Calming Dog Biscuit Recipe With Oats, Chamomile, and Pumpkin Seeds
The main ingredients in this recipe include oats, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, and chamomile. All natural and healthy ingredients for dogs. In particular, chamomile has calming effects so this biscuit is especially good for dogs who tend to be high-strung or overly active.
This dog biscuit recipe is low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and trace minerals (e.g. phosphorus and selenium).
Health Benefits of Ingredients
- Oats:Oats are rich in fiber, which slows down digestion rate and enhances the absorption of tryptophan – Tryptophan is an amino acid essential for the production of serotonin (nature’s very own anti-depressant).
- Chamomile:This herb is well known for its calming and relaxing effects. Having a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime can make you sleep better!
- Blueberries:Blueberries contain a lot vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which help protect the body from stress.
- Pumpkin Seeds:They contain vitamin E, L-tryptophan and glutamate. Glutamate is required in the synthesis of GABA, an anti-stress neurochemical. Pumpkin seeds also contain selenium, the deficiency of which can lead to increased anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Recipe: Dog Biscuit with Oats, Chamomile & Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 4 tablespoons unsalted raw pumpkin seeds, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup freeze dried blueberries
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix oat flour and pumpkin seeds.
- Open a chamomile teabag and add content to the oat mixture.
- Add yogurt and honey. Mix well.
- Add blueberries and mix.
- Knead a few times until you have a dough ball. Add more water if dough is too dry.
- Put the dough between 2 sheets of saran wrap and roll out to about 1/4″ thick.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes.
- Put cut-out biscuits onto the baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes.
- Let cool and store in an airtight container.
- Make sure that the chamomile teabag contains only the herb chamomile.
- Fresh or frozen blueberries can also be used. Be sure to thaw out the frozen berries first!
- If fresh or frozen berries are used, you may need adjust the amount of flour (add more) or yogurt (add less).
- Instead of honey, blackstrap molasses can be used.