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Make Your Own Vegan Dog Treats

Dog Treats for our Spoiled DogBack in May, we adopted the most amazing dog in the world.  His name is Louis, and we’re pretty sure he’s half Chihuahua half Pekingese.  And all adorable.  And most importantly for this blog, he is 100% vegan.

And today, we’re making vegan dog treats!  Our dog cannot get enough of these things.  And, because we spoil him rotten, we cannot get enough of giving them to him.  Oh well, at least we’re all happy.

Dog Treats for our Spoiled Dog

If you want to make Vegan Dog Treats, too, you’re gonna need:

1/2 cup soy flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup dried parsley
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

So now you’re going to:

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.  Lightly grease two cookie sheets.
2.  In a large bowl, whisk together soy flour, cornmeal, dried parsley, and 1 cup of all-purpose flour.
3.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the stock and canola oil.  Mix until combined.
4.  Add peanut butter and additional 3/4 cup flour and mix with a wooden spoon until combined.  If the dough becomes too stiff to stir, use your hands to knead it until everything is thoroughly combined.
5.  Turn the dough out onto a clean counter, and use a rolling pin to roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.
6.  Use mini cookie cutters to cut out individual cookies and place them on the prepared cookie sheets.

Dog Treats for our Spoiled Dog
Dog Treats for our Spoiled Dog7.  Bake the cookies for 20-25 minutes, or until very well done.  Be careful not to burn them, but they can certainly get a little dark.
8.  Air dry on wire racks for at least 8 hours before serving.

OK, so let’s talk about these things.  First, you want to be sure to take the cookie size into account when baking.  If your dog is a bull mastiff, it’s totally fine to make really big cookies for him or her.  Just increase the baking time to 30 minutes or so.

Also, storage can be a little tricky.  In the summer in the South, it gets humid.  So humid, in fact, that these cookies don’t harden at room temp like they’re supposed to.  The first batch of these we made molded in their jar in less than a week.  The second ones, we baked a second time (a la biscotti), and had slightly better results.  This time around, however, we aren’t taking any chances.  After the 8 hour cooling period, we store these cookies in a tight-sealing jar in the freezer.

Dog Treats for our Spoiled DogThis seems to have done the trick, and our wacky dog seems to like the frozen treats even more than room-temperature ones.  So that’s what we’d recommend.  Just look at that happy, spoiled dog.

Dog Treats for our Spoiled DogAnd here, because I’m just sure that you want to see as much of Louis as I do, is a video I made of him eating these treats.  This was my first foray into film making/editing, and I know it’s not the best quality, but I think you get the picture.

Vegan Dog Treats for our Spoiled Chihuahua from Ian Grout on Vimeo.

OK, so I know that saying that my dog is vegan is a kind of hot-button announcement to make, and if you have any questions about how you can have a happy, healthy vegan dog, you’re welcome to email me at SugarbombBakery@Yahoo.com.  Please don’t, however, leave negative comments on this blog post.  I’d love to facilitate discussion, but I really don’t want to start an ideological battle.  So let’s all be nice, OK?  Thank you.

And, lest I take myself too seriously, here’s Louis one more time.

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