Homebrew Hack: Spent Grain Dog Treats

Home brewers know it: spent grains are a waste. Our dogs eat them as we brew but you can make longer lasting, crunchy dog treats for your pups.

How To Make Spent Grain Dog Treats

Even if you’re not a homebrewer you can get spent grains easily by asking a homebrewer friend or local brewery. They’ll usually let you take as much as you want. If you’re a homebrewer who doesn’t have dogs, adopt a dog! If you can’t have a dog (I refuse to accept that there are people out there who don’t want dogs) make the treats and give them to friends who have dogs.

This recipe yields 100 treats.

Ingredients Process
4 cups spent grain

2 cups flour

2 large eggs

1 cup natural peanut butter

  • Preheat your oven to 250°.
  • Blend all ingredients together with your hands.
  • Roll out on a flour coated surface.
  • Use a cookie cutter to create uniform treats.
  • Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 225 for 2 hours.

You’ll have leftover dough from the spaces between treats. I recommend rerolling this out and cutting more treats. Do this as many times as necessary to avoid waste. You can flatten the final bit and cut it equally, Fido doesn’t care the shape of his treats.

This recipe is from Deschutes in Portland, Oregon.

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