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 entertaining my three dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden. 


  1. 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 the biscuits over after 20 mins. Total bake time 30 mins. Switch oven off snd leave to cool in oven (if your TT lets you!)
    I’ve also made my own liver pâté with chicken livers and coconut cream to flavour these biscuits. They really loved them!! 😋😋

    • Excellent, thanks for the comment and great photo, Debbi.

  2. 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?

    • They are pretty pale cause of the potato flour so try just 30 mins

  3. 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 🤞🙏

    • ohh exciting, good luck and I hope archie likes the treats.

  4. 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

    • Whats the dough like? Coconut flour is like a sponge and soaks up all the liquid. I’ve used it before and it’s sucks moisture out of everything.

    • 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. 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. 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!!

  7. 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

    • Since they meat free they should be ok to freeze/refreeze a couple of days after making but a chance they may go soggy. May want to do a test but tbh I dont think anyone would be looking to freeze them anyway, would they?

  8. Hi Jamie, please could you let me know the weight of potato flour to use, I have mugs of various sizes and not sure which one to choose! Many thanks.

    • 240 grams

  9. I’m wanting to use fresh chopped liver pieces in these, would I need to cook the chopped liver first then add to the mix or just add the chopped liver raw? Thanks

    • Either or. I’d probably use it precooked cause it would easier and cleaner. It may need a wee bit longer to cook if raw though.

  10. Sorry one other question would Doves Farm Plain flour be OK to use. It contains wheat free rice, buckwheat, maize, potato and tapioca. Thanks

    • yeah thats fine too.

  11. Hi are these treats safe for a 10 week old puppy? Thanks

    • yes they are fine

  12. Where can you buy potato flour? Never heard of it!
    Beverley Morley

    • Potatoe flour is widely available in polish supermarkets

  13. Hi Jamie

    What weight does a mug of flour equate too

  14. Thanks for all the great recipes, have tried the liver cake and tuna loaf so far. What would you recommend for a training treat for a pooch who loves his food but needs to lose some weight!

  15. Brilliant healthy recipes thank you so much 🙂

    • Thanks Angharad! 🙂

  16. Hi Jamie, could you give me a weight measurement for the flour not sure what size mugs you mean, thanks

  17. Hey Jamie,

    I’m a two year old GSD, I’ve had a ruff start and was in a shelter for a bit…nuff said … anyway I got a new home a few weeks back and my new owner Bernice has just made me some of these scrummy treats and if they’re half as good as the Banana Bombs she made last week … Well I’m doing somersaults already!
    It’s great that you think so much of us four-legged friends to come up with these great recipes. Cheers and Happy New Year from Cornwall 😉

    • Thanks Brady, I’m glad you like the Banana bombs and if you like them then you will love the gluten free dog treats. You’re very lucky to have such a caring owner but make sure you let her know about the sardine oatcakes and gingerbread men as they are a dog favourite!


    • Oohh yesh! They sound scrummy! The gluten free treats Bernice made me are apple and kidney and I have to say even though my favourite right now is cheese (heaven) they’re no disappointment. I’m going to be an extra good boy to make sure I get tons of these ;0)

      Keep up the great work! I’ll spread the word down here in deepest darkest Cornwall… though not tooo loudly you understand :0))

  18. This is great homemade dog food recipe. It is also easy to make. 1 hour for this delicious food. Plus it is gluten free. I always prepare homemade to my little Atom. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

  19. How long do the treats last, will they go off?

    • Hi Claire. Freeze after they have cooled down and they will last months and months!

    • Thanks

  20. These are great – and very easy to make! Another good one, Jamie. Lots of ideas for the dog training class’s Christmas treats!

  21. Do you think we could replace the potato flour with spelt, soya or rice flour? I only ask because I have these in my store cupboard!

    • soya and rice fine…spelt is not totally gluten free…just low in gluten

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