DIY Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

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This time last year: Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus

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You know what’s expensive? Dog food.

You know what’s not expensive and really fun?! Making your own dog treats! Cue all the DIY dog lovers out there!

This recipe is so easy- just four ingredients and one very happy pup!

I have never had a dog, but my boyfriend has a very sweet pitbull lab mix whom I have adopted. Her name is Chaos (yes, it’s fitting).

Chaos is just outside of her puppy years, so she still has a lot to learn. Thus, we have found that having dog treats on hand, can greatly help with the training process. Unfortunately, as grad students, neither of us are trying to spend lots of money on dog snacks, and I have a hunch that even when we’re out of grad school we won’t want to spend tons of money on dog snacks!

So, take it from me, this recipe is a winner. You could probably whip together this recipe with things you already have in your kitchen, and if you need a note of reference, Chaos is a big fan. 🙂

Happy baking, happy training, and happy tail wagging!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin purée, canned or fresh
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix on medium, until the dough forms small dough balls (about one minute). The dough should be soft, and slightly sticky. If it’s too stick, add a little more flour. If you pinch the dough and it crumbles, add a little water.
  3. Place the dough on a clean lightly floured surface, and roll out to a ¼ inch thickness.
  4. Using a cookie cutter, or a paring knife to cut the dough into shapes, squares, or strips. Roll the excess dough up and repeat until all the dough has been used.
  5. Arrange the cookies on a baking sheet. (They can be close together because they will not expand much).
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes for softer treats, or 30 minutes for crispier crunchy treats.

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: Use Real Butter
  • Yield: 100+ 1-inch dog treats
  • Store these treats in a covered container. Soft treat will keep on the counter for a few days, or up to a week in the refrigerator.

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