Apple Dog Biscuit Recipe
The main ingredients in this recipe are all natural, gluten-free, and good for dogs; they include brown rice flour, apples, and coconut oil and flakes. The biscuits are easy to make and most dogs enjoy the tastes of apples and coconut.
Fall is the season for apples! We can make so many different delicious desserts with apples, but don't forget Fido!
But wait a minute, you said... Some sites on the Internet say apples are bad for dogs! Is that right?
Glad you asked!
Apples are totally safe for dogs if you don't let them eat the core. The seeds contain a form of cyanide that is poisonous BUT only if ingested in high doses. (Let's face it - who would give large amounts of apple seeds to dogs?)
The bottom line is, a seed here and there won't do your dog any harm, but to be on the safe side, always remove the stem and core of an apple before feeding it to your dog.
Health Benefits of Ingredients
- Apples: Apples contain a rich source of heart-healthy antioxidants. They also have anti-inflammatory properties because they are rich in quercetin. Therefore, for dogs that are prone to develop inflammatory problems (e.g. allergies, joint pain and problems, etc.), apples are an excellent addition to their diets.
In addition, in people, apples have been found to have anti-cancer properties. In particular, they seem to be able to lower the risks of developing lung cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer in humans.
Last but definitely not least, apples have been found to be able to prevent or delay the onset of several age-related health problems, such as macular degeneration of the eye and neurodegenerative problems (e.g. Alzheimer's disease).
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil also has numerous health benefits for dogs (and people). See this page on my other website for more information.
Recipe: Apple Dog Biscuit Recipe with Coconut
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- ½ cup natural unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons organic unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix rice flour, coconut flakes, and cinnamon.
- Add applesauce and honey. Mix well.
- Knead a few times until you have a dough ball.
- Put the dough between 2 sheets of saran wrap and roll out to about 1/4" thick.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes.
- Put cut-out biscuits onto the baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes.
- Let cool and store in an airtight container.
- You can replace brown rice flour with other healthy flours such as chickpea flour.
- Sometimes when I have an upset tummy and mild diarrhea (yikes!), my mom would give me applesauce. She says it contains something called "pectin", which is a natural fibrous thingy that can tighten bowels. Don't expect it to work like magic though - usually my poop will return to solid form within 3 days after taking applesauce! Not bad considering it's so yummy!