I have a little Lhasa-Apso who has been my best little friend and companion for the last 8 years. Though he was affectionately named Powder for his puffy, white hair, he also goes by his chic French nickname, ‘Poudre’, or ‘Pou’ for short.
I’ve wanted to experiment with making my little guy some homemade dog treats for quite some time now and this Thanksgiving weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to play around with pumpkin and apple flavours. The fresh pumpkin puree was leftover from my pumpkin pie recipe, and the apple was freshly picked last weekend – it feels so great knowing that Powder is eating such fresh, quality ingredients.
It can be hard enough trying to determine where the ingredients of human pre-packaged food come from – but its infinitely harder to do so when it comes to our pets’ food and treats. I decided to side-step the problem completely by baking these easy and healthy MacroDog treats.
Some dog treat recipes call for small amounts of sweetener added in. While a small amount of maple syrup or brown rice syrup would do no harm to your pet, I found it to be an unnecessary addition of calories and sugars that I preferred to eliminate.
Considering Powder is known to eat any kind of garbage, insect, or other less-than-sanitary ‘treat’ wherever he can find it, I doubted that the added sweetener would be necessary for his canine palette. I tasted the cookies myself and was quite surprised at how sweet they were naturally! Powder happily gobbled up as many treats as I was willing to give him.
The added cinnamon is more than just a flavour-enhancing ingredient: not only does it act as a preservative, but cinnamon has antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that soothes your pets digestive system, helps to relieve internal inflammation of joints and/or organs, keeps the breath smelling fresher, and may help fight yeast infections.
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Makes 72+ small cookies
– 1 cup pumpkin puree
– 1 medium-large apple, shredded
– 1 cup oats
– 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
– 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
– ½ tsp cinnamon
– pinch salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin and apple. Stir in remaining ingredients until a loose dough forms and turn it out onto the counter to form into a proper ball of dough.
Cut dough into two or three equal pieces. Roll the first piece out about ¼ inch thick and, using a cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as you can fit. Place the cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bring the remains from the cut-out cookies back into a ball of dough and re-roll it out a ¼ inch thick, repeating the rolling and cutting process until all of the dough has been used up.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Let cookies cool and harden before sharing with your pet – and don’t be afraid to sample them yourself!