Healthy Dog Biscuit Recipe
With Chia, Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds
The main ingredients in this recipe include chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and oats. All natural and healthy ingredients for dogs.
This dog biscuit recipe is high in dietary fiber, protein, vitamin B6, and trace minerals (e.g. potassium, manganese, magnesium).
Health Benefits of Ingredients
Chia Seeds: These tiny seeds are loaded with nutrients good for dogs (and people). See this page for more information about chia seeds.
Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E and folate - both are essential for heart health. The seeds also contain a good amount of selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant (as is Vitamin E) and is good for thyroid health. As such, feeding sunflower seeds to older dogs is particularly beneficial.
Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium, which is good for heart health, and zinc, which is important if we want a strong immune system. The seeds are also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA). And more, pumpkin seeds are a rich source of an amino acid called tryptophan, which in the body is converted into melatonin (the hormone that promotes sleep). I know, dogs can sleep anywhere anytime and usually don't need any help in this regard; however, some older dogs do need help at night to sleep longer. If you have an older dog, therefore, you may want to feed some pumpkin seeds to your dog before bedtime and see if that helps!
Recipe: Dog Biscuit with Chia Seeds, Sunflower Seeds & Pumpkin Seeds
- Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow the chia seeds to soak up some of the moisture. The result will be a thick dough.
- Spread the dough out on a piece of non-stick parchment paper. Cover the dough with a second sheet of parchment paper.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the dough as thin as possible.
- Remove the top sheet of parchment paper carefully. As the dough is rather sticky due to the chia seeds, be careful not to mess up the thin dough.
- Carefully transfer the dough (with the parchment paper) to a baking sheet.
- Cut the dough into small squares with a sharp knife.
- Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes until brown and crisp.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before breaking them up into small squares.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Instead of chickpea flour, you can use other flours (e.g. spelt flour, brown rice flour).
- Dried herbs (e.g. rosemary, parsley, thyme) can be added to the dough for more flavor and nutrients.
- Depending on the humidity in your house, the baking time can vary. It may take up to 55 minutes to get the biscuits really crispy.
- The dough is sticky and gooey and can be difficult to handle, but with care it can be done - and it's so worth it! Good for us (doggies) and you (humans) too. Share this biscuit with all your family members if you want, but ask your dog for permission first.