Gluten-Free Dog Cookie Recipe

With Sunflower Seed Butter

This dog cookie recipe is very easy to make; with simple yet healthy ingredients such as chickpea flour, flax seed meal, and sunflower seed butter. Gluten-free and grain-free!

These dog cookies are low in fat, high in dietary fiber, as well as rich in B vitamins (especially B1 and B6), vitamin E, iron, magnesium, and manganese.

Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

Dog Cookies with Chickpea Flour and Sunflower Seed Butter Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, a fat soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E is also anti-inflammatory; therefore, it is good for dogs with health issues where free radicals and inflammation are the main culprits, such as osteoarthritis, rheaumatoid arthritis, asthma, and cancer.

In addition, sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium, which is necessary for healthy bones and energy production. Magnesium also has nerve calming effects, because it blocks calcium from rushing into the nerve cell, "waking up" and activating the nerve.

Moreover, sunflower seeds are a good source of the trace mineral selenium, which is also an antioxidant that is particularly useful in cancer prevention.

As you can see, sunflower seeds and the seed butter can benefit all dogs, and in particular older dogs due to the seeds' anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Recipe: Dog Cookies with Sunflower Seed Butter



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix chickpea flour and flaxseed meal.
  3. Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Mix well.
  4. Knead a few times until you have a dough ball.
  5. Put the dough between 2 sheets of saran wrap and roll out to about 1/4" thick.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.
  7. Put cut-out biscuits onto the baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
  8. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • If you don't have sunflower seed butter, other nut butters (e.g. peanut butter, almond butter) can also be used. Just make sure that the butter is 100% pure and unsweetened.
  • Don't forget to beg your mom to let you lick the butter off the spoon. (BUT don't swallow the spoon!)