Are you worried your dogs feel left out every time a little goblin, sheik or princess grabs a handful of candy from your Halloween sweets bowl? They are. Don’t try explaining that candy is bad, even dangerous, for them. Instead, provide a delicious alternative.
Pet nutritionist and founder of The Honest Kitchen, Lucy Postins, has concocted an All Hallows Eve treat, made with pumpkin and beef, for our furry friends. Lucy’s Halloween BonBons are quick and easy to make, and use common ingredients found in most kitchens. ("Most kitchens" with a gluten- and grain-free focus, that is.)
The good news, says Postins, is quinoa and buckwheat are not true grains and are tolerated by many grain-allergic pets. She also points out that quinoa flour has a strong taste and aroma that most pets, but not all pets, love. If you’re cooking for a fussy pup, she suggests the buckwheat alternative.
LUCY'S HALLOWEEN BONBONS
1 cup Force (dehydrated, grain-free, gluten-free dog food)*
1 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
½ cup ground beef
Small handful of quinoa or buckwheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix equal parts of Force and pumpkin in a bowl. Add the beef, egg and quinoa or buckwheat flour, Mix until well blended.
Shape the dough into balls and place it on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly golden on the outside, but soft in the middle.
Cool, and call in the hounds.
For an extra burst of healthy stuff, add a teaspoon of powdered greens or spirulina.
For extra flavor, add a little sliced ham or some grated cheese.
*You can order a sample of Force dog food directly from The Honest Kitchen.