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Pumpkin Dog Treats – Simple and Grain-Free

Pumpkin dog treats - vitalplanet.com

Fall is pumpkin time, no doubt! In my house, pumpkin is a favorite all year round, especially for my beloved four-legged companions. Pumpkin dog treats seem to offer both health and fun.

Most of us don’t use the pumpkin innards to add to our pet’s food after we carve scary faces on them. Instead, it’s much easier to pick up a can of plain pumpkin puree from the store with no added seasonings. As I mentioned in my recent blog Why Fiber for Fido? canned pumpkin is a great addition to your dog’s meal, often added to improve his stool. Here at Vital Planet, we’ve even formulated a product called Firm Stool that has pumpkin as one of its ingredients! We pet parents certainly appreciate a healthy dog poop, don’t we?

With that intention “firmly” in mind, I decided to have fun with a friend of mine and get a little creative. We did some research I’ll share with you regarding grain-free pumpkin dog treats. We even baked up a batch! I was truly amazed at how simple and quick the whole process was.

3 ingredients – EZ Pumpkin Dog Treats! VERY easy~

  1. 1 ripe banana (I always have some in the freezer)
  2. ½ cup coconut flour
  3. ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well until combined. A potato masher works great!
  • Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness. If the dough sticks, sprinkle a little more coconut flour on top. We couldn’t find a rolling pin, so we used a glass bud vase with straight sides that worked perfectly!
  • Cut the treats using cookie cutters. Or if you don’t have any, no worries. You can simply cut the dough into strips. (can you tell which ones are ducks and who is the sheep in our treats?)
  • Place treats directly onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. They don’t expand so you can place them close to each other.
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes. After 15 minutes, keep an eye on them, depending on the size you made each treat.
  • Let them cool completely before eating. Ours had a semi-soft consistency that was delightful, yet crisp around the edges. Easy to break into smaller pieces for multiple offerings.
  • The recipe mentions that you can store the uneaten treats in an airtight container for 4 days or freeze them for up to 3 months.
  • This recipe was contributed by Christina Berry who authors TheLazyPitBull.com

Pumpkin Dog Treats - vitalplanet.comWe sampled these ourselves and they were delicious. Nothing but good ingredients in these treats. And I’m very happy to report that Buck agreed wholeheartedly!

Did you know that coconut can improve the condition of your dog’s skin and coat?

I also discovered these other delicious and nutritious grain-free pumpkin treats on my quest. Check them out and let me know how you like them!

4 ingredients – Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats offered by acozykitchen.com

This recipe was interesting in that it used garbanzo flour instead of coconut. It also included peanut butter. This blog suggested that you could substitute quinoa, amaranth or potato flour as well.

Note on using nut-butters – always purchase plain and unsalted for your dog. The sweetener xylitol is actually poisonous for our pets and salt and other sweeteners are generally unhealthy for them too. Personally, I like to use almond butter even better than peanut butter, and my dogs approve too.

5 ingredients – Homemade Grain-free Apple, Cinnamon, and Pumpkin Dog Treats from K9 Instinct

As the title suggests, an interesting ingredient is apples in the form of applesauce. The base is coconut flour and I really liked the idea of adding cinnamon. Cinnamon has been found to soothe stomach issues, help to regulate blood sugar, and improve overall digestion.

Note – sweet potato can be substituted for pumpkin. It is also high in fiber and vitamins and adds a delicious natural sweetness. Like pumpkin, it has also been found to be helpful for dogs with both diarrhea and constipation.

7 ingredients – Grain-Free Pumpkin Coconut Dog Treats offered by wholefully.com

This recipe is essentially a nut butter mixture with a base of coconut flour, and of course, pumpkin puree. I was most interested in the addition of both cinnamon and turmeric. We just discussed the healthful benefits of cinnamon. Add in turmeric which is well-known for its helpfulness in supporting joint health and comfort in movement. I’m curious how much turmeric would impact the taste of the treat. Definitely worth a try!

Bon appetit Fido, and Happy Thanksgiving too!

 

 

 

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