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Gluten Free Dog Treats

Recent (necessary) dietary changes for Emi resulted in unwanted weight loss. Due to her abundant allergies and limited food options I was temporarily at a loss on what to feed her to help put some fat back on her quickly. Thankfully her allergy test showed no restrictions on peanut butter or quinoa so I had an idea…

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Here’s the best, gluten free, high fat treat a dog could ever want. She LOVES them, and I have to admit to sneaking one myself they smelled so good!

*Cautionary note – We’ve struggled for a long time with Luca being overweight and are always on the lookout for low fat treat options (more on recent revelations on the cause of this soon). This is NOT a low fat dog treat option!

Now the bonus part – they are SUPER easy to make!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  2. 16 oz jar of peanut butter (*Make sure your peanut butter contains only peanuts, even some of the “healthy/organic” brands slip in palm oil, salt or soy (boo!). I like Meijer Naturals All Natural Peanut Butter – just one ingredient: peanuts!)

Directions:

  1. Overcook the quinoa – you want this super mushy to the point where you can’t tell one seed from another so don’t follow the normal cooking instructions. Use about 4 cups of water and after bringing to a boil simmer for about 45 minutes. Keep an eye on it, you may need to add extra water to keep it from drying out.
  2. Add the whole jar of peanut butter and stir well, should be a rather thick consistency.
  3. Scoop into a mini muffin pan, no need to grease the pan because the peanut butter provides plenty of oil.
  4. Bake on 250 for about 2.5 hours until the goopy mixture hardens up enough to easily remove from the pan
  5. Cool completely before serving

Makes enough for 36 large treats.