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Giving your pup table scraps or people food can be very tempting, especially around the holidays when there’s more home cooking and baking being done. But, all the extra fat, salt, and sugar in our food isn’t always the best for your dog’s stomach. We’re sharing an easy homemade dog treat recipe that you can make ahead of time as a tail-waggin’ canine-friendly snack. Whip up a batch and store in your kitchen to serve up when your pup shows good behavior or wants to be included during holiday meal time.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- ½ Cup Canned Pumpkin (Not Pumpkin Pie Filling)
- 3 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
- 1 Egg
- 1 Cup Plain Quick Oats
- 1½ Cups Flour
- ¼ Tsp. Cinnamon
- Hot Water
- Mixer (Optional)
Easy Step-by-Step Directions:
- Using a mixer or your hands, combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, oats, flour, and cinnamon until a firm ball forms.
- The mixture should be a slightly sticky, firm ball. If it’s too wet or sticky, add a little more flour. If it’s too dry to stick together, add a small amount of hot water.
- Knead the dough a few times on a tabletop, then roll the dough flat until it’s about ¼” thick.
- Use a knife to cut out leaf shapes (or any other shape you’d like!).
- Bake the treats on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350° for 45 minutes or until slightly browned and crisp, flipping once.
- Let them cool and store the treats in an airtight container in the fridge.
Like people, some dogs have allergies and should avoid certain foods. If you suspect your dog may be allergic to any of the above ingredients, remove that item and replace it with something similar. If you have any questions, please contact your vet.
Speaking of treats (no tricks!), if you’re looking for a last-minute DIY Halloween costume idea, be sure to check out these fun pet costumes using Dollar Tree supplies!