|Barked: Wed Nov 30, '11 6:58am PST |
|I used an old coffee mill to grind up rice to make into cookies for Sassy. If your dog has allergies to wheat you can try grinding rice or oatmeal into a fine enough powder to make cookies. I bet barley or quinoa could be ground as well. Even though the rice particles aren't as fine as flour they absorbed enough water so they weren't raw after baking and the texture was nice, not a solid paste. If a grain or seed doesn't absorb moisture well you could let it sit for a 1/2 hour or so to see if that helps. Dogs don't really care as much about mouth feel as we do anyway so imperfect attempts don't have to go to waste.
4 ounces of rice ground [just about 5/8 cup whole rice]
1 whole egg or 2 egg whites or I suppose you could use 2-3 egg yolks
4 ounces chicken/pork/beef/lamb/turkey/goose well you get the idea liver
1 or less clove of garlic
Puree the liver and garlic together, mix in egg and flour
Spread in a very well greased or parchment paper lined 8"x8" pan and bake until done at 350*F, about 15-20 minutes. I just baked until set in the middle like bar cookies.
You can use any wet stuff you like instead of liver. Sassy got oyster cookies [they were green!] and banana cookies dusted with cinnamon [no garlic!]. Pumpkin would be great, could try with plain meat baby food.
I left these as moist bars but you could cut them and rebake to make doggy biscotti I suspect.
I tried making cookies with no grain a few months ago, that worked well too. Just use half low calorie very well cooked veggies like zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, spinach instead the grain. 4 ounces of veggies, 4 ounces of meaty stuff and an egg with garlic for flavoring if you like.
The blender is the best tool for making any dog cookies. Unfortunately it is a real bad idea to have the dog help clean up by licking the blender out! The last couple times I used it to make dog cookies I put some water and yogurt in the blender, whirled, and put it into an ice cube tray. Doggy frozen delights for free!
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