Wednesday, 7 October 2015

{RECIPE} Harvest Pumpkin Dog Truffle Treats

Whether you are looking for a harvest treat, planning a little something special for your dog's Halloween, or simply looking for a new (and health conscious) homemade recipe to try, these truffles are a hit!


Pumpkin Dog Truffle Treats

3/4 cup pureed cooked pumpkin (approximate)
1/8 cup coconut oil, warmed to liquid 
1 tsp turmeric (optional)
1/2 cup coconut flour
ground flaxseed (optional) mixed with Panko breadcrumb (can substitute or use a GF alternative) for rolling
   
Combine the pumpkin puree and coconut oil in a mixing bowl. Mix in the tumeric (optional), then incrementally add the coconut flour and mix thoroughly. Add a little extra coconut flour or oil/water if needed to adjust consistency to a nice sticky dough - precise measures may vary slightly depending on the liquid in your puree and type of flour.  Roll into small bite-sized balls, coat in the crumb and flaxseed mixture, and refrigerate until firm.


Tips and Tricks:
  • These treats should be kept refrigerated. 
  • They can be frozen, but defrost them in the fridge so that they remain firm.
  • I like to cube up and oven roast a whole pumpkin/squash, then freeze the cooked pumpkin for ready use.  Its a great way to add quickly that sweet roasted pumpkin goodness not only to dog treats, but also our human means (pizza, wraps, pasta...).  Cooked pumpkin is also great to have on hand in the event of upset dog tummies.  
  • If it is sold in your area, you can substitute pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling) and play with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency.
  • Coconut flour is a good option for gluten-free / grain-free pet treats, but its also a pretty healthy choice outright: it is high in fiber, high in protein, and low-GI relative to alternatives. Coconut flour is also very absorbent, which is part of getting a nice consistency and balance in these treats.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.  Happy Thanksgiving this weekend to our Canadian readers! We wanted to share this all-purpose pumpkin recipe first for those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, but we have some more absolutely pawesome Halloween dog treats prepped, taste-tested, and ready for posting over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! 


 

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