I know — you’ve been dying to make some dog treats, right?
Well, no, not really.
But I bought all the ingredients like two months ago, and I had some spare time on my hands last weekend, we were out of dog bones, and so here we are…
Apparently pumpkin is good for dogs? And gluten is bad. I guess — I’m not a vet, I’m making these assumptions based entirely on things I’ve seen on Pinterest. But if those two things are legit, then these treats are perfect for your pups, since they’re full of pumpkiny goodness, and are also wheat-free.
I adapted this recipe slightly, mainly because I thought I had what I needed, and naturally, I didn’t. The dogs don’t seem to know the difference. I also doubled the recipe, because the cookie cutters I had were waaaay bigger than an inch, and we go through bones like nobody’s business over here.
Here’s what I used:
1 cup of pureed pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups of brown rice flour
approx. 3″ cookie cutter — yields 70 bones
Preheat your oven to 350.
Mix everything together — maybe go to the gym and lift weights for like a week in advance, because this took me a while. Granted, I doubled the recipe, but it’s a lot of mixing. Then roll it out like you would if you were making cookies — just use some spare rice flour on your counter and your rolling pin in case it sticks (I rolled mine on top of some parchment paper so I didn’t get flour everywhere).
Cut out your bones, and line them up on a cookie sheet — no need to use cooking spray or parchment paper, mine came right off. The original directions called for rolling them 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick, so that’s what I did. (I think next time I might make them a little thicker, and try to find a smaller cookie cutter.) Dock with a fork if you want, but I don’t think it’s really necessary.
Bake for 20 minutes and then flip over, and bake for another 20 minutes.
Once everything is cooled, just store in an airtight container, and reward your patient pets.
Admission: Yes, I tasted a tiny piece. They taste like very, very, very dry brown rice. But Daisy & Jake gobble them up, so I’m assuming to a dog that is the recipe for deliciousness.