Thanksgiving Pumpkin Dog Treats

By Analisa Quintero, November 2015

“Squashing” the benefits out of a pumpkin!

 

Digestive Health

  • Excellent source of fiber.
  • Helps with constipation.
  • Helps with diarrhea.

Urinary Health

  • Fatty acids and antioxidant source.
  • Contains vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron to prevent cancer.
  • Oils around the seed help keep the urinary tract clean.

Weight loss

  • Fiber keeps them full for longer periods of time.
  • Replace food with some pumpkin.
  • Adds additional flavor, naturally.

 

Let’s get cooking!

 

Pumpkin peanut butter treats

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix all ingredients on Low, until dough comes together.
  • ½″between treats is enough.
  • Bake 30 minutes.
  • Makes 75+ 1″treats.

 

Pumpkin-cinnamon treats

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 100% canned pure pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

  • Combine pumpkin, cinnamon and egg in the bowl.
  • Add flour ½ cup at a time into the bowl until stiff dough forms.
  • Roll dough to about ½ inch thick.
  • Line dog treats ½ inch apart.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until treat is golden brown.
  • Store treats at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

No bake peanut butter pumpkin rolls

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup peanut better
  • 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin, canned
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2½ cups oats

Instructions:

  • Add peanut butter, pumpkin, cinnamon and honey in a bowl and mix.
  • Roll batter into balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks (3 months frozen)

 

Peanut butter, pumpkin apple pup-cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup 100% canned pure pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter
  • ½ apple finely chopped
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Grease a ramekin or a jumbo muffin tin.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack for 5 minutes.
  • Frost with the mixture with either: a spoon of peanut butter, spoon of plain greek yogurt or a spoon of honey.

 

Pumpkin and molasses treats

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 4 tbsps. molasses
  • 4 tbsps. water
  • 2 tbsps. vegetable oil
  • 2 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Blend all of the wet ingredients (pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, water) together.
  • Add the dry ingredients (wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon) and stir until soft dough forms.
  • Grab the dough by teaspoonful’s and roll it into balls with your hands.
  • Drop the balls onto the cookie sheet or pizza pan and flatten them with a fork.
  • Bake until hard (approximately 25 minutes).

 

Facts about doggy treats

  • In 2014, 16% of US pet food spending went to treats.
  • In 2016, 26% people spent $5-$9 on pet treats every month.
  • Pumpkin is 4th in the most recommended ingredient in dog treats.
  • Treats and snacks should only make up 10% of a dog’s daily calories.
  • Low calorie veggie treats include: baby carrots, a green bean or some broccoli.

This is a cross post from Kuddly.co. 

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