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Baking Rainy Day Yin Cookies for Dogs

Rainy days are perfect for making cookies.  These Yin Cookies are super easy to make and are great for warming the body and spirit.  I modified this recipe from one I learned through the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute.  

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, everything is about the balance of Yin and Yang. Yin is cooler and Yang is warmer.  On wet and cool days, warming the body helps restore balance so the body can function more optimally.

I like to make small batches of cookies, even though we both eat these.  But you can always double or triple the recipe. These are truly one of my favorites and you can feel good about feeding them to your dog.


1 cup gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cup boiling water

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (if your dog has a wheat allergy, substitute with rice flour)

1/4 cup raw pepitas

1 Tbsp. raw sunflower seeds

2 tsp. coconut oil

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup dried blueberries (without sugar)

1 Tbsp raw wild honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread oats on a baking tray and toast them for about 10 minutes.   In the meantime, boil the water.  When oats are finished toasting, put them in a stainless steel bowl with the dried blueberries and immediately add the boiling water to scorch them. Let sit for about 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a food processor, grind the pepitas and sunflower until they are a powdery consistency.  Add the ground pepitas and sunflower to the oats and blueberries.  Add the whole wheat pastry flour, coconut oil, cinnamon and honey.  Stir and then lay out on the counter to knead a few times.  Press down and flatten with a rolling pin and cut into shapes desired.  Place on a cookie sheet sprayed with coconut oil and bake for about 20 minutes.  If you want harder cookies.  Turn off the oven and keep cookies inside for another 10 minutes.

In this video, I show you a slightly modified version of this yin cookie recipe

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