Pumpkin pet treats

I love reading these days, especially my nutrition books. As a Holistic Nutritionist, I always find it fascinating to read all of the different theories of nutrition and longevity. As I sit outside and enjoy the cooler mornings, my dog faithfully lays by my side. Today I ran across a recipe for homemade dog treats, and it hit me, I need to take care of my faithful, loving dog as much as I do myself.  She has allergies and at her young age is blind in one eye. So here is a recipe to try for your dog thanks to Dr. Axe.

Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats

TOTAL TIME: ABOUT 2 HOURS

SERVES: MAKES ABOUT 50 1-INCH TREATS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ cups almond meal (also sold as almond flour)
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (plain)
  • water or broth, as needed

DIRECTIONS:

1.   Preheat oven to 225°F.

2.   Line two cookie sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper.

3.   Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

4.   Squeeze a handful, and if it holds together in a ball, you are good to go. If it crumbles rather than holding together; add water or broth, a little at a time, until it does hold together when squeezed.

5.   Roll or pat the dough to make a slab about quarter-inch thick. Work on a silicone mat (or place the dough between two sheets of waxed paper) to keep it from sticking to your hands or rolling pin.

6.   Cut the dough into shapes: squares or rectangles are the quickest, but you can also use a cookie cutter (simple shapes are best), or a small drinking glass to cut circles (press it down firmly, then twist it before lifting it away from the dough, and the disk will usually stay on the rolling surface).

7.   Carefully place each shape onto your prepared cookie sheets; these treats don’t spread as they bake so they can be almost touching each other.

8.   If you like you can use a dull knife to press an "X" about 1/16th of an inch into the top of each biscuit to make it easy to snap it into tiny bits for training-reward treats.

9.   You can also press any other pattern you like into the surface before baking: try making paw prints with the tips of a chopstick, using the large end to make the central pad and the small end to make the toes.

10.               Bake for 50 minutes or a little less if the edges start turning dark.

11.               Remove from the oven and let the biscuits cool on the baking pans.

12.               Store the cooled, finished biscuits in an airtight jar.

Precautions When Making Homemade Dog Treats

Always cook treats containing eggs, meat or fish thoroughly to reduce the risk of food poisoning. Since your treats will contain no preservatives (yeah!) be sure to store them properly (the fridge or freezer is always a safe bet) to prevent problems.

And remember, these recipes are for treats, not full meals. Feeding large amounts of any new food — especially one that is high in fat has the potential to upset Fido’s tummy, causing diarrhea or vomiting, so stick to just a couple of treats at a time when you try something new. Treats can also add up fast, calorie-wise, so you need to remember to adjust portions at mealtime to account for daily treats, to help keep Fifi from joining the 54 percent of U.S. dogs that are overweight or obese