Grain Free Gingerbread Dog Cookies

I wanted to create a high protein, grain free cookie that my dogs could enjoy for the holidays. The aromatic spices are safe for dogs in small amounts, and good for the digestive system. I used oat flour to roll out the dough, though you could use tapioca, coconut or another flour for a 100% grain free cookie.

Ground red lentils made for a festive, dense cookie, but next time I’d try with a lighter flour. The dogs really seem to like these just as they are, and they smell pretty good, too.

I cut them thick, and they stayed soft in the middle. They were more like mini meatloaves, and did not rise or spread.

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato

1 pound red lentils

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

Step 1: Brown beef in a skillet. Chill for at least 1 hour, uncovered, in the fridge.

Step 2: Chop sweet potato and boil for 20 minutes. Chill, remove skin.

Step 3: Mix beef, potato and egg.

Step 4: Mix spices, baking soda and baking powder.

Step 5: Grind red lentils into a powder using a coffee grinder or food processor.

Step 6: Mix lentil flour in, then let rest for 20 minutes while lentils soak in liquid ingredients.

Step 7: Form into a ball, then flatten with your palm to 1/4 inch. Cut into cookies and place on greased cookie sheet or parchment paper.

Step 8: If more flour is needed to roll out, grind oatmeal into oat flour or use a grain-free flour alternative like coconut flour, tapioca flour, etc.

Step 9: Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grain free gingerbread cookies for dogs recipe

Lindsay Pevny
Lindsay Pevny lives to help pet parents make the very best choices for their pets by providing actionable, science-based training and care tips and insightful pet product reviews.

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