Pumpkin Spice Treats for Fall
With the arrival of Fall comes the impulse to add Pumpkin to everything…pumpkin Lattes, pumpkin pies, carved pumpkins, and of course pumpkin dog treats. Canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling) is a great source of fiber for your dog and helps with digestive regularity. I use it when my dogs have an upset tummy or to help with constipation or diarrhea. A teaspoon in their food can work miracles. It is also low in calories so using for your dog treats means you can ease up on the portions a bit. Which is something I have to monitor with Ace as he seems to gain weight just looking at food!
This recipe is another one that I have made from the Home Cooking for your Dog book that I shared in a previous post. I like the treats in this book because they add some organ meat which is extremely nutrient rich and makes me feel a bit better about giving them to my dogs.
This recipe makes 4 dozen if you use a med sized melon scooper for your cookies. I freeze mine in batches of 1 dozen in small ziplock bags. I usually go thru 1 bag a week with my three hounds.
PUMPKIN SPICE TREATS
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup (8 ounces) pumpkin (NOT the pie filling)
1 cup mashed ripe banana (the more ripe it is the more nutrient rich it is)
1/2 cup (4 ounces) chopped beef heart (be sure and mince into very small pieces so it will mix evenly throughout the batter)
1/2 cup hot water
1 TBL cinnamon
Preheat the over to 325 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. (I prepare at least 3 baking sheets so I can have them all ready to bake)
In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the flour, pumpkin, banana, beef heart, water and cinnamon. Mix all the ingredients well.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart from each other.
Bake them for 15-18 minutes, until slightly hardened. Allow the treats to cool for 30 minutes before serving. Refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
I would love to hear what your dogs think of this fall treat. I know the Sage Hounds love them!
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