Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats from 101 Cooking For Two
This is a recipe for a healthierlow calorie dog bone with peanut butter and pumpkin.

Does this look like strawberry pie…. no it does not. I suffered photo failure. Somebody (me perhaps) forgot to take the pictures of the strawberries. So the doggie biscuits jumped ahead. And we get to do another strawberry pie out of this opps… ohhhhh darn.

Our golden Jake has had issues. The last two years have not been kind to Jake. First he was hit with a hereditary eye disease that lead to complete blindness in-spite of two major eye surgeries. A blown ACL with major surgery for that (a special thanks to the MSU vet school) and now a partial ACL on the other knee. So with the lack of exercise and people feeling sorry for him (us), he has gained an extra 25 pounds. I guess we are lucky he is not diabetic.

So now we count doggie calories. His big Milkbones were 120 calories each. These are 30 calories and he loves them. I took an Allrecipes recipe for Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats. I increased the pumpkin and got rid of whole eggs in favor of egg whites just to decrease the calories.

Rating: 5 Paws way up

Notes: I decrease the cooking time slightly to keep them softer for his senior teeth. The original recipe called for 40 minutes but many dog bone recipes call for 15-20 minutes and I did 30. These are firm but can be broken by hand. Since it is a dry dough, I’m very happy I started in the stand mixer. It earned it’s keep on this recipe.

Preheat oven to 350 convection.

Add 1/2 of a 14 oz can of pumpkin to 4 egg white, 1/4 cup water, 3 T peanut butter, 1/2 t salt and 1/2 t cinnamon. Turn on the mixer and combine until well mixed. I used the dough hook and it took a couple of minutes. Now slowly add 3 cups of whole wheat flour with the mixer on 2. You will need to add a little more water to get all the flour incorporated. For me it was another 1/4 cup. Again this is a very dry dough.

Place the dough on a cutting surface, cut into 4 equal pieces. Roll into logs of 1 inch diameter. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. I got 61 bones.

Prep 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper and distribute the biscuits evenly. Bake for 30 minutes for semi hard.

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 60

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

A healthier low caloric doggie treat with peanut butter and pumpkin.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 14 oz can pumpkin
  • 3 T peanut butter
  • 4 egg whites or 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. 1) Preheat oven to 350 convection.2) Add 1/2 of a 14 oz can of pumpkin to 4 egg white, 1/4 cup water, 3 T peanut butter, 1/2 t salt and 1/2 t cinnamon. Turn on the mixer and combine until well mixed. 3) Now slowly add 3 cups of whole wheat flour with the mixer on 2. You will need to add a little more water to get all the flour incorporated. For me it was another 1/4 cup. This is a very dry dough.4) Place the dough on a cutting surface, cut into 4 equal pieces. Roll into logs of 1 inch diameter. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. I got 61 bones.5) Prep 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper and distribute the biscuits evenly. Bake for 30 minutes for semi hard.
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Updated
December 7 2013

Comments

    • patti says

      Thank you for this recipe! My dog of 14 years who we saved from being put down has or had many health issues, shes blind, hardly has any teeth left as well as arthritis. I was happy to see your recipe for your dog with similar concerns. Keep creating so we can keep baking! I also add spinach for bowels since she is inactive along with water mixed with these treats since she doesnt drink much water. Watermelon is good for this. All Vet approved. Happy baking!

    • says

      Glad it’s working for you. There is a soft Milk Bone treat you might want to try also. We lost Jake this week to cancer so no dog treats for a while

      Dan

  1. says

    I think you’re in a highly questionable area with this comment that many would disagree with.

    The discussions I find are just statements and not referenced. In other words, personal opinion and not fact. My physician training says that if it is not referenced to a peer reviewed journal it is likely BS.

    Readers can do what they want. My dog likes them and appears have no adverse effects.

    This is the end of this discussion on this blog.

    • says

      Absolutely they will. Just like other baked products. They are not loaded with the chemicals of commercial dog treats that are ok for years. I would suggest refrigerate what you can’t use in 3-4 days. And they should freeze well.

  2. Antor Biswas says

    Ingredients are so very important to look at when picking out a dog food. The number one ingredient needs to be a protein. Avoid foods with by-products, artificial colors, and no-name meats. If a food says meat instead of chicken, for example, that meat could be absolutely anything. You really need to know what you are feeding your kids.

  3. Joan Dredge says

    I am so very sorry to read about you loss. It is devastating to lose such best friend. I’m sure he knew your love by the care you have given him over the years.
    Today I shall make these cookies for our near pudgy mini Aussies in honor of your Jake.

    • says

      Thanks for the note. Jake loved these treats. The new puppies are not ready for these yet. I need to find a “puppy treat” recipe.
      DrDan

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