I know we normally feature "people" recipes here, but I hope you will allow me to deviate this one time. When I found out what unhealthy things are being put in dog food, I decided to feed our Westie, Reg, homemade food. (In case you didn't know, Reg is famous for appearing in my Gourmet De-Lite Series.) He can't believe his good luck! Every night he scarfs down chicken, fish or pork (and the occasional treat of some beef) with a grain like rice or barley and one of his favorite vegetables--carrots, green beans, broccoli or sweet potatoes.
I decided that since I was feeding him "real" food for breakfast and dinner, I should get rid of the dog biscuits and make him homemade treats as well. This recipe is for sweet potato dog biscuits, but I somehow managed to read "sweet potato" as "pumpkin" and I used canned pumpkin. They turned out great and Reg LOVES them! And I feel good because I know he's getting something good to eat.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Dog Biscuits:
1 cup canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling!)
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
|Use whole wheat flour|
These are so easy to make! Combine everything in your food processor and blend until a dough forms.
Add ingredients to food processor
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet (you'll probably need two) with parchment paper. Make small walnut-sized balls of dough by rolling a chunk of dough between your palms. Line up on cookie sheet.
Flatten each ball of dough. I used the bottom of a juice glass.
Bake at 350 degrees until quite hard.
And that's it! You now have homemade dog treats!
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