Almond Ginger Dog Cookies

These cookies are chewy, moist and easy to break apart so that you can offer your dog 'just a bite'! I look for ways to add antioxidants to the diet whenever I can, and the ginger and cinnamon in this recipe tick the box! 

Important! This is not a substitute for a nutritionally complete meal. This is a treat recipe and may be fed as a fresh food treat in place of processed treats.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil - use cold-pressed, organic, non GMO if possible

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 medium to large egg, cracked

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour. *see Nutrition Tips section below

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger - use organic if possible

  • 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon - use organic Ceylon cinnamon if possible

Steps: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper.

  3. In a medium sized bowl cream together egg, coconut oil and applesauce. Set aside.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, shredded unsweetened coconut, ginger and cinnamon. 

  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined and a dough forms.

  6. Keep the dough in the bowl and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Chilling the dough will help prevent the cookies from spreading out as they bake.

  7. Scoop dough in 1 tablespoon measurements. Form into a ball, place on parchment lined cookie tray and press down with a fork to make a criss-cross pattern. Flattened cookie should be about 2 inches in diameter.

  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or just until edges of cookie begin to lightly brown.

  9. Cool on a wire rack.

  10. This recipe makes about 12 - 18 cookies.

Nutrition Tips:

  • Almond flour is expensive. You can make almond flour at home for a fraction of the cost by whizzing blanched slivered almonds in the food processor until finely ground. 1 cup of blanched slivered almonds makes about 1 cup of almond flour.

  • Almond flour has a low glycemic index, is low in carbohydrates, contains healthy fat and is loaded with vitamin E.

  • The unsweetened coconut is used in this recipe to add healthy fiber.

  • Ginger is an antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It's often used to soothe the digestive tract.

  • Ceylon cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, supports the immune system and may regulate blood sugar. It's also rich in cancer fighting antioxidants. Ceylon cinnamon is more appropriate for dogs than Cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon is the most common type found in grocery stores, but it is high in courmarin which may be harmful in larger doses. Ceylon cinnamon, on the other hand, is lower in courmarin.

  • These cookies are higher in fat and calories thanks to the almond flour and the coconut, and are best fed occasionally a special treat! If your dog needs a low fat diet, it's likely best to choose a different cookie recipe.

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