These Italian-inspired treats are baked in strips then cut up into slices and baked again for the perfect crunchy treat, hence the name biscotti, which means “twice-cooked.”
I have used almond butter and vanilla extract in this particular recipe, but there are many different ways to tailor the recipe to make your own flavour combinations. A few ideas include: bacon and apple sauce, bananas and oats, pumpkin and cinnamon and blueberries and yogurt.
Additionally, do not feed your dog any nut butter containing the artificial sweetener xylitol. Choose all natural, unsweetened, and unsalted varieties. (And of course, if you’re not so handy in the kitchen, there are lots of pre-made dog treats out there for you to pick up!)
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 to 3 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl.
Stir in the beaten eggs, a little at a time. Be careful with the amount of egg you add as the almond butter will also add to the stickiness of the dough. You want to end up with a somewhat firm dough
Mix your chosen flavoring ingredients in with your hands until they are evenly incorporated.
Roll the dough to 7 to 10 millimeters thick by using a rolling pin. Cut the dough into long strips, about 4 centimeters wide.
Place on a baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Place the strips on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut each strip into 1 – 1 ½ centimeter thick slices at a diagonal.
Return the biscotti to the baking sheet, cut side down. Bake until they are a toasty golden brown, about 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the biscotti to cool completely before removing it from the oven.
These biscotti keep well in an airtight dog food storage container.
Nutritional Facts:1465 Calories, 50 grams of fat, 48 grams of protein, 208 grams of carbohydrates.
Kristina Johansen is a certified canine nutritionist who runs Elmo’s Kitchen and provides guidance on general nutrition and home-prepared diets for dogs.