Chickpea and Sardine Dog Treats

These chickpea and sardine dog treats were a big hit with my dog, Banjo. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful

A while back, I jumped on Pinterest to see if I could find any out-of-the-ordinary dog treats to try out.

I was feeling adventurous — and I’d like to think Banjo was, too. We had, after all, just finished up an exciting trip canoeing on the river (Banjo’s first time).

It seemed like a weekend to try new things. So, you’d better believe I perked up when I saw a recipe that called for chickpea flour and sardines.

The ingredient list was measured out in grams, but I have a handy kitchen scale, so I took care of the conversion lickety-split.

This sardine dog treats recipe requires just 3 ingredients: chickpea flour, sardines and eggs.

Chickpea and Sardine Dog Treats


  • 2⅓ cups chickpea flour
  • 3 tins of sardines (3.75 ounces each) packed in water, drained
  • 2 eggs
Choose sardines packed in water rather than oil.


  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients.
  3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thick.
  4. Cut out the biscuits and line them on a nonstick baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 18–20 minutes for soft treats. Add a few minutes if you’d like them crispier.
Banjo wasn’t leaving the kitchen.

When I’m in the kitchen making Banjo’s treats, she likes to wander in now and then to check on my progress. But when I cracked open 3 tins of sardines and began to pile the little fish in a dish, she stayed put and watched my every move.

It’s safe to say Banjo likes sardines — and she’s definitely a fan of these fishy treats.

According to Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, “Fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to your pet’s well-being.”

“Sardines don’t live long enough to store toxins in their bodies, and they’re a terrific source of omega-3s,” she says.

Store your leftover sardine dog treats in the refrigerator.

I used a bone-shaped cookie cutter, but you could make these even more fun by using a fish-shaped cookie cutter.

This recipe makes about 1.5 dozen chickpea and sardine dog treats. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge.

Oh, and — baker beware — your kitchen may take on a temporary sardine scent while these are treats are cooking.

You’ve earned it, Banjo.

Adapted from: Bark Time.

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