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Sardine Squirrels Dog Treats

BT Calgary | posted Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014

Making a delicious treat for your family includes your pets too! This simple dough made with pureed sardines can be cut into any shape you like – but if you can find a squirrel cookie cutter, all the better. Chickpea flour can be found at most health food stores; if you like, substitute more whole wheat, oat or barley flour.

Makes about 1½ dozen treats. Store extras in the fridge, or freeze.


  • 1 can sardines, undrained
  • ½ cup (125 mL) chickpea flour
  • ½ cup (125 mL) whole wheat, oat or barley flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the sardines, flours and egg until the dough comes together and forms a ball. (If it’s too wet and sticky, add more flour until it does.)
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough out about ¼-inch thick and cut into any shape you like.
  4. Place on a parchment-lined sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, until pale golden and firm.
  5. If you like, turn the oven off and leave them inside to harden as they cool.



Courtesy Julie Van Rosendaal, dinnerwithjulie.com


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