Tuesday, 29 March 2016

{RECIPE} Double Pumpkin Spice Dog Treats

This week's treat is made with a double dose of pumpkin goodness.  We know that many of you are heading into spring, but it's autumn here and really, pumpkin is great all year round, especially with a sprinkle of spice!

Double Pumpkin Spice Dog Treats
    • 1/2 cup cooked fresh pumpkin/squash, mashed or pureed
    • 2 tbsp pumpkin seed butter (can substitute smooth peanut butter)
    • sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
    • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
    • 1/2 cup rice flour plus additional flour for rolling
    • additional flour or water water if/as needed for consistency
    Preheat oven to 180C. Mix the pumpkin and pumpkin seed butter, and stir in cinnamon and flax (optional). 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 on a floured surface and cut, then place on a prepared baking sheet.  Alternatively, the dough can simply be rolled into small balls and flattened gently if you want to skip the rolling/cutting. 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.
    • In addition to being doggone delicious and fragrant, cinnamon offers some great health benefits to dogs (and people); however, it's not suitable for everyone. Pregnant/nursing dogs in particular should not be given cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is the recommended variety for dogs, if/when used. 
    • Rice flour is gluten free and makes a lovely smooth dough. You can substitute another flour, if you wish.
    • 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, made bigger/smaller, or you can substitute simple balls for cut treats - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.

    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.

    Like the treat jar in the photos?  It's an easy DIY upcycle, and makes a great way to share gifts of homemade treats to your friends. We'll be sharing it with you in Friday's post, so stay tuned!

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