Grain-Free Almond Delight Dog Treat Recipe
Next up in my adventures in grain-free baking is almond flour. After baking with almond flour, my house smelled amazing! But it’s not just the smell that makes my Grain-Free Almond Delight Dog Treat Recipe a must-try – almond flour (or almond meal, as it’s also called) offers a good amount of manganese and vitamin E, a healthy serving of monounsaturated fats and protein, and is low in carbohydrates and gluten-free. I’ve also added coconut old, quinoa flour and carrot to this recipe. Both almond butter and milk are included, but can be substituted with peanut butter and water.
Why Grain-Free For Dogs?
You might ask why so many dog foods and treats are labeled ‘grain-free’ and it’s because there’s a lot of science that supports grains leading to gut dysbiosis, obesity, chronic inflammation and more.
What is a mycotoxin in dog food or treats? They’re basically the toxic byproduct of a fungus or a mold. Mycotoxins will contaminate grain crops before they are harvested or after they are stored (especially in mass quantities like feed ingredients often are). They are most commonly found in barley, wheat, corn, soybean and cottonseed as well as beets and peanuts. Mycotoxins can often affect other foods that are common ingredients in dog foods and treats: pearl millet, rice, sunflower seed sna dorghum.
A well-known (and very dangerous) mycotoxin is aflatoxin. Experts consider it one of the most naturally occurring carcinogenic we know of. Think about how many dogs these days end up with cancers? Guess what a survey that took place in 2004-2013 found? Mycotoxin contamination in over 75% of the samples they took of grains and byproducts that were going to be used in animal foods.
The saying, “You are what you eat,” may never have had more meaning. A major target for aflatoxins is in your dog’s liver. That’s a huge problem because that can create immunosuppression and toxicity–your dog’s liver is designed to filter and help prevent those things from happening. In the United States, human and pet foods are not allowed to have more than 20ug of mycotoxin per kg found. The problem is that grains typically contain several different types of mycotoxins that interact with each other as nasty toxins are prone to do and increased toxicity can occur. This exposure can build up in your pet over time.
So what do many pet-parents do as an alternative? They look for low-grain or grain-free dog foods and treats. They look for ingredients that have been tested and verified and many make treats and foods themselves. Just like with this amazing recipe your dog won’t even even believe is that delicious. And you know what? They are that delicious–and human-grade ingredients means you can try them too. Just save some for your dog!
Grain-Free Almond Delight Dog Treat Recipe
Makes 20 cookies
1 cup almond flour
1 cup quinoa flour
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup almond or peanut butter
1/4 cup almond milk or water
1 shredded carrot
- Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir almond and quinoa flour together. In a smaller bowl, mix egg, melted coconut oil, almond or peanut butter, carrot and almond milk or water.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients together in the larger bowl. Mix until a moist dough forms.
- Roll dough into a ball and cover in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Roll dough out onto parchment on counter. Using rolling pin, roll out to ½-inch thickness and cut out using cookie cutters.
- Place in oven and bake in oven for 20-25 until golden brown. Allow to cool and store in air tight container. Keep in refrigerator or freezer.
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Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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