Dogs love treats but as they get older their digestive system is happier with less fat and more fibre.
Here’s one way to give your pet a crunchy, healthy treat that is easy to make and tasty.
And the recipe has many kid-friendly activities in the steps.
Tip: make this recipe whenever you have half of a cup of leftover pumpkin and freeze the treats.
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup canned, steamed, or boiled unsweetened pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons of Psyllium husks*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Wood spoon
- Rolling pin
- Small cookie cutter or a sharp knife
- Parchment paper
- Baking tray
- Oven mitts
- Cooling rack
- Airtight container
- Optional: freezer-safe container
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Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 40 minutes
Makes: 60 treats, depending on thickness and size.
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
- Add eggs, pumpkin, and peanut butter to a large mixing bowl and whisk until well mixed.
- Add flour, psyllium husks, salt, cinnamon, and turmeric.
- Stir until the dough forms a ball.
Tip: add a little water if your dough is stiff and dry or crumbly.
Tip: If the dough is a little too sticky, either dust the rolling pin with a little flour or use a second layer of parchment paper to roll on.
If you're using parchment paper
- Measure out and tear off enough paper to cover your baking tray.
Tear one length off for the countertop and another for under the rolling pin, if you’re not using extra flour.
- Lay a sheet of parchment paper on the kitchen counter and place the ball of dough in the centre.
- If, instead of flour, you’re using a second sheet, place it on top and lightly flatten the dough with the palm of your hands.
Tip: using parchment paper makes an easier cleanup.
If you're using flour
- Lightly dust your rolling area on the counter with flour.
- Place the ball of dough in the centre.
- Lightly dust your rolling pin before you begin.
- When the dough becomes sticky, re-dust your rolling pin.
If your dog is small to medium-size, roll the dough out to an even 1/4″ thickness for approximately 80 dog treats.
If your dog is bigger, roll the dough out to 1/2″ thickness. Approx: 60 dog treats.
If you have a Furbo, make the treats even smaller.
Note: The number of treats is approximate, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
If you’re using a knife, simply cut your pieces into 1/2″ x 1/2″ squares.
- Transfer cookies to the parchment paper on the baking tray.
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- If using a cookie cutter, gather all the scraps, reform the dough into a ball, and re-roll to the thickness you require.
Continue cutting cookies until there is no more dough.
- Bake until treats are hard, or about 40 minutes.
- Halfway through, rotate the tray for even baking.
To test for doneness:
Press into the centre of each treat. The outer edge of cookies will cook quicker than those in the centre.
The treat is baked when the centre is hard.
- Test and transfer all baked treats to a cooling rack.
- Leave softer cookies on the tray and bake for 3 more minutes.
Re-test and transfer all baked cookies to the cooling rack.
Leave any softer cookies on the tray and put back in the oven.
Turn the oven off and leave the door open until they harden.
- When cool, store treats in an airtight container, and add a label.
To maintain freshness, freeze the remainder until needed.
Gift ideas for your newly-made dog treats
Personalized dog treat jar
Personalized favour bags
You can get lots of miles out of personalized favour bags
Hand these bags filled with homemade treats to family and friends who have a dog for:
~ Valentine’s Day
~ seasonal holidays
~ public holidays like the 4th of July.
List the ingredients for any pooch or owner with allergies and include this post so they’ll pop over and grab the recipe!
Psyllium husks add more fibre to your dog’s diet.
I add 2 tablespoons of psyllium husks because in the summer they’re outdoors swimming and get hungrier much earlier.
And in the winter when they’re less active the psyllium husks keep their digestive system moving and excess weight off.
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You don’t even have to be at home which is perfect for anyone missing their pet or if your pet suffers from separation anxiety.
The Furbo is designed for small treats (under 0.4 inches) so you could make your cookies the same size.
So far Furbo has saved over 500 dog lives because of the Bark Alert feature.
Pumpkin Turmeric Dog Treats
These homemade baked dog treats are low fat, high fibre, and all-natural. Easy to make and healthy and a great way to use up any leftover pumpkin. Add treats to a favour bag or personalised jar and you've got the perfect gift.
- 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup pumpkin pure, unsweetened
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp psyllium husks
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
Preheat oven to 350°F (175° C)
Whisk eggs, pumpkin, and peanut butter in a mixing bowl until blended.
Add flour, psyllium husks, salt, cinnamon, and turmeric. Stir until well mixed. Add a little water if needed.
Roll the dough to 1/2" thickness and cut into 1/2" squares or ue a cookie-cutter.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until hard in the centre.
Store in an airtight container. Freeze the remainder until needed.