Gluten free dog treat recipe

by | Oct 13, 2013 | 40 comments

Treats for sensitive dogs

Our canine dietitian Bev Cobley has given us a new biscuit to try.  When I made this recipe the first time I took ALL the biscuits with me while I did my dog walking and the dogs just loved them!  By the end of the day, I had none left!  Thumbs up from the dogs!

This gluten free dog treat recipe is dead easy to make and from start to finish it can be done within an hour with little mess and the great thing is you can add your dog’s favourite food to flavour it!  Just note that potato flour can be quite hard to source from your local supermarket but most health shops sell it and it’s easy to buy online.


2 mugs of potato flour (240g), 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, Water to mix,

Flavouring.  We’re using apple and cheese but you can use whatever your dog likes e.g. chopped liver, pre cooked mince, fruit etc.


potato flour in bowl

Add 2 mugs of potato flour into a bowl.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey!

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey!

crumble like mix

Mix into a crumble like mixture!

grated cheese

We're adding a handful of grated cheese...

grated apple

And a grated apple (no seeds)

dough ball

Add some water and make into dough!

rolled dough

Roll out like a thin sausage and slice!

biscuits on tray

Place on baking tray and put in oven at 180°C. Cooking times vary for ingredients and size of biscuits but these biscuits will cook for 30 mins.

gluten free dog biscuit recipe

30 minutes later they're done! Look great!


How to store

As a general guide if meat protein is present in recipe then it will last around 3 to 5 days stored in a cool place.  If it has second class protein in it eg. cheese, lentils, eggs, etc, then they will store for about 10 days in a cool place. You can use cake tins lined with baking paper – greaseproof. If there is no meat or second class proteins present then it will last around 3 weeks before they go soft like human biscuits.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home (like everyone else) entertaining my two dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden.

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2 months ago

I make these biscuits regularly for my sensitive tummy Tibetan Terriers. Your recipe has been a godsend for us! Here are my tips – I use ‘Free From’ plain flour and usually Castle McLellan Chicken Liver pate to flavour, as also has no wheat. They love them! Have also flavoured with peanut butter, cheese, tuna. If the dough is too crumbly when cutting just add a wee bit more water. Quicker to slice biscuits from the sausage shaped rolled dough, but cuter if you have a cookie cutter 🦴 I bake in middle of oven, gas mark 4 and turn… Read more »

9 months ago

Hi, I tried to make these but it took about 50 mins. in the oven until their color became a little brown, but then they were too hard for my puppy to chew… Should I take them out in about 30 mins. even if they are still pale?

Archies mummy
1 year ago

Just came along your recipe after looking for a meat free treat for my dog , recently adopted and having issues with itchy/sore skin vet recommended that we try gluten ,dairy and meat free so I am trying these as it’s a strict fish based diet so I’m trying tuna hope they go gone well as they are in the oven as I’m typing this 🤞🙏

4 years ago

Very wise. Thanks for this.

4 years ago

I tried substituting potato flour for coconut baking flour and this did not go well ? I just could not get it to make a dough. I used mackerel that I’d poached in water, puréed in a blender and added the poaching water. It just wouldn’t bind together enough and there is a huge bowl of mix.
My dog has too many intolerances to list here but wondered if there are any tips you could give to allow me to use coconut flour in this recipe? I have made a fatal error somewhere?
Many thanks

4 years ago
Reply to  Jamie Shanks

Thanks Jamie
It’s still really crumbly, I wonder if the weight ( density) of coconut flour is a lot less it’s a huge bowl of flour 240g of coconut flour and it’s easily had 500mls water in there, I’ve added a bit extra honey and olive oil to see if that would help but not yet. if I ever manage to cook up this batch I’ll be feeding the total dog population I think ?

5 years ago

hi, I know this is late after your post but I have just come across this recipe and you question about cornflour. I used to give my dogs corn four pasta and learned that dogs can digest cornflour as they do not have the enzyme. I stopped the cornflour and my 3dogs digestion including poos changed for the better over the next month. So I would say no to cornflour.

6 years ago

Can you substitute Potato Flour for Cornflour? ASDA don’t do spud flour 🙁
The sardine biccies were immense but the Liver cake did cause a problem. I gave a piece to our Westie and gave a few crumbs to the cat. When I gave the Westie a second piece the cat went ballistic and took a swipe at the dog!!

Maxine Lansdell
6 years ago

Hi Jamie,

My daughter wants to make and sell the gluten free dog treats (cheese and apple) at her school Christmas Fair on 5th December. If we make them a couple of days before can we tell the buyers that they can still freeze them? Many thanks Maxine