Dog Biscuits for Dogs: No Wheat, No Corn, No Soy

Who’s been a good doggie? My girl certainly has. And she certainly deserves these wholesome treats made exclusively for her. Unlike other dog biscuits I posted earlier, these ones are for dogs’ consumption. They are made of brown rice flour, rolled oats, brewers yeast and beef stock. And Lexis finds them delicious.

Lexis is almost 10 months now and what an incredibly smart, loyal, loving and gentle dog she is! She is starting her advance obedience class in a few days. Here, she is demonstrating her “wait”.

Nobody in the family can imagine our life without her. We all became happier and healthier since we’ve got her. Happy New Year, dear!!!

Makes about 20 3-inch cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice flour + more for rolling the dough
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup brewers yeast (can be found in the natural foods isle)
  • About ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley and mint (for fresh breath :)
  • ½ cup beef stock (or chicken stock)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Preparation:

Center the oven rack and preheat the oven to 375F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the rice flour, oats, yeast, and herbs. In a measuring cup, combine the beef stock and olive oil. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. The dough will be slightly sticky, but manageable.

Dust the working surface with some rice flour or line with parchment to prevent sticking. Dust your hands with rice flour and transfer the dough onto the prepared working surface. Flatten into a disk and roll about 1/4-inch thick. Dip your cookie cutter into some flour and cut out as many cookies as you can (press hard to cut through the rolled oats). Gather the scraps and reroll again, repeat until there’s no dough left.

Transfer the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet without leaving much space between them. They won’t spread, they will dry. Bake the cookies for about 17 to 20 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool on the baking sheet on a cooling rack. If the cookies are not crisp throughout, return them to the turned off oven and let them sit there until the oven is cool.

Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.

The recipe is slightly adapted from Lee Wyllie. You should check her web site, she’s got other yummy dog treat recipes there.

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25 Responses to “Dog Biscuits for Dogs: No Wheat, No Corn, No Soy”

  1. What a gorgeously glossy coat Lexis has! What a great recipe for dog biscuits. I love the addition of mint for fresh breath!

  2. You dog must have been very happy! Lexis is beautiful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. What a great recipe, I’m adding it to my facebook right now!

  4. i recently found your blog, and i find it very helpful!
    i think my dog will find this recipe helpful too!
    lexis is such a beautiful dog!!!

  5. Beautiful dog!!!!

  6. Hi there!
    Firstly, Happy New Year. I wish I could reward my cats with a similar treat. As for your dog, she is absolutely gorgeous…so sleek and regal

  7. Lexis is absolutly beautiful! :) Dogs are the best. I have two myself. A German Shepard and a Westhighland White Terrier and they are both snoring right behind me right now. And as you, I couldn’t picture a life without them.
    I don’t think I can make your bisquits though. I simply have no idea where to find brown rice flour or brewers yeast in Denmark. :-/

  8. Thank you, everyone, for your compliments to Lexis! I feel so proud :)

    Pernille, they sure are the best :) I think you can get the yeast from the brewers themselves, try local little companies. As for the rice flour, are there any health/natural/organic food stores nearby?
    Here, there’s a strong belief that wheat is not beneficial for dogs’ digestive system, but if your dogs’ diet already includes wheat in some form and the dogs seem OK, you can substitute the rice flour by the whole wheat flour. Hope, it helps.

  9. This makes me wish I had my dog still =o( Well, everything makes me wish that but these are super cool!

  10. Erin, I am so sorry… I know exactly how you feel… Over 15 years has passed, and I still wish the same.

  11. I am pleased to see that you opt for a no corn or soy dog biscuit. This is something I am familiar with as one my of dogs had developed a sensitivity to soy late in her life. This recipe looks great and so do the results shown in your pictures. Is this a recipe one that you developed yourself through trial and error with Lexis?

    Also, I noticed that you baked these in the oven at 375 degrees for 17-20 and that I know depends on the sheet and oven. Anyway, Have you used the silicone mats at all? I am curious if they affected your ovens’ bake time…Also, are the mats cool to the touch when you bring them out similar to tin-foil?

  12. Wolfgang, I’ve indicated the source of this recipe. It came from one of the dobe owners I know, I just made a few minor adjustments. And the recipe worked well as it was at the very first attempt. I used a silicone mat for the first batch, and baked the second one on parchment. The baking time was the same. Yes, the silicone mats are cool to the touch right from the oven.

  13. I have a dog that is allergic to almost everything and I’m finding it extremely difficult to give him some variety in what I feed him including his treats. I do not bake, so I am wondering if this recipe will work with out brewer’s yeast? (He is allergic to that too)

  14. Sarah, I would substitute the brewers yeast for the same amount of brown rice flour. It should work. Or, you could use oat flour instead.

  15. Hello everyone – thought I’d drop in and say hello and express my gratitude to everyone who enjoyed my recipe for the dog cookies that Vera featured on her website. These cookies are completeley fool-proof and are fun to make and my dogs love them. I also bake them for my clients’ dogs (especially the ones that are sensitive to wheat). Woof!

  16. Hi! I made lots of these dog treats for Valentine’s Day, and gave them out to all of our neighborhood dogs (in all different sizes of heart shaped cookie cutters). Every dog LOVED THEM!! I recently attemped to make another batch of these- and the dough was really dry and extremely hard to work with and when I tried rolling it out- it crumbled and would not stay together. I used the exact same ingredients and measurements too. Do you have any suggestion of something I could do to make it more pliable? Thanks! Debbie

  17. Debbie, I’m glad the dogs loved them! If the dough seems too dry, simply add a little bit more of beef stock, a tablespoon or two at a time. Squeeze a piece of dough and see if it comes together. I’m wondering if the bag with your flour was closed tight enough between these baking sessions?

  18. Thanks- I will try that. I had the flour in a zip-lock bag- but I will buy a new bag of flour in case that was the problem. Thanks for your quick response!

  19. Lexis is such a cute doogie. I have a doberman myself that’s eating her kibble right now. I wonder how those cookies taste to Lexis? I think that Lexis must have a very good appetite!

  20. How long will these treats last? I would like to give them as gifts to my sisters pets at Christmas time since many of them have a wheat allergy. I was thinking of putting them in small food saver bags and vacuum sealing them. I just do not want to make them too far in advanced if they are going to go bad or anything. Thank you!!

  21. Nina, these are dry hard cookies. I bet they can be made well in advance, I would guess a couple of weeks in advance, longer if you substitute stock for water. You can also freeze them sealed and defrost before gift-giving, or freeze them unbaked and bake from the frozen later (a bit longer than stated). Hope it helps.

  22. Thank you for getting back to me! I will try out your suggestions. Btw I made these last night as a trial run for my Christmas baking and my doggies love them! I may just make these for them year round they are very easy and take little time.

  23. Nina, you are very welcome! I’m so glad your doggies loved them! They are my dog’s favorite treats, that’s why I never had a problem of storing them, she eats them fast)

  24. Hello, great idea – your dog is looking very healthy, you must look after her so well. I like the no wheat recipe, but I’m a bit worried that beef or chicken stock will have salt in which is extremely bad for dogs. Is there a no sodium stock I can use?

  25. Aisha, sure I used a no-sodium stock. I should probably add it to the recipe. There are plenty of brands that are offering a no-sodium stock. Thank you for the compliments to my dog, I am flattered.

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