Festive Grain-Free Doughnut Holes for Dogs: Grinch Bits
This popular dog treat recipe makes grain-free doughnut holes boosted with healing herbs. Great for dogs with common conditions like allergies, itchy skin, arthritis, digestive problems, poor dentition, anxiety, food sensitivities and cancer. Helps reduce inflammation and support immunity. Easy to make. Spirulina makes green Grinch Bits a Christmas favorite.
Grain-Free Dog Treats for Dogs with Allergies and Common Conditions
Not your average dog treat! This popular dog treat is grain-free and boosted with healing herbs to help dogs with common health conditions. Give a pack of these yummy doughnut holes as a thoughtful gift or keep them all for your happy dog. Rolled in healthy flaxseed, calming lavender or nutritious spirulina, our “Grinch Bits” are a Christmas favorite, but these delicious treats are perfect all year round.
Grain-free doggy doughnut holes are fantastic for:
- dogs with allergies and food sensitivities
- senior dogs
- dogs that need a soft treat due to teeth or chewing issues
- dogs with anxiety (great for rescue dogs)
- dogs with arthritis
- dogs with sensitive tummies
- cancer prevention
What’s Wrong with Grains?
Dogs aren’t meant to eat carbohydrates like grains. They thrive on whole foods like meat, organs, bone, healthy fats and some vegetables.
When kibbles were introduced in the mid 1950’s as a convenient way to feed dogs, manufacturers substituted healthy whole foods with animal by-products, spray-on fat, synthetic vitamins and grains. Grain crops such as wheat, corn, barley, rice flour, oats and quinoa were added to processed dog food products as a cheap filler to bind together pieces of kibble.
If grains were grown naturally, they would simply be an unnecessary source of carbohydrates for dogs. But the problem with grains is much more sinister. Today, the vast majority of grain crops are:
–Genetically modified. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are altered to change the characteristics of the food and its ability to withstand toxic pesticides. GMOs often lower foods’ nutritional value and adds toxins which lead to allergies, inflammation and cell damage. Animal and human studies suggest GMOs damage intestines, kidneys, liver, and can lead to hormone imbalances, skin problems, food allergies and cancer.
-Sprayed with pesticide (Glyphosate). Glyphosate is a widely used pesticide known to cause inflammation and cancer. If disrupts the healthy balance of intestinal bacteria (microbiome) and interferes with digestion, nutrient absorption, immunity, and a dog’s ability to excrete toxins (often leading to kidney disease). Common health effects include leaky gut, allergies and frequent ear and skin infections like hot spots.
It gets worse. GMO grains and toxic glyphosate promote inflammation, which is the underlying cause of several common conditions like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic infections, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and cancer.
What About Grain-Free Dog Food Products?
Dogs that develop allergies or grain-related illnesses are often given kibble marketed as “grain-free”. In place of grains, manufacturers now add peas, lentils, legumes and plant-based lectins. Many of our clients proudly tell us that they have switched to “grain-free” processed food products, believing that this would improve their dogs’ health. However, they are surprised to learn that these “grain replacers” can block essential nutrients like taurine and lead to serious conditions like enlarged heart and congestive heart failure – especially in larger breed dogs.
Keep your dog’s diet simple and natural by feeding quality animal protein (raw or lightly cooked), bones, organs, vegetables and healthy oils. If you use grains (or legumes like chick peas), make sure they are non-GMO and organic, and limit them to an occasional treat.
Dogs are developing serious illnesses at younger ages, and are sicker than ever before. Their diet may be to blame.
Healing Grain-Free Dog Treats
Our Canine Herbalist at Healing Fur Souls creates recipes to nourish and heal your dog and avoid damage from GMOs and glyphosate.
Our recipes are organic, non-GMO and include healing herbs backed by research. We want your dog to live the longest, healthiest natural life possible!
We even have a CBD (cannabidiol) dog cookie recipe for dogs with pain, arthritis and anxiety.
Our wildly popular Grinch Bits are easy to make and dogs love them! You can make these doughnut holes plain for a simple grain-free treat, or roll them in herbs for extra healing benefits.
Healing Ingredients in “Grinch Bits” (Doughnut Holes)
Our Canine Herbalist developed this recipe with these healing benefits:
- Grain-free for dogs with allergies and food sensitivities to grains
- Duck eggs for healthy fats & strong bones (3% of dogs have chicken egg allergies)
- Quercetin from apples is a natural anti-histamine that can help reduce itching from allergies
- Lavender is well-researched to relieve anxiety and stress (and is safe for dogs)
- Flaxseeds contain Omega 3 fatty acids for healthy skin, lowered inflammation and immune support. Fibre helps eliminate toxins
- Spirulina for allergies, digestion, immunity and cancer prevention
Note: If your dog has a peanut allergy or severe yeast-related conditions, try this grain-free, peanut-free dog treat recipe.
Grinch Bits (Doughnut Holes) Dog Christmas Treat
- 3 cups Organic Coconut Flour
- 2 cups Organic Peanut Butter
- 2 cups Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce (or organic pumpkin puree)
- 5 Duck Eggs (or 6 chicken eggs)
- 3 tbsp Ground Flaxseeds
- 3 tbsp Dried Organic Lavender Flowers (grind up larger pieces)
- 1 tsp Spirulina Powder (may substitute with powdered greens)
- 1 Egg White (Duck or Chicken), set aside (Don’t waste the healthy yolk – your dog will love this over his food!)
- Preheat oven to 350 °F
- Line cookie sheet with wax paper
- Mix together coconut flour, peanut butter, apple sauce (or pumpkin puree) and eggs
- Roll dough into balls
- Dip balls into egg white and roll into your herbs of choice. Hint: If using spirulina, we like to mix ground flaxseeds in with the spirulina to dilute the intense color and make a lightly colored green “Grinch” bit
- Place balls on wax paper ⅛” apart
- Bake 15-20 minutes (time depends on the size of the doughnut holes)
- Allow to cool and watch your dog drool!
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