Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats
2 CUPS OF FLOUR (WE USE SPELT FLOUR)
1/4 CUP OF OAT
750g pumpkin or butternut squash (Don't throw away the seeds)
1/2 TEASPOON OF GINGER
1/2 TEASPOON OF CINNAMON
1/2 TEASPOON OF TURMERIC
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
First you will need to make the pumpkin puree. To steam the pumpkin, peel and seed it, then cut into evenly sized cubes. Put the cubes in a steamer or colander set over a pan of simmering water and cook for 10 mins. Test and cook for a further 5 mins if not cooked through. Mash and leave to cool. You will only need ¾ of a cup for this recipe, any left overs can be frozen.
Combine the flour, oats and spices together.
Mash the banana and add to the pumpkin puree.
Add the mashed banana and pumpkin to the flour and spice mix along with the egg and mix. The mixture needs to firm and easy to scoop but not too wet (if the mixture is to dry then add a little more water and if it is too wet add a little more flour).
Using a teaspoon scoop the mixture onto the lined baking tray. You can use a fork to flatten down the biscuits to give them the same texture as a pumpkin. Then bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until firm and golden.
Transfer to a wire rack and leave too cool.
Make sure the treats are completely cool before giving to your dog!
Pumpkin seeds contain beneficial nutrients such as antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc, which can contribute to your dog's overall health. Additionally, pumpkin seeds contain cucurbitin, an amino acid that is believed to have anti-parasitic properties and may help in controlling intestinal worms in dogs.
When feeding pumpkin seeds to your dog:
Ensure they are plain: Avoid giving your dog pumpkin seeds with added salt, sugar, or seasonings, as these can be harmful to dogs.
Feed them in moderation: Pumpkin seeds are calorie-dense, so it's important to give them to your dog in moderation. Too many seeds can lead to an upset stomach or other digestive issues.
Remove the shell: If you're giving your dog whole pumpkin seeds, it's a good idea to remove the hard outer shell. The shells can be difficult to digest and might cause discomfort.
Consider grinding: You can also grind pumpkin seeds and mix them into your dog's food. This makes it easier for your dog to digest and absorb the nutrients.
Watch for allergies or sensitivities: Like any new food, monitor your dog for any signs of allergies or sensitivities. If you notice any adverse reactions, consult your veterinarian.
Remember, it's always best to consult with your veterinarian before introducing new foods into your dog's diet, especially if your dog has underlying health conditions or allergies.