How to Make Pumpkin Dog Treats
With lots of fiber and other nutrients, and very little fat or cholesterol, pumpkin is surprisingly healthy for your dog. In fact, one or two tablespoons of pumpkin flesh in your dog’s food can help treat constipation and other digestion issues. Of course, your dog will be particularly excited if you use pumpkin to make treats. There are a variety of methods and recipes for doing so. Most commonly, pumpkin treats are baked, with or without other healthy or delicious ingredients.
Baking Healthy Pumpkin Dog Treats
Follow an especially healthy recipe.The American Kennel Club favors a particular pumpkin dog treat recipe that’s easy to follow and especially healthy for your dog. Before mixing your ingredients, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
- You’ll need a cup of flour, an egg, half a cup of 100% pure canned pumpkin puree, and a 4-ounce jar each of 100% carrot baby food, and 100% green bean baby food.
- After mixing all the ingredients, add a bit more flour if it’s wet and sticky, or a bit more water if it’s not sticking together.
- Substitute coconut flour or potato flour if you so desire, but expect your batter to be more crumbly.
Scoop the dough onto parchment paper.This recipe will yield about two dozen treats. Use a spoon or spatula to place individual dollops onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you want, you can shape them in a way you think your dog might enjoy.
- Bake the treats for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the edges brown.
- Don’t offer any to David Barkie until they’re cool to the touch.
Never use canned pumpkin pie mix.For this and any other pumpkin treat recipe, take care to avoid using pumpkin pie mix, which will contain additional sugar and spices Make sure whatever you’re using, if canned, is 100% unsweetened pumpkin.
- A sweetener called xylitol is especially important to watch out for, as it is dangerous to dogs.
Puree raw pumpkin flesh.For the freshest flavor, make your own pumpkin puree instead of buying it canned. This homemade puree can be used exactly like the 100% pumpkin puree you can buy from the store. To begin, remove a pumpkin's stem, peel and quarter the pumpkin, and cut the meaty portion into chunks.
- Boil the chunks of pumpkin flesh in water in a covered sauce pan for about twenty minutes.
- Once the pumpkin pieces are tender, drain them and allow them to cool.
- Use a food processor of potato masher to puree the pumpkin.
- Use the pumpkin immediately, or store it in the fridge or freezer. The puree will last three days in the fridge, and three months or so in the freezer.
Try a simple baked pumpkin treat.If you don’t want to subject Scruffy to vegetables, there are plenty of recipes that are more neutral. For a twenty treat batch, grab two eggs, half a cup of canned pumpkin puree, half a teaspoon of salt, two tablespoons of dry milk, and two and a half cups of flour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) while you blend the eggs, pumpkin, salt, dry milk, and flour together.
- Add water until the dough is workable but still somewhat dry and stiff.
- Roll the dough into a ½ inch (1.3 cm) thick sheet and cut however you'd like. Space individual treats at least an inch (2.5 cm) apart.
- Bake them for 20 minutes, flip them over, and bake them another 20 minutes.
Including Other Ingredients
Include peanut butter.It’s well know that pups particularly favor peanut butter. For a batch of treats your dog will love, gather two and a half cups of whole wheat flour, two eggs, half a cup of canned pumpkin, two tablespoons of peanut butter, and half a teaspoon each of salt and ground cinnamon. Don’t forget to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Whisk all the ingredients together, adding water until the dough is workable.
- Roll out a sheet as thick as a dime is wide, and cut into small pieces.
- Bake until hardened and allow to cool.
Make no-bake peanut butter pumpkin treats.If you want to forego baking, try another peanut butter and pumpkin dog treat recipe that can simply be prepared and served. You’ll need half a cup of peanut butter, a cup or 100% pumpkin puree, a teaspoon of cinnamon, three tablespoons of honey peanut butter, and two and a half cups of oats.
- Mix all the ingredients except the oats in a bowl. Spread the oats on a plate.
- Roll the batter into balls, then roll the balls in the oats.
- Store the balls in an airtight container in your fridge. They’ll last for three weeks, or three months in the freezer.
Craft an extra large batch with banana.To make about 40 treats and put an overripe banana to use, gather half a can of pumpkin puree, a tablespoon of honey, one and a half cups of whole wheat flour, and half a teaspoon of baking powder. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Mix the banana, pumpkin, and honey. Work the flour and baking soda in bit by bit.
- The dough should be relatively dry, but add some water if it’s too crumbly.
- Roll the dough and cut it into shapes, as desired.
- Bake on a parchment papered baking sheet for about ten minutes, or until golden brown.
Making Pumpkin Muffins You and Your Dog Can Both Enjoy
Prep a batch of multi-species treats.Believe it or not, there is a recipe for pumpkin treats that you’ll love as much as your dog. You’ll need half a cup of canned pumpkin puree, one cup of whole wheat flour, a cup of quick cut oats, a tablespoon of coconut oil, an egg, and a quarter cup of Greek yogurt.
- In terms of spices to make these more palatable to humans, you’ll also need half a teaspoon of vanilla, one tablespoon of honey, and a teaspoon each of ginger and ground cinnamon.
- Pulse or otherwise blend the oats until they’re half powder.
Prepare a muffin tin.In addition to preheating the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), you’ll also need to grease a muffin tin to bake your treats in. A mini muffin tin works best, and will yield more treats overall. After mixing all of the ingredients in a large bowl, thin the mixture with water until it’s malleable.
- Fill individual cups in the tin two-thirds of the way with the batter.
Bake for about fifteen minutes.The muffins are finished when their tops are golden brown. For added aesthetic appeal, feel free to sprinkle oats on top of the muffins right when they come out of the oven.
- Allow the muffins to cool in the tin. Store your muffins in the fridge for a few weeks, or fin the freezer for up to three months.
Snack on pumpkin seeds together.Raw pumpkin seeds are also good for both you and your dog on their own. The seeds’ fatty acids may be especially beneficial for dogs with joint, skin, or coat conditions. Only give your dog one seed at a time, or crush them completely and add them to your dog’s food.
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