Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Treat Your Dog to Some Homemade Goodness


When my kids asked if they could try the treats cooling on the counter, I said “Of course!”  After all, I knew exactly what was in those dog biscuits, and had no worries about them tasting the bones.  

February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day, and in honor of this day, why not cook up a little treat for your pooch?  These dog bones, from kevin&amanda, are healthy and delicious, and with just three ingredients, a snap to make.  The benefit of these ingredients?  





Natural Peanut Butter
  • Good source of protein and heart healthy fats.
  • Rich in vitamin B and E.
  • Natural peanut butter contains only peanuts, which are safe for dogs.  Other peanut butters may contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener, that even in small amounts is life threatening to dogs.  Make sure to read the ingredient label.

Brown Rice Flour
  • Gluten free, so it can be substituted for all purpose flour if your dog has a gluten allergy.  
  • Has fewer calories than all purpose or wheat flour.

Pumpkin
  • Great source of fiber and good for your dog’s digestive system.  Pumpkin can help keep your pet regular, and if he has an upset stomach, can act as a binding solution to absorb excess water and help with diarrhea.
  • Aids in urinary health.  The oil in pumpkin seeds can help with urinary incontinence.
  • Can help with weight management.  Pumpkin is low in calories and can be used as a replacement for a portion of your dog’s regular meal.  As always, make sure to check with your vet before changing your pet’s diet.

The kids’ reaction? They’d rather have a human cookie, but Summer has eaten them up!  And I feel like I am doing something good for her, by baking treats that are healthy and help manage her weight. I compared the Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats that contain just three ingredients to the store bought ones in my pantry.  I was astounded to find 28 ingredients in the store bought ones!  I think I’ll be making homemade dog bones more often.  One important thing to note about homemade bones is that they spoil faster than store bought ones , due to the lack of preservatives.  These bones can be stored in an airtight container for a few days, and in the freezer for up to six months.





Summer loves them!!!



Happy National Dog Biscuit Day.  Now get cookin’!

Recipe for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats (from kevin&amanda)
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned I used organic)
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (I used Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.
3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

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4 comments:

  1. This is awesome! :) I don't have a doggie, but if I did I'd pamper it with this recipe!

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  2. Its really good, the natural dog treat is very healthy for our pet. This food is healthy a good for growing pets. Thanks you very much for sharing this blog.

    Natural Dog Treats

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