Sooo … how’s the weather? Here in Charlotte, the temperatures are rising and it already has me dreaming of summer beach trips! I figured, since I’m more than ready for summer, it’s time to get my dogs involved. That’s why, when I started running out of my last batch of biscuits, I decided to play around with a few different ingredients. The result: These Tropical Treasure Gluten-Free Dog Treats!
There are only 5 ingredients in these treats, all naturally gluten-free. So if your dog has a gluten sensitivity, these are the perfect treats to make.
A Look At The Ingredients
Oat Flour – While oats are considered gluten-free they are sometimes grown in fields along with gluten products so there could be cross-contamination. If you want your dog eating completely gluten-free then look for oats that have the “gluten-free” label.
Coconut Flour – Offers fiber, good fat, and protein. HERE is the coconut flour that I use!
Banana – Bananas are high in potassium, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals. Along with the health benefits, the banana in this recipe gives off a strong aroma and flavor, leaving you with one bark-worthy treat!
Pineapple – Fresh pineapple, in moderation, is great for our canine companions. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also loaded with vitamin A, B6, C, fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium, and much more goodness. Plus, this popular fruit has a somewhat random benefit. Experts say if you have a dog who eats their own poop, you may want to try feeding them pineapple. It’s supposed to alter the taste, making it unappetizing to dogs. When feeding pineapple to your pooch, opt for fresh and avoid canned pineapples in syrup. Also, since pineapple is high in fiber and natural sugars, don’t overdo it or your pup may get a stomach ache.
Coconut Oil – This superfood has antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. It’s also been linked to increased nutrient absorption and improved digestion. This stuff is so great, I wrote an entire blog post about it!
A Note On Measuring Flour
When measuring flour, a lot of people have the urge to take their measuring cup, stick it in the flour bag, and scoop. Does that sound familiar? While it may be the easiest way to gather a cup of flour, it won’t leave you with an accurate measurement. Instead, all of my recipes use the traditional “spoon and level” method.
- Take a spoon and fluffy up the flour so it is no longer compacted in the bag or canister.
- Spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup until it reaches the top.
- Use the back of a knife to level off the flour.
- Do not compact it, tap it, or press it down. Just leave it fluffy.
Cute Cookie Cutters For These Treats
Tropical Treasures: Gluten-Free Dog Treats Recipe
- 2 cups oat flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 1 large ripe banana
- 4 ounces fresh pineapple
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oat and coconut flours. Set aside.
- Add banana, pineapple, and coconut oil to a blender. Blend until thoroughly combined.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix everything together with a spoon or fork.
- Using your hands, knead dough for several minutes, eventually forming a dough ball. The dough may seem sticky after a minute or two, just keep kneading.
- Sandwich doughball in between two pieces of parchment paper. With a rolling pin, roll dough to about 1/4" thick. Stamp with cookie cutters and place biscuits on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.