Pumpkin Cranberry Dog Treats
We all like a little spoiling during the holidays, and that includes our pets! Making your own dog treats is an easy and inexpensive way to spoil your dog at Christmastime. Wrap them in some lovely paper or a box or a tin, and they make a great gift for the dog lover in your life. A batch of homemade dog treats in a dog bowl or dog treat container would make any dog lover’s day! These Pumpkin Cranberry dog treats are easy to make and don’t take very long, so get let’s get baking.
· 720 ml of almond flour
· 2.5 ml salt
· 1 egg
· 120 ml of canned pumpkin. (NOTE: Be sure to not buy the canned pumpkin pie, which has spices added, but the plain pumpkin)
· 120 ml of fresh cranberries
How to Make Pumpkin Cranberry Dog Treats
Step 1. Preheat oven to 177 degrees C.
Step 2. Rinse your fresh cranberries and blend them in a food processor or blender until finely chopped.
Step 3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and salt.
Step 4. Add in egg, pumpkin and cranberries, and mix until a smooth batter is formed. If too wet, add more flour, if too dry, you can add some water or a bit of chicken broth.
Step 5. Divide into two balls, wrap in paper and refrigerate for at least two hours, until dough is firm.
Step 6. Put parchment paper with almond flour down on a rolling surface. Place one dough ball on it and then another piece of parchment paper over the dough. Roll out to about .60 cm thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters.
Step 7. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes, or until just starting to brown. Cookies will be soft to touch.
Step 8. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes before moving onto cooling rack.
Step 9. Make sure cookies have thoroughly cooled before feeding to your dog.
Makes anywhere from 12 to 24 cookies depending on thickness and size of cookies you make. Feed within one week.
This simple dog treat recipe is easy to alter once you know how to make it. Have a dog that loves peanut butter? Swap the pumpkin for peanut butter! You can also use less pumpkin and add bone broth for dogs that like a meatier taste. The cranberries can be left out, or swapped for grated carrots or celery.
The possibilities are endless – just make sure whatever you add is safe for dogs. And remember, always feed treats in moderation.