut down on the wheat or eliminate it altogether from the treats. I’ve listed a basic recipe below and will give some suggestions for modifications. I’ve not made the gluten free version yet, but I’ll update the post once I’ve tried it.
Growing Grace Farm’s Homemade Dog Treats
2 cups whole wheat flour [modification: I’m going to try a mix of oats pulsed in food processor and wheat flour or see if oats/rice flour will work]
1/2 cup corn meal
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup dry milk powder (not necessary)
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp beef or chicken bouillon granules
½-1 cup hot water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or can use a food dehydrator). Mix all ingredients, except water, in a bowl.
2. Add at least 1/2 cup water and stir. If mixture needs more water to form dough, add 1 tbsp at a time.
3. Dough should be consistency of bread dough–not too sticky.
4. Dust cornmeal on work surface. 2 options: roll out dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutters or into strips with a knife OR roll into a log and cut in circles [NOTE: if you make dough too thick, it won’t cook/dehydrate properly and the treats will get moldy.]
5. Bake on a cookie sheet in oven until hard and crunchy (about 30 minutes depending on how thick the treats are).
6. Let cool before storing in an airtight container.