Gluten Free Homemade Dog Biscuits recipe

Gluten Free Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe

I was teaching a gluten-free cooking class at Rollin Oats Market a while back and mentioned to the audience that mine is a totally gluten-free household. A woman asked me if I had a dog and if so, do I feed the dog a gluten-free diet.

The answers are yes and yes.

We are owned by an adorable shih tzu named Jake. Jake is a character; he jumps and carries on every time we come home, as if we are rock stars or returning warriors. He is completely unaware of the fact that he is supposed to be an inside, frou-frou house dog, and he enters the federal relocation program every time he hears the word “bath” (he is also a bit of a genius, as he has learned how to spell and goes deep undercover when we spell out the letters B-A-T-H). He trained us to give him treats by one day standing on his hind legs like a dancing bear, making a pawing motion with his front feet and giving us the big brown puppy eyes. It was so precious we just had to give him a treat and he’s been doing the same routine ever since whenever he wants a little snack.

He also happens to be gluten intolerant. Gluten intolerance in dogs is a lot more common than one might think and is the cause for lots of problems your pup may be having, such as scratching, rashes, and digestive issues. You can read more here and here.

In a previous post, I described how well I feed my dog. From the time he was a puppy, I have made his food from raw turkey and fresh fruits and veggies. His treats, however, were a different matter.  Not realizing that Jake suffered from gluten intolerance, I was giving him little pet treats now and again that I picked up at the grocery store. And the scratching began.

Gluten-free dog treats are not so easy to come by and are awfully expensive. So now I make Jake homemade gluten-free dog biscuits. He loves them, he stopped scratching, and all is well in Gluten Free & More land.

Gluten Free Homemade Dog Biscuits

As a note – Jake declined to have his photo taken for this post.  My son convinced me I could save a ton of money by buying a $200 pet grooming device and foregoing his monthly trip to the groomer.  So he shaved off all Jake’s beautiful hair. The groomer has decided she needs to charge me double to fix the damage but of course can’t get him in for 3 weeks and Jake is walking around looking like a Chinese water rat. Needless to say, he is very distressed over the ordeal.

The cost of “saving” grooming fees – $290

A well intentioned son – priceless!

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Gluten Free Homemade Dog Biscuits recipe
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Gluten Free Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe

Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Rest time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 ½ cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 ½ cups potato starch (not potato flour)
  • ½ cup white or brown rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup dry milk powder
  • cups water
  • 1 sweet potato scrubbed but not peeled


  • Put 2 cups of the oats in a blender or food processor and grind into a fine powder. Combine with the remaining ½ cup oats, potato starch, rice flour, flax seed meal and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the egg and olive oil. Mix the dry milk powder with the water and combine with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Grate the sweet potato using the large holes of a box grater. Stir into the mixture. The dough should be firm, smooth and workable. If not, add more rice flour. Cover the bowl with a towel and let set for 20 minutes to let the moisture distribute.
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats.
  • Flour a work surface with rice flour and roll the dough out to either ¼-inch or ½-inch thick (depending on the size of your dog). Cut the biscuits out with a dog bone shaped (or any shape you like) cookie cutter, pressing firmly to cut through the sweet potato. Transfer the biscuits to the prepared pans.
  • Bake for 1½ to 2 hours or until the biscuits are dry and firm. Let cool completely.
  • Store the Gluten-free Dog Biscuits in a food storage bag or airtight container.

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Tags: Biscuits Celiac Dog Gluten Sensitivity Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Homemade
  1. fiOrdivanilla
    July 19, 2010

    I would be a dog! ahahahah :D
    Very good (ehm, I don't know but they seem very nice!:)

  2. Aubree Cherie
    July 20, 2010

    Ahhh, these are SO CUTE! Is it weird that I want to make them and I don't have a dog? :P (Seriously, how fun!)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  3. WizzyTheStick
    July 20, 2010

    I didn't know that dogs could be gluten intolerant. In any case wheat and other cereals would not have been part of their diet in the wild so it makes sense.

  4. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free
    July 20, 2010

    You can come be my dog's mommy any day. I will never let him know how well your dog eats… although, mine eats gluten free, i have my hands full keeping the rest of my family fed. My poor pup ends up getting neglected in the food department.

    On a funny side note, our Soft-Coated Wheaten is also named Jake!

  5. Anonymous
    July 21, 2010

    Isn't it great how dogs can welcome you home with such love? I hope Jake agrees to a photo shoot one day, he sounds adorable :)

  6. Charlotte
    July 24, 2010

    hi Carol,

    wonderfully cute post, with stunning photos as per usual

    Our dog scratches terribly and a change of shampoos and various other things didn't do the trick. I'd love to read more about allergies in dogs, but the click "here" link doesn't seem to take me anywhere. If you get a mo, would you mind directing me to the article please?

    You are a seriously good Mummy to ALL of your family, maximum brownie points!

    love as always, Charlotte x

    1. Maria Savoie
      August 31, 2011

      I found a natural remedy for the scratching, 4 cups water, heaping teaspoon sage, heaping teapoon tyme, half teaspoon epson salt bring to a boil then simmer for 5 minutes, let it cool completely strain into a spray bottle. keep in fridge up to 12 days. spray your dog with this solution and it is very soothing good luck !

      1. August 31, 2011

        Thanks Maria! I am going to have to give that a try.

  7. Zoe @ Z's Cup of Tea
    July 29, 2010

    Reading the above comments, I agree – I don't have a dog, but I want to make them, too. Maybe I could make them for someone else's canine friend?

  8. Aubree Cherie
    July 30, 2010

    Hey Carol,

    I couldn't help but add this recipe to my favorite recipes of last week post. Thanks again for such a fun idea :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  9. Jam
    August 2, 2010

    I don't know.. are dogs health conscious as well? hahaha.. but those gluten free breads loooks delicious..

  10. Trudeaudog
    August 12, 2012

    I have a dog who suffers from celiac. Buying gluten-free treats gets expensive so I figure we would try this recipe, the boy loves them!!!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      August 25, 2012

      Aww, so happy your puppy liked them :)

  11. corinne
    October 15, 2012

    I know corn and flour are not good for dogs but your saying rice flour is ok? also regular patmeal isnt good for them either? My shit szhu licks his paws constantly and my 2 oldr dogs have quite a few fatty tumors. so i swithed to blue buffaalo dog food as well. Help! I want my dogs to live long healthy lives…

    1. Gluten Free & More
      October 16, 2012

      Well, I am not a vet but this is what I do know – my shih tzu does fine on some rice but I keep the grains to just treats. I feed him ground turlet or chicken and veggies, all raw and he does well. I used to give him oatmeal but I stopped and I think he is doing better without it. I hope that helps.

  12. corinne
    October 15, 2012

    Oat meal :)

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  14. Laura
    September 1, 2013

    My dog has a yeast infection. He can’t eat potatoes. Is there anything I can substitute in your biscuit recipe for the potato or should I make them without it? Thanks for your site. Laura

  15. CarolKicinski
    September 10, 2013

    Thank you Laura. Yes, you can use tapioca starch. Poor baby!

  16. October 11, 2014

    Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful
    post. Thanks for providing this information.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 1, 2014

      Thanks so much, and you’re welcome.


  17. What’s up, I log on to your blog like every week.
    Your humoristic style is awesome, keep doing what
    you’re doing!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      December 1, 2014

      Thanks so much, I will!


  18. Amy
    June 27, 2015

    if stored in airtight container how long will they last? And can you freeze them?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      July 24, 2015

      Yes Amy, you can freeze them, and I would say they’ll last about a week in an airtight container. xo, Carol

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