In addition to supporting a healthy digestion, pumpkin is low in calories, high in fiber and full of essential nutrients like vitamin A,C,B-6, zinc, potassium and iron. Try some of these fun recipes below for a healthy addition to your pups diet.
1. Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats
This Recipe Courtesy of Wholefully
1 15oz can Organic 100% pure pumpkin
1/2 cup organic creamy peanut butter ( Xylitol free and no extra ingredients)
1/2 cup Organic Pure Coconut Oil, melted
4 organic cage-free eggs
1 teaspoon organic turmeric
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1 1/2 cups coconut flour, plus additional for rolling
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, peanut butter, coconut oil, and eggs until smooth.
Add in the turmeric, cinnamon, and coconut flour. Mix until well combined. Let rest for about five minutes to thicken.
Dump the dough out onto a surface well-coated in coconut flour. Sprinkle top liberally with more coconut flour, and then roll until about 1/4” thick. Cut using cooking cutters, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Combine the dough scraps and re-roll until all dough is gone.
Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until the cookies are dry and hard. Let cool completely.
Store in an airtight container for up to a month.
Wholefully suggests adding a glaze for an added bonus. Mix together 1/4 cup peanut butter with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Place in a ziptop bag, snip off the corner, and drizzle on. The glaze will harden in the fridge, but might be a bit soft at room temperature. Keep the biscuits unglazed if planning on packaging
The Baroo notes : Gluten Free flour can be a challenge to work with. I had to add a lot of coconut flour to roll it out. Letting the dough sit for an extra 15- 20 minutes prior to rolling can be helpful in making the dough more manageable. The dogs loved them regardless and I love that this recipe includes healthy fats and anti -inflammatory ingredients for my aging pup!
2. Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Frozen Treats
This recipe courtesy of The Honest Kitchen
1 cup yogurt plain
1 can 100% pure organic pumpkin
2 tablespoons the honest kitchen's Instant Goat's Milk
2 tablespoons organic peanut butter ( xylitol free and no extra ingredients)
Add yogurt, pumpkin puree, goat's milk, and peanut butter into a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
Pour mixture right from blender into ice cube trays or silicone molds. Use a spatula to ensure the mixture is spread evenly into the tray or mold.
Once each mold is full, wrap in plastic wrap or place in Ziploc bag to avoid mess.
Place in freezer and let freeze completely, overnight.
When you're ready to serve, take molds out of freezer and let stand for a minute. They'll pop out with a simple twist of the tray.
The Baroo notes:
Easy breezy to make. Great for teething puppy gums but can be messy to eat so you may want to deliver treat in a designated area.
3. Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats
This recipe courtesy of Three Little Ferns
4 - 4.5 cups oatmeal, plus additional
1 medium apple
1 cup organic canned pumpkin
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Grind the oatmeal down in a food processor or blender. Transfer to mixing bowl.
Core apple, being sure to remove all of the seeds ( apples seeds can be toxic to dogs). Grate apple, and add to bowl with oatmeal.
Add egg and canned pumpkin to bowl and mix well to combine. The mixture will be thick and slightly sticky.
On a surface dusted with oatmeal (ground or not, your choice) roll the dough out to approximately 1/2" thick. Use a doggy bone cookie cutter to cut dough into shapes, and transfer to a lined baking sheet.
Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Allow to cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container for up to a week.
The Baroo notes:
While the ingredients in all of the recipes above are free from common allergens, please remember every dog is unique and each may have their own special dietary needs. Please check with your veterinarian on what is appropriate for your pup.
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