Snickerdoodle Dog Treats

I feel that the health benefits of cinnamon have been all over the news lately.  From helping to decrease stomach fat to helping control sugar levels in people with Type II Diabetes, it seems that cinnamon isn’t just something you put in your oatmeal anymore… although you probably should still do that too.

Do you know that cinnamon has crazy health benefits for dogs as well?  Pair it with honey and you double the potency.  It’s anti-inflammatory properties help ease the pain and stiffness of joints in dogs with arthritis.  For dogs with diabetes, cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar levels.  Cinnamon has also been shown to alleviate pain due to some cancers, especially bone cancer.  Stomach upset can also by cured by cinnamon, this holds true for ailments like diarrhea, excessive gas, and indigestion.  Cinnamon can also help to cure rashes.  It also helps improve circulation, lower bad cholesterol, and has enough fiber and calcium content to help prevent heart disease.

In summary, these treats are pretty awesome for your dog and they will love them.

Snickerdoodle Dog Treats
Adapted Barely from the Bubba Rose Dog Biscuit Company Cookbook

1 1/2 cups oat flour
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 – 3/4 cup water (start with 1/2 cup water and add more as necessary)

To Make:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly.  You want the dough to be crumbly, but able to be rolled into balls. Roll into small balls (about 1 inch in diameter) and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  The cookies do not spread, so you can put them close together.  Press each ball down with your hand to flatten the cookies.  Bake 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown and cookies are hard to the touch.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.  Store at room temperature in a loosely covered container.  They also freeze very well.

Zangief waits patiently for a treat