One great aspect of cooking your own dog treats is the flexibility and control you have with the recipe.
Dogs, just like people, can have allergies and diet restrictions. Fortunately, most recipes can be altered in your kitchen to meet your pup’s needs.
My dog, Banjo, doesn’t have many restrictions when it comes to her snacks, so I was able to substitute all-purpose flour (which is all I had on hand) for the oat flour originally called for in this homemade pretzel recipe for dogs.
However, if your dog has allergies or restrictions, you can consider using oat flour, chickpea flour, quinoa flour, etc.
Just remember when you make small changes that you might need to slightly adjust other ingredients to maintain the right level of moisture to create a perfect kneading dough or cookie dough/batter.
Pretzel Recipe for Dogs
- 1 egg
- 2 cups oat flour
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ⅓ cup carob powder
- Boiling water
- Heat your oven to 350 F.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats and applesauce.
- Reserve 1 tablespoon of the beaten egg and add the remainder to the dough. If you use a stand mixer, you may have to switch to the dough hook.
- Your dough should be tacky but not sticky. Add more flour or water as needed to reach the right consistency.
- Using about 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll the dough into a thin, round strip about 10 inches long.
- Form the strips of dough into pretzel shapes and place them on a nonstick baking sheet.
- Brush the remaining tablespoon of beaten egg over the tops of the pretzels. (This is an optional step, but it will create a glossy finish on your baked treats.)
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and sprinkle the shredded cheddar over as many pretzels as you’d like. (You may omit this step if you don’t want to add any toppings.)
- Bake for another 5 minutes.
- If you’d like to include a carob coat to some of your pretzels, follow these directions: After allowing the pretzels to cool, create a carob dipping sauce by slowly adding boiling water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to your carob powder. Once the mixture has reached a thick, drizzling consistency, you can dip as many of your pretzels as you’d like into the mix. Allow them to cool and set completely before feeding to your dog.
I love soft pretzels. Whether they’re sweet and dipped in a cinnamon glaze or salty and accompanied by melted cheese, soft pretzels are a weakness for me.
And apparently that love runs in the family — Banjo was all too happy to gobble hers up in a single slobbery bite.
Adapted from: The Cookie Rookie