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Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of dinner party season. For the next 5 weeks there will be more family and holiday parties than you can shake a stick at. Wondering what to give your hostess with the mostess can add to this already stressful time. As a frequent hostess and dog owner, I can tell you gifts for the four-legged members of the family will win you major gluten-free brownie points. It’s nice to know our friends and family understand how important our pets are and that they aren’t judging our borderline obsessive behavior. So why not bring the best gift ever and make homemade dog biscuits.  

Some may wonder why make the dog biscuits gluten and dairy free. There are several reasons why this is a good idea, (1) it enables those with extreme gluten and dairy sensitivities to safely make them, (2) it makes it safe to give to others with food allergies, (3) they’re great for dogs with food allergies, (4) and if you’re like me you don’t have wheat flour in the house to bake with anyways. These biscuits can also be made vegetarian so they can be enjoyed by your vegetarian friend’s vegetarian dog. These treats are fast and easy to make and they’ll earn you the title of favorite house guest.

Gluten and Dairy Free Dog Treats 

  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the cornmeal, vegetable oil, rice and garlic in a bowl together.

In a small sauce pan bring the chicken broth to a boil and pour over the cornmeal mixture.

Make the mixture into small balls and then flatten them.

Bake for 30 minutes. Allow them to cool completely before serving and store in the refrigerator.

Makes 2 dozen dog treats

Note: For the vegetarian version use vegetable broth or water in place of the chicken broth. They have also been animal tested and Noodles, our dog, gives them two paws up.