Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cheezy Oat Dog Biscuits-Ambrose Approved!

Making treats for your animal friends is just as easy as making cookies for your human friends. I bet your dogs will show even more gratitude. Homemade treats are something I like to keep on hand for my dog Ambrose, as I like to know what is going in his body. Otherwise how will he live infinitely? Whether it's dog biscuits like these, dried papaya or sweet potato slices or just frozen pieces of banana or peas in the freezer, he loves getting the royal treatment and I love giving it to him.
I crafted this recipe very specifically to tailor the needs of healthy dogs. Brown rice flour is a highly nutritious whole grain for dogs that is easily digested and high in protein. It is both gluten free and a great source of energy. Nutritional yeast is heavy with B vitamins and fortified with B12, making it is a great ingredient for vegan dogs especially. Nutritional yeast contains three times the amount of protein of beef when compared ounce to ounce and tt also gives these biscuits their signature cheezy taste!
Like pumpkin, unsweetened applesauce is a naturally fibrous substance that helps with bowel problems. Here it takes place of unhealthy fats and helps keep a shiny coat.
The remaining ingredients: carrots, parsley and broth are merely for flavor. Dogs want flavor too!
I can guarantee your dog will love these as much as mine does. As they are cooking in the oven you will start to notice a certain glossy look in your dog's eyes, that's what I like to call HUNGRY EYES! These biscuits won't last long.

Gluten free oat and brown rice biscuits filled with cheese flavored nutritional yeast, fresh carrots, parsley and vegetable broth. You'll want to try one too.

Cheezy Oat Dog Biscuits
makes 12 biscuits
1 1/4 cup regular or gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup brown rice flour, plus more for rolling
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tbl grated carrot
1 tbl baking powder
2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 cup vegetable broth
3 tbl unsweetened apple sauce

Preheat the oven to 325.
Blend the oats in a food processor or blender into a fine powder.
Combine the oat flour, brown rice flour, nutritional yeast, carrot, baking powder and parsley in a large bowl.
Add the broth and apple sauce and mix into a dough. Add more broth if necessary to get a cookie dough-like consistency.
Wrap the dough and chill for 30 minutes.
Flour your countertop and roll out the dough to be 1/4" thick. Use a biscuit shaped cutter to stamp out cookies or simply cut out whatever shape you would like.
Bake on a lined baking sheet for 20 minutes. Rotate the pans then reduce the heat to 300 and bake for 40 minutes more until good and crunchy.

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