Since we were stuck inside this weekend due to below zero wind chills, plus being Valentine’s weekend, I thought it would be a good time to bake something special for the dogs!
Since doing a little research on Sheba’s cancer, it came to my attention that there are special diets for dogs with cancer. As far as we know, Sheba’s cancer is all removed and not active, but it’s something I was interested in anyway, just in case. It turns out low carbohydrate, high protein is the recommendation. The dogs are already on a grain free kibble, but they do get treats with grains. When I saw a recipe on Facebook for some grain free treats, I thought why not give them a try?
I didn’t have the coconut flour the recipe called for, so ended up substituting brown rice flour, taking away the grain free aspect! But it does turn out that brown rice flour has a lower glucose content, so it’s still better than other flours.
My kitchen helpers aren’t interested in helping, they just want to go outside into the frigid cold!
This recipe was simple, which I always prefer! Here are the ingredients that I used:
- 1 1/2 cups organic brown rice flour ( the original recipe called for 1 cup of coconut flour – I found the batter too runny so had to add more flour)
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup mashed blueberries
- 1/2 cup mashed bananas (1 medium size banana gave me about the right amount)
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cup warm water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. The original recipe says to add more water if it’s too dry, but I had to add more flour to thicken it. It also says to roll out the dough to cut out shapes, but honestly, I couldn’t get it thick enough to do that, so ended up just doing dropped spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. It’s easier anyway, and the dogs don’t care what shape they are! Bake in the oven for 22 minutes.
These made pretty good size cookies (human size), and these are high in calories. I got 30 cookies, and by my calculations they could have approximately 60 calories per cookie. Yikes! Luckily, they are soft so easy to break into pieces. I also froze half the batch so they will be saved for special treats. I bet if you’re creative you could find a way to cut the calories though….I may try that in the future.
NOW they want to help! You can smell the peanut butter when they’re cooking. The dogs went nuts for these (excuse the pun there)….even Sheba got grabby when waiting for her piece, and she almost never does that!
I want to give credit where it’s due, and if you’d like to find the original recipe, you can find that on K9 Instinct.com by clicking here, along with lots of other great recipes and information.
Quick update on Sheba: She couldn’t get all the stitches out yesterday because she’s still getting some fluid in there. But it’s coming along, and the vet thought everything looked good. She had one small separate area of stitches and she was able to get those out. Her weight was perfect, right where it always is, so I’m happy about that (I thought she looked skinny but I guess that’s just because of her shaved fur!).