Calming Dog Biscuit Recipe
With Oats, Chamomile, and Pumpkin Seeds
The main ingredients in this recipe include oats, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, and chamomile - All natural and healthy ingredients for dogs. In particular, chamomile has calming effects so this biscuit is especially good for dogs who tend to be high-strung or overly active.
This dog biscuit recipe is low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and trace minerals (e.g. phosphorus and selenium).
Health Benefits of Ingredients
- Oats: Oats are rich in fiber, which slows down digestion rate and enhances the absorption of tryptophan - Tryptophan is an amino acid essential for the production of serotonin (nature’s very own anti-depressant).
- Chamomile: This herb is well known for its calming and relaxing effects. Having a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime can make you sleep better!
- Blueberries: Blueberries contain a lot vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which help protect the body from stress.
- Pumpkin Seeds: They contain vitamin E, L-tryptophan and glutamate. Glutamate is required in the synthesis of GABA, an anti-stress neurochemical. Pumpkin seeds also contain selenium, the deficiency of which can lead to increased anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Recipe: Dog Biscuit with Oats, Chamomile & Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 4 tablespoons unsalted raw pumpkin seeds, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup freeze dried blueberries
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix oat flour and pumpkin seeds.
- Open a chamomile teabag and add content to the oat mixture.
- Add yogurt and honey. Mix well.
- Add blueberries and mix.
- Knead a few times until you have a dough ball. Add more water if dough is too dry.
- 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.
- Make sure that the chamomile teabag contains only the herb chamomile.
- Fresh or frozen blueberries can also be used. Be sure to thaw out the frozen berries first!
- If fresh or frozen berries are used, you may need adjust the amount of flour (add more) or yogurt (add less).
- Instead of honey, blackstrap molasses can be used.