::Barks and Yams::

March 18, 2011

It feels like lately allergies are popping up everywhere.  The changing of the seasons and the barely sprung spring is causing watery eyes, itchy throats and red noses. In our little house, the one with the allergies is our beloved Lucy, our fuzzy, five year old chocolate Lab. She has been having tummy issues along which are caused by food allergies.

We used to feed her Milk Bones as her morning treats until this issue. In the spirit of all things homemade and cost effective, I decided to learn to make my own, hypoallergenic dog treats. I found yams to be one of the healthiest and tastiest options out there and rice flour is one of the least allergenic and a great binder for biscuits.

I hope this recipe can help any of you who have pets with allergy issues.

Sweet Potato and Rice Dog Biscuits

makes enough for 2 weeks of dog biscuits

2 large sweet potatoes or yams

1 lb rice flour

enough water to bind

2 greased sheet pans


Peel and roughly chop sweet potatoes. Place in saucepan, cover with water and cook till tender. Pass them through a food mill or ricer or best texture or mash if no other option is available. Add rice flour in 1 cup increments until rough dough is formed, adding just enough water to make a smooth pliable dough. Grease sheet pans and divide dough in half between both sheet pans. Spread out in pan by pressing the dough flat with fingers until it completely fill the pan. Using a pizza cutter or a knife cut dough into snack size shapes – either triangles or rectangles for serving size.

Bake at 325 for an hour, turning oven off and letting biscuits cool in oven overnight with door closed.



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