Try these chia seed dog treats if you want to make something special for your dog that’s healthy as well!
This recipe for chia seed dog treats started out as my grandma’s favourite recipe for dog biscuits. She’s a big dog lover and often sells her dog treats at the local farmer’s market in her town, so I asked her if she would mind sharing her favourite recipe with me.
Chuckers absolutely loves homemade dog treats more than just about anything else, so I wanted to make some for him the other day, but I was out of eggs. This is never a problem for me these days when I do my baking because I just use my chia seed egg replacement trick instead, but I wanted to make sure that chia seeds were OK for dogs before I added them to this recipe.
It turns out that chia seeds are super healthy for dogs and the Omega 3’s in chia seeds are great for their coats. So that’s how this chia seed dog treat recipe came to be!
Chia Seed Dog Treat Recipe
This is a perfect little treat for your furry friends if you want to make them something nice for Valentine’s Day. Just use a heart-shaped cookie cutter along with the regular dog bone shaped cookie cutters!
To make these chia seed dog treats you’ll need:
- -Whole grain flour (whole wheat or whole grain spelt work best)
- –Chia seeds
- -A bit of water
- -Olive oil
- -Veggie broth or beef broth
Back when my grandpa used to hunt, my grandma would use the “moose juice” in place of the broth and she says the dogs used to absolutely love that. She also sometimes uses the leftover juices from cooking a roast or a stew.
Easy to Make
These dog treats really couldn’t be easier. You’ll just need to mix everything together to form a dough. I used a stand mixer and that made the dough come together really perfectly, but you can mix by hand as well, of course.
Roll the dough out and cut it with the cookie cutter of your choice. I used dog bone shapes along with a few different sized heart cookie cutters just to be festive. 🙂
Bake your dog treats at 300 degrees on parchment-lined baking sheets for about 30 minutes, or until they’re firm.
Here’s the full printable version of the recipe!
- 2 cups Whole grain flour (whole wheat or spelt are best)
- 3 tbsp Ground chia seeds Use coffee grinder to grind seeds
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1.5 cups Veggie or beef broth
- 3 tbsp Water
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine chia seeds with water and let stand for about 30 seconds.
Combine flour, chia/water mixture, and oil in the bowl of a stand mixer.
With the stand mixer running on low, slowly pour in the broth, adding just enough so that mixture comes together as a dough. It may take a little less than the 1.5 cups, so keep an eye on it.
Roll the dough out on a lightly-floured surface and cut out the shapes with cookies cutters of your choice. No need to chill the dough before rolling!
Bake the treats on parchment-lined baking sheets for about 30 minutes or until they're firm.
Be sure to let them cool completely before feeding them to you dog!
Do you make homemade dog treats for your dog? Definitely try this recipe out if you haven’t made them yet!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.