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Spring…A Welcomed Season After A Long Winter


After being buried in the snow in Kansas City for the last few weeks and cold temperatures, we had a spring-like day and you can bet I was going to take advantage of it!  The “kids” and I headed outside for fun in the sun and little did they know, yummy treats were in order.

I am always looking for healthier snacks for our “Cainine Kiddos” (I know “Cainine is spelled wrong, but not for me…check out my last name) 😉 . 

We have three very pampered pooches who have sensitive tummies and allergies so we have to be very careful what we feed them.  Have you read the ingredients lately on the box of dog treats lately?  Scary business!

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So before we venture into the kitchen, I thought I would head outside on this beautiful spring day to get some fresh air and play a little with my 3 pooches! 


Meet My Dogs:  Nikki, Andy & Smokie


So after a long winter indoors with minimal exercise, we decided to get this spring season kicked off right! We headed outdoors to play a little fetch!  

I always liked the saying that a dog doesn’t stop playing when he gets old, a dog gets old when he stops playing!  (Think about that one for a moment) :)

So here are my dogs: Nikki, Andy & Smokie ready for some fun on this amazing spring day! 

How To Make Gluten Free Holistic Dog Treats |

Oh, the anticipation!  Nikki and Andy getting ready. 

 How To Make Gluten Free Holistic Dog Treats |

Here we go!  Nice catch Nikki! 😆

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Andy going for it! 😮  

 How To Make Gluten Free Holistic Dog Treats |

 Way to guard the compost bins, Smokie!

He has other talents, catching a ball or frisbee isn’t one of them. 😕 

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Time to rest while I head into the kitchen to make some treats.


Lets Make Some Holistic Dog Treats!


Now that the “kids” are resting, it’s time for me to head into the kitchen to whip up a batch of my pooches favorite dog treats!  

I think you all are going to me amazed how easy it is to make these delicious treats.  An added bonus is that it won’t cost you hardly anything to make a batch of these cookies, making these dog treats an incredibly thrifty choice!

This recipe has six simple ingredients:  Raw or Organic milk, brown rice flour, sea salt, raw honey, pastured eggs and organic pumpkin.  

Wow, could it be any simpler? So lets whip up this batch together!  Your 4 legged friends are going to go CRAZY for these!


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Needless to say, the “Cainine Kiddos” were ready for their special snacks.


How To Make Gluten Free Canine Cookies
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Recipe adapted from Simmer Till Done
Serves: 50 medium cookie treats
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoons of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons of raw honey
  • 3-4 cups of brown rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons of raw milk or organic milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix eggs, sea salt, raw honey and organic pumpkin until smooth in a large bowl.
  3. Add in brown rice flour a little bit at a time with a spatula or hands until dough is stiff.
  4. Press dough on a floured surface using brown rice flour (may need to add in more brown rice flour and knead). Press out with hands or rolling pin.
  5. Cut out with any type of cookie cutter. Put on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. May poke holes with a fork for a pattern.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip cookies and bake for another 15-20 minutes. (adjust times times for consistency of cookies, less time for softer ones).
  8. Allow to cool on a cooling rack before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 treat


What are the indgredients in your pet’s treats?

About Rhonda Cain

Working in health care for over 17 years, I thought I had always lived a fairly healthy lifestyle. Almost 3 years ago I embarked on a journey and soon realized everything I had been taught to better health was actually the culprit of many of my problems. In the process of changing to eating whole, organic foods, researching how it effect our lives, my eyes were opened to "green living". I began to venture out in my great city, Kansas City, which I have lived in for over 20 years, and have met some amazing people setting the pace for a local movement in the food and environment awareness scene. My goal is to educate people "living green" can be much more than recycling cans and paper; it can lead to good eats and a healthier lifestyle.

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10 thoughts on “Stepping Into Spring With Your Canine Friends And A Holistic Gluten Free Dog Treat Recipe”

  1. obearlady says:

    that’s a lot of salt

    1. hallecottis says:

      @obearlady  Not really for 4 cups of flour.  If you need to, reduce it to 1/4 tsp

  2. Kraig-Donna Thayer says:

    Thanks Halle, I just told my husband last night I wanted to find a recipe for health dog treats for Angel and Larry. Ask and ye shall receive!

  3. RhondaHaraderCain says:

    I “eyeball” just about everything.  I think once you see who much the recipe makes, 1/2 tsp of salt is not much but please adjust if you need to.  I actually did taste the dough.  : )

  4. RhondaHaraderCain says:

    Another idea, I am going to play with is substuting out the pumpkin with sweet potatoes.  My “kids” absolutely LOVE this snacks.

  5. lauren says:

    I wonder if you could use baby food,meat flavor instead of pumpkin.Instead of milk salt free meat bouillon?Pumpkin is good to but meat flavor dog treats just sound like something my dogs would love.

    1. RhondaHaraderCain says:

      @lauren Those are great ideas!  Since baby food is not quite as dense than the canned pumpkin, it may take a little more brown rice flour.

  6. LondonLuver says:

    Pumpkin is one of those amazing foods all the time.  Just yesterday I used it in place of the eggs, water, and oil in my mum’s birthday cake… so good!  :)  My “kid” is also a HUGE pumpkin fan, sometimes I replace half of his dry food with it as a special treat

  7. JLT says:

    “1 can organic pumpkin” – I’ve seen pumpkin puree sold in 3 or 4 different sizes of cans! is this the “standard” soup-can size can? or the bigger 14 or 15oz size? (those two are most common)

  8. hallecottis says:

    @JLT I’d say the 14 oz can.

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