Hello all you shiny, happy dog people! It’s been way too long. When I took over this dog foodie blog I had sweet dreams of posting monthly at minimum. Sometimes life gets in the way of what you are passionate about. Have no fear, I have been busy in the kitchen testing new recipes and I can assure you there is so much goodness to come. You will even be surprised by a guest posting. Spoiler alert; she is my mentor when it comes to home cooking for your dog. I think you know who I’m talking about. 😉
Some of you know I own a business called DOGsAGE, Essential Products For Senior Dogs. http://www.dogsage.ca Over the next three months I will be busy attending trade shows around Ontario. I wanted to come up with a treat that would be beneficial and delicious for older dogs. Something low in fat, low glycemic index, easy to chew as well as being grain free. Well, look no further than Grain free BUCKBites for inspiration. I am re-booting this recipe with minor adjustments.http://mydogsbreakfast.com/2012/11/23/grain-free-buckbites/
I substituted the potato flour for organic virgin coconut flour and reduced the blackstrap molasses. I dusted off my Kitchen Aid standing mixer and went to work. Here is the revised recipe made the same way. Doubling this recipe works well too.
1 Cup Buckwheat Flour (I used dark)
1 Cup Organic Virgin Coconut Flour
1/4 Cup of Organic Blackstrap Molasses unsulphured
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
1/3 Cup Water
These essential senior dog treats are a hit! My old girl Sadie loved them. I even tested them on my young fella Chuck. Being a Lab. he will eat anything but when I gave him this treat he did the same thing he does when he gets a bone. Runs off with it to his hiding place in the back yard, consumed it then ran back for more. A definite hit. These treats are low fat, high fibre, protein rich. Full of vitamins and minerals. Brain and heart healthy. Gotta fly, I have about a thousand more to make. Pant -Pant.
I haven’t been this excited about a treat recipe in a dog’s age. Thank goodness Xmas is around the corner – methinks I need to get out more. This recipe is timely as I’m super excited that Modern Dog Magazine has included one of my recipes in their Winter 2012 issue – Check it out. They chose the Grain Free GoodBites, so I thought this would be a great time for another GF treat!
I recently learned about Buckwheat Flour from a Red Seal chef who works at Buddy’s Kitchen, near Toronto – makers of fresh food and treats for dogs. If you’re thinking that buckwheat is a cereal grain, you would be wrong! It’s actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and makes a good substitute for grains for people or pets who are sensitive to wheat or gluten. It has a strong nutty taste so it’s not generally used on its own in a recipe, as the taste of the finished product can be very overpowering, and a little bitter. I also used potato flour (not be confused with potato starch flour.) Also grain and gluten free. You can probably buy these flours in the grocery store specialty/organic section, but I just load up on these flours as well as rye and coconut flour at the Bulk Barn. Man I love that store. (hint, hint, sponsor me PLEEEEZE!) I also buy blackstrap molasses there. Because the potato and buckwheat flour has no gluten, you need a good binder, and the molasses is perfect. It also disguises some of the bitter buckwheat taste by adding some sweetness, the dogs love it, and unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses retains such vitamins and minerals as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. It’s actually got a lot going for it – another thing I learned when developing this recipe! Continue reading →
This recipe was featured in Modern Dog Magazine. I know a lot of you are looking for recipes for dogs with allergies, so I’ve come up with this grain-free duck and potato treat. I did my best to stay away from other food items that some dogs are allergic to, such as eggs. Instead, I used some “no sugar added” applesauce in place of the egg as the binder in the recipe. It’s a sticky and wet dough without flour – but the results are worth it, especially if your little one can’t handle grains.