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!