Yes. If you know me even a little, you know that I’m a dog lover. Nora is a sassy, mischievous and smart Wheaten Terrier. She is a lover of all people and dogs and makes me laugh daily. You can’t find cheaper therapy. And while I don’t normally dress my dog in people clothes…I couldn’t resist just this once.
I make a batch of these doggie treats every few weeks. It’s cheaper and Nora has some food allergies or sensitivities that make her itchy so, out of necessity I found a recipe that I modified to have limited ingredients, healthy for dogs, and will store for weeks. Not all dog biscuit recipes are created equal. I watch out for things that dogs can be sensitive to or that just aren’t good for them. I’ve used all types of flour including all purpose and rice flour, but have settled on Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour since Nora didn’t do well on rice flour or all purpose flour. Wheatens can have gluten sensitivity (LOL). The benefit to gluten free flour? NOT STICKY. Nice for rolling out and you do have to roll them. Also, a dog bone cookie cutter is required for this recipe to work. Just kidding. That’s kind of like putting frosting on a dog biscuit. Who’s that for? The dog or you? So the dog bone cookie cutter makes me feel clever. Nora doesn’t care.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
- 1-15 oz can pumpkin
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free) – you may add a bit more flour depending on which brand of pumpkin you use
- 3 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Just follow these steps:
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Mix all ingredients together until homogenous
- Roll out of floured surface to about 3/8″-1/4″ thick
- Cut and place on baking sheet
Put them really close together since they don’t raise or expand. This makes two very full half sheet pans.
Then when they’re all baked and cooled you can put them in a nice jar.
Next, find a super cute chef’s hat and try to get it on your dog’s head for a picture. Then take about 150 pictures and reposition the hat every single time. Have lots of treats in your pocket. Don’t forget to take them out when you’re done. Eek.
Much credit goes to my husband Steve for his mad photography skills, and Nora’s awesome groomer Tracy who (bless her heart) didn’t shave Nora even though she had lots of mats in her fur this time. I promise to never, ever let that happen again!