Our little dog (Nipper) is just like one of the family. He loves cuddles, car rides, playing and TREATS! This year I purchased him an advent calendar (Lily's Kitchen) I saw Tanya Burr had it for Martha last year and Martha got really excited to open it and couldn't wait to get the treat's out. But sadly it hasn't arrived and I felt like my little furry friend needed some Christmas spirit since the rest of us have out own treats (not so healthy though ahaha).
I was browsing Pinterest for some inspiration and found a few good recipes. I have used a few ideas from each to create this healthy doggy treat that is now officially Nipper approved!
What you will need:
3 cups of wholemeal flour
2 med/large eggs
2/3 cup of pureed pumpkin (1/2 a butternut squash pumpkin pureed in a blender)
1/2 cup of smooth natural peanut butter
Cut up half a butternut squash pumpkin and put in a small pot with 3 cups of water. Boil till the pumpkin is soft all the way through. Strain the pumpkin and put in the fridge to chill. Once chilled blitz in a blender till smooth.
Preheat over to 180 degrees Celsius and line your tray with nonstick baking paper.
Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, add the pumpkin (cooled), peanut butter and eggs in the bowl and mix on a medium speed until the mixture is smooth.
While the mixer is on a low-med speed gradually add the flour until the mixture starts to form around the paddle, the dough may still be slightly sticky. Dust some flour in the bowl and kneed by hand till the dough is no longer sticky.
On a floured surface roll the dough out to about 2/3cm in thickness. Using cookie cutters of your choice, cut out the cookies and place on lined trays. You can place these quite close together as they don't spread much while baking.
Bake in the oven for 18-20min until they are golden in colour.
Let them cool completely before letting your furry friend try them!
Nipper certainly liked them and now knows the sound of the container when it opens. If you want to try them these are perfectly human safe (haha) just don't eat one when your furry friend is watching, Nipper was quite shocked when he saw me try one of his new treats!
Have you made your own treats for your animals? Do you have any good dog treat recipes? I'd love to try more and I'm sure Nipper will be up for the too!