Now that fall is officially upon us, check out this recipe for pumpkin dog treats. Since it is pumpkin season the fruit is plentiful at your local farmers market or supermarket. Fun fact: pumpkins are not vegetables! They are fruits because they have seeds. Weird, right?
With pumpkins so abundant in Fall, why not use them to create this treat for your dog. People enjoy pumpkins this time of year in our drinks, desserts, and main courses. So why not in doggy treats? This recipe is dog-friendly and while you can use canned pumpkin, be good to your dog and use fresh instead. Tastier and healthier!
This recipe is from pinchofyum.com; homemade dog treats in the shape of little bones and makes about 30 treats. How cute! When using fresh pumpkin, make sure to cut the pumpkin in half and place onto a baking pan in the oven until soft. Take out and scrape the meat out of the hard shell then use 1 cup. Quick and easy!
1 cup pumpkin
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup oil; any oil will do or an oil used to help with your dog’s skin/fur
2½ cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons bacon grease, melted
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
– Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour. Stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated.
– Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies. Bake for 15 minutes.
– Whisk the bacon grease and peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer). Let your dog lick the bowl or go ahead and give it a taste.
Have your dog sit and watch you while you’re busy making him or her this treat. They’ll never know it’s for them until you reach one warm treat out to them. Make this doggy treat, and you’ll be getting lots of sloppy kisses.