Grain-Free Pumpkin-Coconut Dog Biscuits

dog-treats

If you’re feeding your dog a grain-free diet, then these healthy treats made with coconut flour should make your pup jump with joy. Coconut flour, which is ground toasted coconut, makes the dough and the house smell crazy good.

Egg shells are a good source of calcium for dogs, and that’s where this recipe takes a little detour from others you might find. It uses hard boiled eggs, shells and all. You simply place the whole eggs in the blender to pulverize.

If you’ve never baked for your dog before, this is an easy and delicious recipe with which to start. And your pooch will love you for it.
As always, it’s not a bad idea to consult your vet before feeding anything homemade to your pup, especially if they have allergies or sensitive stomachs.

Grain-Free Pumpkin-Coconut Dog Biscuits

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Makes about 100 1-and-1/2-inch cookies

2 cups coconut flour

1 cup crunchy peanut butter, freshly ground, if possible, warmed in microwave until pourable (Never use peanut butter with a sugar replacement, such as xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 eggs, hard boiled, and keep them in their shells

Place all of the ingredients, except the eggs, in a large bowl.

Drop the whole, hard cooked eggs into a blender, cover and pulse a couple times to break up the eggs. They’ll look like fine crumbles. Add the eggs to the mixture in the bowl and mix well using a stand or hand-held mixer. About 3 minutes. Mixture will be crumbly, but will hold together when pressed.

Sprinkle a little of the coconut flour on a work surface. Make a couple of dough balls with the mixture and roll them out to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes if you’re using a convection oven and about 25-30 minutes in a conventional oven, until each doggie cookie is dark golden. Place them on a cooling rack and let them sit out until they’re completely cool. You can freeze them and pull out a few when needed. Or keep them for several weeks tightly sealed.