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Superfood Dog Treats

We recently celebrated our “Nala-versary” on the 4th of July.  One year ago on that day, we found our little girl, cowering in the rainforest, scared, emaciated and flea-ridden and she’s come such a long way since.  You can watch her story here.  Funny thing is, just one week before, I was telling my husband how I would love a little pup of our own.  I’m not traditionally one to make a fuss about such things, but we did coordinate a doggy play date and spoiled her with lots of homemade treats, including these healthy homemade dog treats that I’m showing you guys today.

These dog biscuits are super simple.  They call for just 3 ingredients and each one brings their own superfood power to the table.  Best of all, they’re both Nala and vet approved.  I’ve been storing her cookies in the fridge since before the 4th and they’re still going strong so they have lasting power and they’ve been so essential in teaching her a few more commands.  I’m happy to report that as of today, she’s a bi-lingual pup who has such happy, playful energy that I attribute to good, clean homemade dog food and plenty of play dates at the beach.

First up in these dog treats is coconut flour.  If you’re aiming to steer away from grain in your pets diet, this is a great choice that has more protein and fiber than whole grain or wheat flour.  It’s also lower on the glycemic index as well as being gluten free.  It’s a complete win-win for me since I also get to use pretty much every single part of the coconut {which we always have an abundance of}.  Some say that coconut flour also encourages organism balance in the gut.  Next, are chia seeds.  I always have it on hand for everything from puddings to smoothies.  Today, we’re using it not only as a binder, but to inject omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which promotes a shiny coat and healthy cells and growth, among many other benefits.  For example, did you know that chia seeds are a source of complete protein?  This means they contain all of the 9 essential amino acids.  Particularly for pups, this means that they’re getting 5 times more calcium than milk, 3 times more antioxidants than blueberries and 2 times more protein than any other seed/grain.  Finally, we have pumpkin which contains fiber and beta-carotene.  It’s great for your fur baby’s digestive track, immune system and joints.  Some people even advocate for its natural de-worming capability.

Together, these ingredients whip up into healthy yet tasty homemade dog treats that your pup will enjoy and you can feel good about giving them.  No funky ingredients, fillers/colors/preservatives.  Just clean, wholesome ingredients that make them feel like they’re getting spoiled while nourishing them with beneficial foods.

Superfood Dog Treats
 
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Serves: 1½ dozen treats
Ingredients
  • 2 tb organic chia seeds
  • ⅔ c filtered water
  • 1 c organic coconut flour
  • ½ c pure pumpkin puree {not pie filling}
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the chia seeds and water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix everything together and form into desired shapes. I rolled out heaping tablespoon portions then flattened them out into a disc to bake evenly.
  3. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Cool completely.
  5. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.

 

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