DIY Dog Treats | Blueberry Coconut Dog Cookies

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Main Stream Dog Treats Are Scary 

DIY dog treats are a great option once you start researching pet foods and realize that your beloved companion’s chow may be less than desirable for her or him. In fact, it’s legal for pet food companies to use euthanized dogs and cats as an ingredient! “Meat by-product,” anyone? Ugh! Basically, a lot of commercial pet food is far from healthful for your companion. In fact, some experts believe that commercial pet foods even cause illness in our furry friends including cancer, diabetes and obesity.

A Healthy, Easy Option 

Now you’re gazing across the room at your happily snoozing pup, thinking “Gosh, what do I feed him/her?” First, scrap those cookie cutters. Your hound really doesn’t care what shape the cookies are, as long as they smell good and you keep handing them over. Next, realize how EASY this is! Even if they’re a little funny looking or slightly burnt, I promise your pooch will be more grateful than anyone else you have ever baked for.

Coconut meat contains protein and carbohydrates and it’s great for dogs. In addition, blueberries are packed with antioxidants, which fight free radicals. These cookies are gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free and soy-free, so your pooch can digest with ease. Have an older dog that needs softer treats? Just cut the baking time by a few minutes so they’re chewier.

These dog cookies are held together by a flaxseed meal slurry. You can make your own flaxseed meal by putting whole flaxseeds into a very clean coffee grinder or strong blender, like a Vitamix. Either of these will break down flaxseeds. Like humans, dogs cannot digest the hull of flaxseeds and thus, their omega oil benefits will be lost if you don’t use a ground meal. You can buy flaxseed meal at many grocers like Giant, Safeway and Kroger, or natural foods stores like Whole Foods. Bob’s Red Mill carries it online, too.

You may find baking healthy treats for your dog to be addicting – they are always so incredibly grateful!

DIY Dog Treats | Blueberry Coconut Dog Cookies
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Some dog treats have scary ingredients. These DIY dog treats are made with blueberry and coconut and are gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free and soy-free.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
770 calories
124 g
0 g
23 g
21 g
15 g
708 g
37 g
7 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
708g
Yields
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 770
Calories from Fat 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g
35%
Saturated Fat 15g
74%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 37mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 124g
41%
Dietary Fiber 17g
66%
Sugars 7g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
8%
Iron
34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbl. ground flaxseeds
  2. 4 Tbl. water
  3. 1 cup oats
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  5. 1 cup brown rice flour
  6. 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen & thawed)
  7. 1 tsp. maple syrup
  8. 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup water, as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
  2. Stir ground flaxseeds into water and sit aside. It will congeal and get thick.
  3. In a food processor or powerful blender, add oats and coconut.
  4. Process into flour-y powder. Add brown rice flour and blueberries.
  5. As you process this time, the dough will turn a brilliant shade of purple with flecks of white coconut and tan oats.
  6. Pour in the flax mixture and maple syrup, and combine again.
  7. If the dough seems too crumbly to form into balls, add a little water, one tablespoon at a time, until it holds. Don't allow the dough to become too wet or it will be difficult to work with.
  8. Remove dough from the processor or blender. Begin to roll into balls the right size for your dog's treats.
  9. Bake at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes. Larger cookies will need a longer baking time.
  10. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for about 10 to 15 more minutes, so they don't burn your pooch's mouth. Then, treat your best friend to some homemade love!
Notes
  1. You can buy oat flour and coconut flour that is already ground, but they're really pricey. Save money by using the food processor or blender to make your own.
  2. When rolling into balls, use water on your hands to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers. There's a big gap between a teacup chihuahua and a Great Dane, so the size you make the cookies will vary. We have a Greyhound and our treats are about 1 tablespoon each.
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calories
770
fat
23g
protein
21g
carbs
124g
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  1. Pingback: Blueberry Coconut Dog Cookies | the dirty hippie & the bohemian girl

  2. Who knew man’s best friends likes blueberries!? We will be giving our little guy a test run with these blueberry coconut treats!

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  4. I made these today for my 2 big boys and they were a hit! I used coconut flour, maple syrup & a litte honey. Boys loved them. First batch came out chewy, second were crunchier. Not sure what I did differently. Was fun to do. Thanks for the idea!! First time I ever baked for the dogs;)

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