Pumpkin For Dogs?
Happy Halloween/Fall/October! It’s the best time of the year & of course, that means it involves pumpkin!!
Pumpkin is incredibly nutritious, very easy to prepare and has nearly no side-effects. But be careful, not all pumpkins are equally good.
The pumpkin you carve for Halloween, for example, is potentially full of mold and bacteria after sitting on your porch for several weeks. It’s not a good idea to feed your dog a pumpkin that you use as a decor. Don’t take any risks!
Use the meat and seeds of fresh pumpkins instead. These are both safe for your dog. Pumpkin parts can become rancid very quickly, so if you decide to use raw pumpkin, it is important that it is that really fresh.
Discover now 5 amazing pumpkin dog treat recipes:
1. Pumpkin For Dogs: Easy Pumpkin Dog Treats
1 cup pumpkin
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2-1/2- 4 cups oat flour or wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Whisk pumpkin, eggs, and peanut butter. Fold in 2 1/2 cups of flour and cinnamon. Add additional flour until the dough no longer sticks.
Roll your mixture to 1/4 to 1/2 inch of thickness. Cut with the desired cookie cutter. Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes or until crispy.
2. Pumpkin For Dogs: Homemade Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
3 cups of brown rice flour (or gluten-free flour if your dog has allergies)
1/2 cup of oats (you can replace an additional 1/4 cup of grain-free flour instead)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
Preheat your oven to 350°.
In a small bowl, mix the flour, oats, and cinnamon. Whisk the pumpkin, eggs and peanut butter in a separate bowl. When both are well mixed, slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Add about 1/4 of the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Then add another quarter and stir until the whole thing is completely mixed. Continue until you have made a large ball of dry dough.
Roll out the mixture on a floured plate until it is about 1/4″ thick. You can use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes, or simply a butter knife or pizza cutter, as seen in the video, to cut out small squares.
This is the best part of making homemade dog treats – you can tailor them to your dog’s needs.
After cutting out the treats, place them on a well-greased cookie sheet and bake in the 350° oven for about 30-35 minutes. You will know when they are ready because they will take on a beautiful golden brown color.
When the treats are cold, you can feed them to your dog.
3. Pumpkin For Dogs: Pumpkin Dog Biscuits Recipe For Sensitive Stomachs
1 egg (if your dog is allergic to eggs, just skip it)
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
2,5 tablespoons flaxseed oil or olive oil
2 cups brown rice flour
1/3 cup cold water
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Beat the egg in a large mixing bowl. Then add the pureed pumpkin. If you buy canned pumpkin, do NOT buy a pumpkin cake filling. This contains extra sugar and artificial ingredients that your dog will not need. Also, try to get organic pumpkin if possible.
Add linseed oil and rice flour and stir until the mixture forms a dough. You will notice that the dough is very dry.
Slowly add the water to the mixture. You will see that the dough absorbs the water quickly. If you notice that the dough becomes sticky, stop adding water. Once the dough is smooth, you can roll it onto a floured surface.
As explained in the video above, roll the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Roll it as evenly as possible so that the biscuits all have the same thickness and take the same time to bake.
Makes approximately 100 mini dog treats!
2 1/2 cups flour (wholemeal or all-purpose)
1/2 cup old-fashioned oat flakes
1/4 cup ground linseed (or whole wheat germ)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 medium banana
1 cup 100% pure pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
Bake at 350° F for 40-45 minutes.
40-45 minutes baking time will result in crispy cookies. If you like it a softer, shorten the baking time a little.
Information on cooling and storage:
Allow the treats to cool for about TWO hours before storing them in a container (VERY IMPORTANT).
The treats can be stored in an airtight container for at least two weeks (cinnamon is a natural preservative).
If you decide to make SOFT cookies, they will not last longer than 1 week (more moisture = more perishable).
5. Simple 3 ingredients pumpkin dog treats!
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Whisk the egg and the pureed pumpkin in a middle mixing bowl. Add the flour and mix to a dough. Once a dough is formed, increase your working area. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut out the forms and place them on the baking tray. Roll up the remaining pieces again and cut out the molds while there is still some dough left.
Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Check that the cookies look crispy and crunchy. Allow the treats to cool completely before giving them to your dog.
Have Fun Baking The Dog Treats!!!
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