Healthy dog treats - Organic anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, grain and gluten free - yummy! September 23 2013, 1 Comment

Upon finding out that my trusted chicken jerky treat, by Dogswell, had been recalled, I decided it was time to start baking my own. One of my dogs, Bunny, has severe allergies and has actually had anaphylaxis twice. So, feeding her a healthy diet has been paramount to maintaining her good health. Aside from baking treats, I cook for my three dogs daily. I've been doing this for a number of years, also based on Bunny's allergies. I will be blogging about healthy balanced dinners, nutritionally sound for dogs. Today, I'd like to share with you a recipe for an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant treat that my dogs just love!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

2 tbsp flax seed, whole seed freshly ground

2 tbsp chia seed, whole seed freshly ground

1 tbsp Marmite (yeast spread)

1 tsp  organic unsulphured Blackstrap molasses (please omit if your dog has cancer, bacterial infection, is on anti-biotics)

1 cup water

1 heaped tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp kelp

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and stir. I prefer to use freshly ground flax and chia seed and use a coffee grinder for this. Heat up cup of water and add Marmite, Blackstrap molasses and coconut oil, stir until blended. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until fully blended. Lightly grease baking tray with some coconut oil and place rolled out and cut dough to tray. Put in pre-heated to 350 degrees oven for approximately 20 minutes (time may vary depending on how thick/thin you roll the dough).

A little about the ingredients:

Coconut flour is a great alternative to gluten flours, it has fewer digestible carbs than other flours. It contains protein, iron and a high percent of dietary fiber. Extra fiber in your dogs diet helps digestion and elimination therefore helping in absorption of vitamins and minerals and in detoxing. Filling but not fattening.

Buckwheat flour, even though it's name says "wheat" it is actually a gluten free flour. Made from a fruit seed, buckwheat is often mistakenly thought of as a grain. Rich in flavonoids; phytonutrients that protect against diseases by extending vitamin C absorption. Also a high fiber and low carb flour, buckwheat contains protein and the calories all come from this protein, not carbohydrates. It  contains magnesium, phosphorus for healthy bones and teeth, copper and iron for red blood cell production. Vitamins that it contains are all fat soluble, 3 B vitamins and thiamin for healthy circulation.

Flax seed has many benefits, it's anti inflammatory properties are well documented in fighting allergies, bowel disease, skin problems, arthritis, and cancer. Loaded with omega 3 fatty acids flax seed helps in the fight against weakened immune systems.

Chia seeds are becoming very popular for humans and why not dogs too! containing omega 3's and 6's and large amounts of protein, fiber, calcium and iron, along with magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc and boron. This all adds up to healthy cells, brain and eye development, joints, immune system and skin and coat.

Marmite is high in niacin (vitamin B3) B12 and brewers yeast. Studies reveal that Marmite can ward off infection, B3 boosts white blood cells to fight off bacteria. Also rich in omega fatty acids and anti-oxidants, brewers yeast helps ward off fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and biting insects. Great too for dogs that have high stress/anxiety as it helps balance hormones related to stress.

Blackstrap molasses is full of vitamins and minerals, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, chromium, copper, selenium, protein and B vitamins. A superfood indeed! Used especially and effectively for treatment of arthritis.

Coconut oil, virgin, unrefined and organic contains lauric acid, noted for anti cancer properties. Great for digestion, skin, coat, metabolism and digestive issues.

Kelp, this seaweed is rich in minerals and salts. Great for the endocrine system and therefore metabolism. Helps to keep fleas and ticks at bay as well as being a huge benefit for dogs with allergies. Rich in iron, iodine and amino acids it fortifies the blood and helps boost the immune system.

Cumin and turmeric are known for their anti-inflammatory, anti cancer, anti-oxidant properties.

Please check with your vet when feeding anything new.