Monday, 30 May 2016

{RECIPE} Pumpkin Blueberry Bites

This week's treat is made with a double dose of pumpkin goodness, a dash of chocolatey carob, and topped with fat juicy blueberries.

Pumpkin Blueberry Bites - Dog Treats

1/2 cup cooked pumpkin/squash, smoothly mashed or pureed
2 tbsp pumpkin seed butter (can substitute smooth peanut butter)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tbsp carob powder
1/2 cup rice flour
Additional flour or water water if/as needed for consistency

Preheat oven to 180C. Mix the pumpkin and pumpkin seed butter together, and stir in flax and carob. Incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough.The amount of flour required may vary depending on your individual pumpkin mixture and any optional ingredients, so working the flour in incrementally is important. Missed the mark? No worries! You can add a little bit of water, a small drizzle of olive oil, or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. Roll by hand into small balls, place on a prepared baking sheet, and gently but firmly press a blueberry into the top of each ball. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Cool before serving and storage. 

Tips and Tricks:
  • We like to cube and roast a whole pumpkin/squash and then freeze it for easy use in smaller quantities.  It's a great healthy convenience food for dogs and humans too! If it is sold in your area, canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, NOT spiced or sweetened pie filling) can be substituted. As liquid content will vary, you may need to play around with the flour quantity to get a nice workable consistency.
  • Rice flour is gluten free and makes a lovely dough. You can substitute another flour, if you wish.
  • No blueberries? No problem!  You can make these with another dog-friendly fruit topper of your choice, top with a mini carob drop like our kiss-style cookies (check out these Coconut Carob Kiss Cookies for an example), or you can use the dough straight-up in either a simple ball/flatten style or go fancy by rolling and cutting shapes.
  • This dough can be frozen if you prefer to bake a smaller batch, or you can bake and freeze extras. 
  • Treats can be broken for smaller dogs or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time as the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • Different carob products may be stronger/weaker in smell and flavour. My go-to carob powder is quite potent.  Not sure about yours?  You can probably get a very good sense from the smell, but don't be shy to try a little taste taste. :)  It's pretty might even get hooked!  Adjust quantities if/as needed to suit your supply and tastes. Happy baking!
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. 

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