Contributor: Natalie Sirolli.
Hey all! Holiday festivities have begun, and what better way to celebrate all the fun than with homemade treats for your furry friends?! Let’s be honest, pups LOVE food (maybe even more than toys? Don’t quote me on that) and this treat recipe I’m about to share with you guys had the dogs at Dog School going crazy. But before I give you all the rundown, I want to share some very important information about what you can and cannot give your dog during your festivities this month.
Things you CAN’T give your pup:
- Small bones from fish, poultry, or meat
- Cat food
- Coffee/Tea (and all other caffeinated drinks)
- Citrus oil extracts
- Fat trimmings
- Hops (the stuff you make beer with)
- Human vitamins
- Macadamia nuts
- Weed/tobacco (seriously, don’t)
- Onions/garlic/onion powder/garlic powder
- Pits from fruit
- Raw foods (eggs & meat)
- Sugary foods
- Dough with yeast
- Artificial sweeteners
Things you CAN give your pup:
- Pasta/rice (in moderation)
- Peanut butter
- Apples (without seeds)
- Sweet potato
- Orange sections
- Eggs (cooked)
These lists are not entirely complete, so if you’re ever unsure of something the best solution would be contact your vet first. The internet can serve as a good source of information from trusted websites. However, if you suspect your pup is having any health issues, contact your vet immediately!
Now, onto the recipe! What you’ll need:
- Applesauce (1/2 cup)
- Canned pumpkin (1/2 cup)
- Oat flour (2 cups) - can be substituted for 100% whole wheat flour
- Flax seed meal (1/2 cup)
- Water (1/3 cup)
First things first, preheat your oven (or toaster oven!) to 350 degrees F.
While that’s getting toasty, blend or process your applesauce and pumpkin together. When that’s fully combined, dump it into a mixing bowl and add your flour and flax. Slowly add in your water while combining both the dry and liquid ingredients into a dough.
Once your dough is formed, place a sheet of parchment paper on your work surface sprinkled with some flour, place another sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough, and roll it out until it’s just about 1/2 inch thick. After you’ve rolled your dough, you can stamp out your treats with cookie cutters, the rims of mugs, the rims of shot glasses, or you just cut little squares! Regardless of their shape, your pups will surely enjoy them. Once your treats and cut, place them on a baking sheet lined with lightly greased parchment paper, and right before putting them in the oven, press a few spaces in the treats and stick the blueberries in those ridges (they’ll stick better!
Bake your treats for about 40 minutes (depending on your oven and treat thickness) and then let them cool. Serve to as many or as little dogs as you please and enjoy some blueberry scented kisses along the way! These treats don’t spread while they’re baking, so if they’re thicker then it’s fine! Just remember to bake them a few minutes longer while checking for fast browning around the edges. If this happens, just lower the oven temperature and continue baking!