Homemade Wheat & Corn Dog Food

by Elle Di Jensen
Human-grade ingredients are the key to making healthy homemade dog food.

Human-grade ingredients are the key to making healthy homemade dog food.

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Wheat and corn have gotten bad press when it comes to dog food, often being blamed for food allergies. High quality wheat and corn ingredients are nutritious sources of grain protein, amino and fatty acids as well as high-energy carbohydrates. The key is using human-grade ingredients when you make food for your dog. If you use the same cornmeal, wheat germ and whole wheat flour that you'd use to make food for your family, your homemade wheat and corn dog food shouldn't cause any health concerns for Wolfie.

Step 1

Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Measure the flour, wheat germ, parsley and cornmeal into the mixing bowl and stir with the spoon to combine.

Step 3

Pour the corn oil and water in with the dry ingredients and use the hand mixer to blend it all into dough. It will be a stiff dough and you may have to finish off the mixing by kneading the dough with your hands.

Step 4

Sprinkle some flour onto the counter or tabletop and roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick using the rolling pin.

Step 5

Cut the dough into 1/2 inch strips using the knife, then cut the strips the opposite direction to create 1/2 inch squares.

Step 6

Spray the cookie sheet with the cooking spray and use the spatula to transfer the bits of dough onto the sheet. Separate the dough pieces as you transfer them so that they don't stick together during baking.

Step 7

Place the cookie sheet into the oven and bake the dog food for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges start to brown.

Step 8

Turn off the oven and let the dog food remain inside until the oven cools completely. This will harden the kibble to create crunchy dog food.

Items You Will Need

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup corn oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife
  • Spatula
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooking spray

Tips

  • Add a beefy flavor to Wolfie's wheat and corn dog food by substituting low sodium beef broth for the water in the recipe.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the dough instead of cutting bits of kibble to create tasty and healthy homemade dog treats.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.

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