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I’ve ordered flour three weeks in a row in my grocery delivery.
And yet, here we are, out of flour. This grocery shortage is something else, guys! I’d do things I should be ashamed of for a little bread yeast.
I get it. We’ve never had more time to get in the kitchen and bake for ourselves, our family, and our dogs. When the world seems uncertain, there is something about the warm reassurance and sense of accomplishment baking brings me. It’s cozy. It’s comforting. And it’s delicious.
Plus, with me working from home, Kolchak’s snack requirements have multiplied exponentially. He says Nana is very generous with the snacks and that I am a miser. He pretends to be S T A R V I N G most of the time. I’ve had to increase my baking efforts just to keep up with his demands. But baking without flour presented me an interesting challenge this week: how could I make a homemade dog treat my dog would love without it?
Spoiler alert: I did it.
These wheat-free and egg-free chicken dog treats are made with a mix of chickpeas, oatmeal, ground chicken, and herbs. Oh and love (that’s the secret ingredient). *sentimental tear* JK. I would never, but I read a recipe for banana bread this week that said that in earnest and I can’t get it out of my head.
This homemade dog treat recipe was inspired by another grocery order snafu. I had requested meat counter ground chicken; what I got is this tube of Maple Leaf lean ground chicken. With no offense intended to tube chicken, it’s not my jam. It’s a really fine grind that is great for things like meatballs, but not great for what I wanted to make (chicken tacos). Luckily, it’s also perfect for using in DIY dog treats.
Kolchak LOVED them.
I mean, he’s a puggle and a certified food-hound, so he loves a lot of things, but these were a pretty big hit.
The only problem with this recipe is that it makes…a lot of treats. Like A LOT. Like with the cookie cutter I used, I ended up with 8 dozen cookies and no available freezer space. Whoops! If you don’t have a way to preserve these (such as popping them into the dehydrator to make them shelf-stable or the freezer to use as needed), you might want to half the recipe and use the leftover chickpeas to make yourself some green goddess hummus. I packaged up my extras and shared them with the other doggos in our apartment building. I really miss petting all the dogs right now and it was a nice way to show them I was thinking of them and their snuggles until we meet again.