Bake up an allergy free dog treats recipe that is pup-approved and grain-free specifically made for dogs with allergies. These treats feature apples, bananas, pumpkin and carrots.
My golden retriever Indy developed food allergies early on as a puppy.
First it was an allergy to chicken, then grains.
The itchy skin, scratching and infected ears gave it away.
We went through a long trial of allergy testing trying an elimination diet and eliminating ingredients one by one.
Dogs who have food sensitivities require a lot of patience and love.
For some of our furry friends, they require a novel protein.
Others may need a special diet, like hypoallergenic dog food or a grain-free diet.
My other dog Riley is a senior and takes medication for normal liver function.
As such he must eat a low protein diet.
Luckily he does not suffer from a sensitive stomach and will eat anything, even grain-free dog treats.
How to make this allergy free dog treats recipe that all dogs and pet parents love
Finding the right hypoallergenic dog treat recipe for dogs with allergies that works for both dogs has been a challenge.
I’ve searched high and low for the right natural ingredients in my dogs’ treats with very little options.
So I decided to take matters into my own hands and create homemade treats both dogs would love and appreciate.
Regular flour was out.
In researching a specific ingredient, I discovered coconut flour to be grain free.
Another option is oat flour if you are looking for grain-free healthy ingredients.
I also took a closer look at what my dogs could eat and used several common ingredients in my dog cookies recipe that are safe and allergy friendly.
What tasty treat can you give dogs with allergies?
I knew I could create an easy recipe for the boys that were better than anything I could find in a pet store.
We go through a lot of treats for training and good behavior.
Indy gets a scoop of unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil on his food in the morning so I knew coconut flour would be safe for him.
Apples and carrots are safe as is pumpkin puree. Now I needed a binder.
Because eggs are a no-no on the list of ingredients, I used mashed ripe bananas.
You can substitute two eggs for banana if your dog is not allergic.
Also, if your furry friend can have peanut butter or nut butters, adding a spoonful helps bind the batter.
Mixing everything together was easy. Coconut flour is made from defatted coconut meat.
It is gluten-free, high in fiber and is a great alternative to whole wheat flour.
It does require a higher ratio of liquids when baking so add more water to the recipe if needed.
I scooped out handfuls of the dough to flatten before using a dog shaped or dog bone cookie cutter to shape out the grain-free treats.
To be honest, I ended up skipping the cookie cutter and just scooping by rounded tablespoon and placing on baking sheets before sticking them in the oven.
Why? Because my dogs really don’t care what they look like. As long as they’re delicious they are happy.
They took 25 minutes in the oven to bake to a light golden color.
Indy and Riley offered their help in the kitchen throughout the entire process. They were more than willing to be taste testers.
Be sure to make a special treat for your humans too
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
- White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies
- Copycat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
- Soft Batch Oatmeal Carrot Cake Cookies
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Dog Treat Recipe for Dogs with Allergies (Grain Free)
- 1 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet.
- Use a mixer and large bowl to blend together the coconut flour, banana, apple sauce, pumpkin, grated carrots and water. The mixture will be slightly crumbly. Use a cookie scoop and roll small amounts of the dough in your hands into a circle. Alternately, you can flatten out a large ball of the dough and use a cookie cutter. (My dogs don’t care if their treats are shaped like bones or dogs.)
- Arrange the dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Allow the homemade dog biscuits to completely cool before refrigerating in an airtight container.
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