Homemade Pumpkin & Brewer's Yeast Dog Treats

by Susan Dorling Google
These spicy pumpkin treats will have your pup barking for more.

These spicy pumpkin treats will have your pup barking for more.

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The centerpiece of Halloween and fall celebrations, the mighty pumpkin is a super-nutritious and delicious veggie that dogs love. Packed with potassium and beta carotene, an antioxidant, it is the main ingredient in these Pumpkin Spice Tailwaggers. Featuring a rich blend of nutrients like brewer's yeast and lecithin, these crunchy goodies rock.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy clean-up. Crack the egg into the medium mixing bowl. Rinse and dry the shell. Grind the egg shell in the food processor or a grinder. Add the powdered egg shell to the large mixing bowl.

Step 2

Combine flours, spices, lecithin and brewer's yeast with the powdered egg shell in the large bowl and mix well to incorporate. Combine the applesauce, pumpkin and water with the egg in the medium bowl and mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a little at a time until thoroughly blended together.

Step 3

Roll the dough into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Place the cookies close together on the baking sheet. Flatten with a fork or the bottom of a tablespoon or glass. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Items You Will Need

  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil or parchment paper
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Food processor or grinder
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon brewer's yeast
  • 1 teaspoon lecithin
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin or fresh, pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup water

Tips

  • These treats may be kept in the freezer for quick and easy rewards.
  • Do not overfeed; these treats are perfect for rewards during training.
  • Sweet potato may be substituted for the pumpkin.
  • For a less spicy version, omit the ginger and nutmeg.
  • For a crunchier version, after baking, turn off the oven and leave the treats in the oven overnight.

Warning

  • If your best friend is overweight, feed these relatively low-fat treats only occasionally.

References

  • Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook; Jessica Disbrow Talley and Eric Talley
  • Dri. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to the Natural Health of Dogs & Cats; Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., Ph.D. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn

Resources

  • Pupcakes; Stephanie Mehanna
  • Three Dog Bakery Cookbook; Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

Photo Credits

  • Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images

About the Author

Based in Ontario, Susan Dorling has written professionally since 2000, with hundreds of articles published in a variety of popular online venues. Writing on a diverse range of topics, she reflects her passion for animals, interior design, home decorating, DIY projects, crafts, motorcycles and business.

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