Pumpkin pie isn't just comforting and tasty, it's also full of beta-carotene. Research has shown that beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, may prevent heart disease and cancers. Treat your buddy to a scrumptious and healthy treat in the form of pumpkin pie made especially with canines in mind! While Max may want to steal that pumpkin pie right off your plate, these treats are full of good nutrition without all the sugar. Best of all, they are made with love!
Gather all the ingredients necessary to whip up these treats that your sweet buddy will love. You will need 1 1/2 cups of whole-wheat flower, a cup of rolled oats, two tablespoons of baking powder, a teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of ginger, one teaspoon of allspice, two tablespoons of canola oil, a half cup of pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup of organic peanut butter and 1/4 cup water. Be sure not to confuse the pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie filling, as these are two different things.
Preheat your over to 325 degrees. It's time to whip up the wheat flower, rolled oats, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger and allspice in a large bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together until blended well. In a medium sized bowl, stir the peanut butter, pumpkin and canola oil together. After this is sifted together smoothly, pour this into the larger bowl. Use a hand mixer to blend these two mixtures together. Pour the water in and mix on a low to medium-low speed.
Cookie Cutter Time
Flour a clean surface such as your kitchen countertop or a large cutting board. Roll out the tasty dog biscuit dough and knead it. This may seem like a lot of work, but remember: your buddy will love these treats and it's all worth it for him! Aim for 1/4 inch thickness when you roll the dough out onto the flat surface. Use a dog biscuit cookie cutter or any fun cookie cutters to cut out the cookies.
Baking and Serving
Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place the dog biscuits on it, leaving around an inch in between each biscuit. Bake the biscuits for 12 minutes. Turn the oven off, but keep the biscuits in the oven for another 30 minutes. Take them out and allow them to cool before serving them up to your buddy, who has probably been smelling something delicious in the air for what seems like forever! Place the biscuits on a baking rack to cool before serving up your masterpiece. Bon appetit!
Pamela Miller has been writing for health, beauty and animal health/welfare publications for seven years. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication from MTSU.