Healthy rolled oats, nutritious chicken bone broth, whole egg, fresh parsley and sweet applesauce make this recipe a firm favorite in our house.
If you're looking for wholesome, hearty, nutritionally dense dog treats these fit the bill perfectly!
For dogs who have trouble with gluten, oats are a home-run as long as you make sure their is no cross-contamination where they're processed. Red Mill oats (and oat flour) are one of the brands that are perfect in this respect.
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/3 to 1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup chicken bone broth (preferably without salt/seasoning)
2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
This recipe makes approx. sixteen 3 1/2" to 4" dog bone shaped treats.
Preheat oven to 325F
Line baking tray with parchment or silicone baking mat
Put 2 cups of rolled oats, bone broth, egg, applesauce, parsley and salt into large bowl and mix together well
Add remaining 1/2 cup of oats and mix in thoroughly
Add 1/3 cup oat flour a little at a time, mixing it in well as you go
Add the rest of the oat flour
Knead and work the mixture for a couple of minutes
Leave dough for another 2 - 3 minutes and it should be workable
Turn dough out onto floured wax paper
Use your hands to press to about 1/2" thickness
Don't panic when this mixture doesn't look like 'dough', you didn't do anything wrong. Because the rolled oats take a while to absorb the fluid in the other ingredients it's a slower process with this recipe.
As you add the oat flour and work with this mixture it will firm up, it's actually easier to work with than it appears at first.
Use a cookie cutter to make treats into the shape you want
Bake treats at 325F for 25 minutes
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely
Store in airtight container for up to a week in the pantry, or 10 days in the refrigerator
Thicker treats work better with this recipe as if you make the dough less than about 1/2" thick it can break up as you cut it. Plus, I love the thick, hearty appearance of this dough and my dogs love the extra 'bite' to them.
Nutrition Facts Per Treat:
Servings: 16 (one treat per serving)
Serving size: 30 g
Calories per serving: 53
Total Fat: 1.6 g Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Total Carbohydrates: 11.6 g Dietary Fiber 2.5 g Total Sugars 0.5 g