Nothing beats a homemade treat cause you know exactly what is in it. This dog treat recipe is not only easy to make, perfect for those dogs that have allergies to grains and it is delicious. Seriously, tasty. I know because I tried them myself. These Ginger Cookies are the perfect treat for the festive season.
You might be wondering what ingredients I chose for these Ginger Cookies and why. Both Ref & Serina don’t get to have cookies any more because they are allergic to all types of grains, even the grain free buckwheat flour. So I decided I needed to workout a cookie recipe that they could have.
There are a few options for flour that I can use as the base. I chose almond meal. The internet says almonds are not toxic to dogs but should be avoided because almonds often are salted and because they are whole, they can be hard to digest and build up in the digestive system. However, almond meal is made from 100% almond. No salt. And it has been broken down already so it is going to be easily digested. I would avoid using almond meal if your pug has an issue with their pancreas as it could be too high in fat for them. If you dog has no allergies, you can simply substitute the almond meal for buckwheat flour, rice flour or wheat flour.
Ginger is not only tasty, it is a soothing spice for those times that pugs have an upset tummy. In this recipe, I have used ground ginger for convenience but fresh ginger will be just as awesome, if not better. These ginger cookies could actually be the perfect treat to give your pug if they suffer from nausea in the car.
Coconut oil has some amazing benefits for your pug. It can help with allergies and dry skin. It can help to have a shiny coat for your pug. It provides MCTs that are good for brain health & function. It can help heal wounds and improve coat when applied topically too. It has yeast & anti fungal properties helping to boost your pugs immune system. It helps improve digestion and absorption of nutrients along with reducing & even eliminating bad breath, helps with thyroid function and diabetes, aids in arthritis & ligament problems and not to mention it helps reduce weight & increase energy.
Cinnamon is great for dogs. Not only does it add some extra flavour to this smoothie, it has some great benefits. Cinnamon has been known to regulate blood sugar levels and raise insulin resistance. Cinnamon is filled with antioxidants as well as having anti-inflammatory & cancer fighting properties.
GINGER COOKIES RECIPE
Serves: 24-30 cookies
- 2 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon raw local honey
- 1 tsp ground ginger or 2 tablespoons fresh finely grated ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- Preheat oven to 160°C
- Add almond meal, ginger and cinnamon to a bowl and mix until combined
- Add coconut oil, honey and water to dry ingredients and mix well until dough forms
- Place dough in freezer for 10 minutes
- Roll dough out until approximately 3-5mm thick between 2 pieces of baking paper
- Using your chosen cookie cutters, cut shapes and add cookies to lined baking tray
- Repeat until all of the dough is used
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through
- Allow to cool fully
- Out of this recipe I got 7 large cookies and 25 small cookies but it will all depend on the size of your cutter
- Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week
- To increase shelf life, place cookies into a dehydrator on low setting for
- For a festive treat, use Christmas shaped cookie cutters or Christmas cookie stamps
- These are a treat only so feed in moderation
I am positive any cookie I made for the pugs they would devour. Since I made them with ingredients that I too can eat, I tried them. They are tasty. A nice subtle hint of ginger. Just enough sweetness that it is totally good for us humans. So when you make these Ginger Cookies for your pug, make sure you try one too.