Fresh seasonal ingredients are an excellent way to make nutritious treats for dogs. But it doesn't have to be fall in order to make snacks your canine will love. While pumpkins are readily available right now, you can use canned pumpkin pack year round to create any of these three easy to make dog treats in just minutes.
Pumpkin Smoothies for Dogs
- ¾ cup of (unsweetened) coconut, almond or goat's milk
- ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
- 1 cup of chopped, uncooked pumpkin
- Combine all ingredients in blender
- Blend until well mixed*
- Pour into serving cups
*Tip: Add another splash of milk if consistency is too thick.
Pumpkin Cookie Recipe for Dogs
Preheat oven to 350º and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (plain)
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tbsp. applesauce
- ¾ cup & 2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
- Bil-Jac Dessert Jacs dog treats (optional)
Combine pumpkin puree, honey, egg and applesauce together with a mixer. Mix well. Next, add flour and stir until all ingredients are fully combined. Refrigerate for one hour (or overnight and make the following day).
Bake for 18-22 minutes and remove from oven. While cookies are still warm and soft, decorate by gently pressing in small dog treats. Allow to cool before serving. Makes 10-15 cookies with an estimated 50-70 calories per cookie, depending on size.
Frozen Pumpkin Spice Dog Treats
- 1 can pumpkin puree (plain)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 ripe banana sliced in pieces
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1/4 Tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
Add pumpkin puree and yogurt to a blender and pulse for a minute or two until ingredients start to mix. Then add peeled, sliced banana and repeat pulsing. Next, add honey and turn blender on high until all ingredients are mixed to a smooth consistency. Pour into ice cube trays or cookie molds and freeze.
DIY Dog Treats
Pumpkin is easily digestible and often recommended for pets with upset stomachs. Homemade dog treats have the added advantage of being not only preservative free, but free of unwelcome by products or ingredients that can trigger allergies. They're also a great guilt-free way of allowing them to share in holiday eating without the worry. Do your pets a favor and whip up something at home.
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