Homemade Dog Treats: Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe
If you are looking for a way to introduce homemade dog treats to your dog’s diet, then over the next 8 weeks I’ll be sharing our favourite Sunday Bites! Yep, by the end of our Sunday Bites series, you’ll have 8 homemade dog treat recipes, that are all simple to make and that your furiend will love you for making. This week we’re kicking off with one of Millie’s winter favourites. Yep, it’s our Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe!
There’s something so satisfying with make homemade treats for your dog. Not only can you ensure ingredients to suit your dogs diet, particularly if you have a dog with sensitivities or allergies like Millie, but it can be a great way to use up some of those ingredients cluttering up your cupboard and fruit bowl too!
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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe
Preparation Time: 10 minutes; Cooks In: 35-40 minutes
- 280 grams of wholemeal flour
- 2 eggs
- 115 grams of pumpkin puree*
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter**
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Decorative cookie cutters optional
* the fab pawrents of Luther (@lutherthedalmation) gave us lots of pumpkin puree which we used up in a number of recipes. You can buy pumpkin pureee in a tin or make your own which can be stored fresh for 3 days or in a freezer for between 3-6 months. Check out these instructions to make pumpkin puree here
** remember to make sure your peanut butter is free of the ingredient xylitol. I always use 100% whole peanut butter which you can find in most stores (if you are based locally in Carnoustie, you’ll find this in Gather).
#1 Preheat your oven (180C) and prepare your baking tins.
Preheat your oven to 180C and find two baking tins/trays. I used greaseproof paper to line my baking trays but you could grease your tray as you would in normal baking or use a low-fat cooking spray like Fry light.
#2 Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl
I did say it was easy!!! Literally, pop all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them together. You could use a food processor to do this but a few minutes and a wooden spoon will do too just as good a job too!
You can add water to the bowl if you need to make the dough more workable. Overall you want it to be dry and stiff to cut out the shapes so do add any water in small quantities until you are happy with the dough.
#4 Roll out your dough
Flour the surface you plan to roll out your dough onto and your rolling pin too. This will help stop the dough from sticking to the surface.
You can roll out your dough in small sections but overall you want the dough to end up around 1/2 inch/3cm thick.
#5 Using your favourite cookie cutters, cut out your dog treats
Depending on the time of year, you may choose to use any of the cookie cutters you may have around the house (hearts for valentines perhaps). But I opted my go-to mini bone shape cutter which came in a set of two and that you can find here on Amazon. I love the size of the mini bone cutter and results in around 35 treats per batch for this recipe.
#6 Bake in the oven
Pop them in the oven for around 35 minutes. The biscuits should be hard and when you press them, there shouldn’t be any give. Think crunchy instead of soft and brown edges are a perfect sign too!
If needed, you can pop them back in for 2-3 minutes at a time until you are happy.
#7 Treat Time!!
If your pooch is anything like Millie, she’ll have been hovering around throughout this whole process, waiting for a treat! Well…. it would be rude not to let them now test once they’ve cooled a little ;0)
Pop them into an airtight container to store. Personally, if storing at room temperature, I’d use these over 3/4 days, otherwise, pop into the refrigerator to for up to a week or you could freeze them too!
Did your Dog Love our Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe?
I’d love to hear how you get on with making this recipe and, of course, whether your dog loved your homemade dog treat too!
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