So I have officially assigned my dogs a day job. I think it’s time they pull their own weight around here. They are now my dog treat taste testers! Let me tell you, they aren’t complaining. I mean, they’re getting paid pretty well! Their most recent job was testing out these oatmeal strawberry doggie treats. According to my pups, they are a huge success.
Okay, I have a confession. Since they are made out of healthy human foods (just oatmeal, strawberries, coconut oil, and an egg) I decided to try one myself. Since they don’t have any sugar they’re a bit bland to my tastebuds. A little jam or butter smeared on top would fix that, though!!! lol So if you really want to indulge with your pooch, you can!
I also want to mention how easy these things are to make. If you aren’t used to baking homemade dog treats then you may be a little hesitant at first. I promise you, though, they don’t take a long time to make and won’t leave you with a huge bill because you probably have most of the ingredients already. Plus, knowing your pooch is eating preservative-free, gluten-free, and all around healthy treats, offers peace of mind.
I hope your little ones enjoy these as much as mine do!
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Strawberry Doggie Treats
- 2 cup oat flour
- 3/4 cup frozen strawberries, defrosted with its own juice
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add flour, mashed strawberries, coconut oil, and beaten egg. Mix together with a fork or spoon.
- With your hands, knead until you form a dough ball. The dough will be a little moist and sticky.
- Roll out little balls and flatten them into bites (approximately 1” round and about 1/4” thick). Place them onto the baking sheet. Space them so they don’t touch, but they don’t need a lot of in-between space since they won’t rise or spread.
- Bake for 20 minutes in a 350º oven.
- Turn oven off and let them cool in the oven. This will allow them to continue to dry out. They will be dry, but not as hard as a biscuit. You will still be able to break them.