Susan Frank with NutriSource shows how to make pumpkin treats for your dogs that they will love and are good for them too.
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 18 – 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats. (not the instant, quick, cooking kind). Reserve a little of the oat flour in a dish for when forming the cookies.
- 2 eggs
- 1 and 1/4 cup pure pumpkin purée. (approx. 12 oz.) Use canned or fresh pumpkin. Fresh can be raw or cooked. Only use from a freshly cut pumpkin. For canned, make sure it contains, pumpkin only, not pumpkin pie filling which contains sugars and other ingredients.
- Optional for dogs, you can add 1 banana, mashed for additional flavor.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C)
- Place the oats in the bowl of a food processor, blender or Vita Mix.
- Let the machine run for 1- 2 minutes, just until the oats are a flour consistency.
- Pour the flour into another mixing bowl. Add the pumpkin purée and eggs. Stir and mix to combine until the dough looks uniform. If the dough seems very dry or too hard to mix, add a very small amount of water.
- Scoop out small amounts of dough with a spoon or cookie scoop and drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Flatten with the back of a spoon dipped in flour.
- Using a small tool with a blunt, rounded end, such as a chopstick, press the end into the dough to create a paw print design on each cookie.
- Bake for 15 – 25 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through. Baking longer gives harder, crunchy cookies, baking less time creates softer ones. Make sure they are baked all the way through before removing from oven.
- Cool completely before giving to your pet.
If using cookie cutters and rolling out the dough:
- Add 1/4 cup more oat flour to the dough while it is in the processor.
- Sprinkle your work surface with a few tablespoons of the oat flour, turn the dough out onto the counter and work the flour from the counter into the dough until it is no longer sticky.
- You may need to add a few more tablespoons of flour to the dough so that you can roll it out without it sticking to the rolling pin.
- Roll the dough out to the desired thickness. 1/8 to 1/4″ works well.
- Place the cookies on the lined cookie sheet and continue with step 8 to bake.
YIELD: Approximately 60 small cookies. SERVING SIZE: 1 CALORIES: 13
The suggested amount to treat your pet is 1-2 cookies a day. You might give more or less depending on the size of the cookies and the activity level of your pet.
How to store the pet cookies.
Store homemade pet treats generally, the same way you would for homemade cookies for humans. Because there are no preservatives in them, make sure the cookies are crisp and dry and store them in a tight zip lock bag, canister or in the refrigerator. If leaving them out in a cool environment, they can last up to 2 weeks. If kept in the refrigerator, they will last about a month. Freeze any that will not be eaten within a reasonably short amount of time.