These simple homemade dog treats were made by complete accident, not that my dog was ever going to complain about it.
I was up one-morning making blueberry scones for my roommate and I. I had just begun learning how to make scones and as I stood in the kitchen kneading dough, with my spoiled girl watching my every move at my side, I couldn’t help but wonder if I could make the same thing for her.
Surely blueberries were safe for her to consume, right?
Once I figured out how beneficial blueberries could be for her, I became excited and jumped right into making these beauties. Keep in mind, these scones are made as an almost complete duplicate to human safe scones but lack the sugar and heavy cream. Every ingredient in these scones is healthy and safe for dogs of all ages to consume.
What’s In It?
I typically love to go with chickpea flour in most of my homemade dog treat recipes. However, due to recent news of chickpeas and such being found to potentially cause heart disease in canines (you can read that here), I thought it would be best for the time being, to veer away from using chickpea flour even in my treats.
Oat flour, if used, can be a great gluten-free alternative to regular flour that also has the added benefit of having fiber which can help support your dog’s digestive system.
I use cinnamon to give it an appealing aroma, but it does have a surprising amount of benefits for dogs when used in dog treats. It has been found to help aid in optimal brain function, ward of yeast infections, help to prevent diabetes and act as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Most canines are lactose intolerant by nature, hence why most pet owners (myself included) are hesitant to use milk in any treat recipe. However, since most scone recipes call for the use of heavy cream or milk to give it a fluffy consistency, I decided to use this in my recipe as a way to giving it the desired texture while avoiding lactose sensitivities in the process.
Eggs are naturally a source of protein and selenium for dogs. It is a great ingredient to use in homemade dog treats as a nutrition boost.
If there is a chance for me to add flaxseed in one of my homemade dog treat recipes, I always do so. There are a variety of benefits to using flaxseed such as having natural antioxidant benefits, adding additional fiber to a dog’s diet which can support a healthy digestive tract and is rich in Omega fatty acids which can help support healthy skin and a shiny coat.
Honey is typically used as a natural sweetener. It is also used for its holistic benefits such as antimicrobial properties, antifungal properties, the ability to reduce inflammation and to help alleviate allergies.
Blueberries are extremely beneficial for dogs. They are not called a superfood for anything! They are loaded with plenty of antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals that can benefit your dog in exactly the same way they would benefit you!
Simple Homemade Dog Treats-Blueberry Scones for Dogs: The Process
Now that you understand what is in these treats, it is time to walk you through the process. While making scones may seem like the most complicated endeavor, I promise you it is not as hard as it seems.
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. Then you will need to add the oat flour (or chickpea flour if you choose to use it), baking powder, nonfat milk powder, ground cinnamon, and flaxseed into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle in ½ cup of water over the dry mixture and stir well to mix until crumbly in consistency.
Once crumbly, go ahead and add in the honey, egg and remaining water until your mixture comes together to form a smooth dough. Then you will need to add in the blueberries. This is something you want to do carefully to avoid the blueberries from becoming squished in the process. Fold the blueberries gently in the dough, being as careful as possible.
Transfer the scone dough onto a floured or greased surface and roll out gently to form an 8-inch disc. Use a sharp knife and slice into 8 wedges. Transfer the wedges to the lined baking sheet, making sure to space them evenly apart from each other.
Transfer the scones into the oven to bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until golden brown along the edges. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
As for decorating, you can use your favorite grain-free icing as I did to form a “glaze” over the top of the scones once the scones have completely cooled. Then serve!
There you have it!
Hopefully, this wasn’t as complicated as you originally thought!
If you have the chance to make these tasty scones for your best friend, hit us up in the comments section below and let us know how the process went for you! Or feel free to share your tasty creations with us on Instagram by using the hashtag #PetFoodiotreats.
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See you next time!